How long is frozen fish good for?

First, it is important to know that frozen fish doesn't "go bad"—that is, it won't make you sick if it's been in the freezer too long. Then what, you might ask, is too long? Fish will not keep its same flavor and texture indefinitely, so when we talk about lengths of times for freezing, it is about keeping the fish at good eating quality.

Fatty fish like salmon and tuna should keep at top quality for 2-3 months, while lean fish like cod and catfish will keep well in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Just be sure to wrap it well. Its best to wrap individual portions in several layers of plastic, and press the plastic close to the flesh to remove as much air as possible. Put the individually wrapped portions in a freezer-weight plastic storage bag and label the bag with the name, size and date of contents.

For more tips on freezing foods, see our Fill-Up-Your-Freezer Storage Guide.
Recipe: Fish Tacos

Marge Perry

July 2011