How to get rid of the smell of fish in the kitchen: simple ways

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How to get rid of the smell of fish in the kitchen: simple ways

Fish is not only tasty but also healthy, as it contains a large amount of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins D and B12. It is an important source of selenium, which performs a protective function for cells, iodine, which supports metabolism, protein, phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium.

Cooking fish is easy, but many people avoid culinary experiments with fish products because of the specific smell. Southern Living magazine has revealed how to get rid of the fish smell in the kitchen.

Life hacks for cooking fish

Raw fish should not have a pungent, unpleasant odor. A repulsive stench means that the fish is stale and can be dangerous to eat. As a rule, fish does not start to smell strongly until the heat treatment process begins.

Ensure air circulation before, during and after cooking. If the weather permits, open a window or turn on the ventilation.

It is also important to remember that the level of fish odor depends on the way it is cooked. Foil and paper can minimize aromatic fumes.

What to do after cooking fish


Vinegar is an effective odor neutralizer. Pour 1 cup of water into a saucepan and add 3 tablespoons of white vinegar. Put the container on the stove and wait a few minutes after boiling. Acetic acid quickly neutralizes alkaline flavors.


Ground ginger, cloves, and cinnamon sticks are ideal substitutes for chemical flavors. For a quick and effective effect, they need to be boiled. Pour water into a saucepan, add the spices, and keep it in an open container after boiling for at least 15 minutes.

Citric acid

Lemon is another popular odor neutralizer. Try grinding up the peels of citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, or limes and placing them on a saucer in the kitchen.

Scented candle

Light scented candles that smell like lavender, pine needles, or citrus. However, avoid rich oriental, floral, and sweet scents, which will not neutralize the fishy smell but will only mix with it.

As a reminder, OBOZREVATEL published detailed instructions on how to make flavored sachets with your own hands. Read the article to find out what herbs, besides lavender, can be used as a filling.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you how to make your bathroom smell nice.

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