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Is it okay to microwave fish?

No matter how much you love a good tuna or tilapia for lunch, some see microwaving fish as a mortal sin, especially if you're eating in an office. According to this camp, the smell lingers for hours—if not days—ruining the appetites of everyone else around you. Others say it's no big deal to microwave fish. Every food leaves some sort of stench, and fish shouldn't be discriminated against. What do you think?

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No one really wants to microwave fish, but sometimes leftovers are leftovers, and you have no choice. According to Domesticity's Tom Scocca, as long as you microwave the fish the day after it's cooked, it'll still be good to eat. Will it be better than it was the night before? No. Will it tide you over until dinner? Absolutely. Here is Scocca's advice:

Microwave it for 20 seconds, with the power on 30 or 40 percent. No more. Check it. It will be indistinguishable from how it was when you took it out of the fridge.
Rearrange it in the dish a little. Microwave it again, maybe only 15 seconds, again at no more than 40 percent. Check it, repeat. Keep going.
It will be slow. But at some point, after you've done this several times, the fish will be just warm when you check it. The texture will be more or less what it was when it came out of the fridge. You're done.

It's a process, but that process can save you money and limit any fishy smells for your neighbors. 

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But for some, there's no compromising. No one wants the break room or communal area of any sort filled with a gross, fishy smell. There are too many people in the world who hate fish altogether to commit such an atrocity in an office space. Play it safe, and just leave the microwaving to your home turf. 

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Forget reheating fish, some say you can cook fish in a microwave. Apparently, everyone has been missing a key life-hack according to Eating Well:

Cook a steak in the microwave and you’ll end up with shoe leather. Fish, on the other hand, can be cooked perfectly in the microwave. Simply wrap your fish in microwave-safe plastic with a little seasoning (salt and pepper and some lemon, perhaps) and cook for about 2 minutes on high.

Bon appétit!

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Ironically, according to Bon Appétit itself, putting fish in the microwave is a gamble. Alyse Whitney advises:

If someone's desk is right next to the kitchen, they're going to need to stock up on air fresheners, but even people a few rows away will probably have to smell it forever.

Putting fish in the microwave reflects a lack of courtesy for those near you. Don't be that person–your coworkers beg of you!

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