What is the smelliest fish?

Surströmming. Surströmming (say “soor-stroh-ming”) is tinned fish from Sweden that is fermented (put in a salty brine for two months) before the tins are sealed up and sold. The process of fermenting the fish creates a strong rotten egg smell.

Is surströmming illegal in the US?

The whitefish is fermented in brine filled barrels, then canned. Surströmming (fermented herring) is one of the foulest smelling foods I know. The information in this site is for news and entertainment purposes only. In general, this condition is illegal and can be ignored.

What is the stinky Norwegian fish?

Rakfisk is trout sprinkled with salt and fermented in water for – depending on how smelly you like your fish – up to a year. As the dark sets in and the weather turns cold, Norwegians flock to a festival here in Fagernes devoted to this most, well, captivating of foods.

What is the least smelly fish?

1. Arctic Char is very similar to salmon, but with a much milder flavor. Since it’s less oily than salmon, it’s lighter and creamier (and doesn’t stink up your kitchen when you’re cooking it).

Is smelly fish safe to eat?

As long as the flesh is still firm and the skin is shiny rather than slimy, this fish is still fine to cook and eat. (Obviously, if your seafood smells overpoweringly of ammonia, or is mushy, slimy or otherwise questionable, discard it.)

Why does fermented fish smell so bad?

Chemical process. The fermentation happens through autolysis and starts from a lactic acid enzyme in the spine of the fish. Together with bacteria, pungent smelling acids are formed, such as propionic acid, butyric acid and acetic acid. Hydrogen sulfide is also produced.

Does fishy smell mean fish is bad?

Smell for a pungent fishy aroma. All fish—raw or cooked—smells like fish. However, refrigerated fish that has started to go bad will have an increasingly fishy smell. As fish continues to spoil, its pungent fish smell will grow stronger and stronger. It’s best to discard fish as soon as it starts to smell “off.”