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Cod worms?

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I started my fish challenge with a simple seared cod fillet. When I cut into the thickest part of the fillet I found a pinkish/red worm. Has anyone ever run across this? I live in Northwest Washington where seafood is fresh and plentiful, I have never had this problem before. The fillet looked and smelled fine, Is there something I should be looking for?
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Here is a good link: http://www.fao.org/wairdocs/tan/x5951e/x5951e01.htm

It's a cod worm. I encountered these while helping my uncle butcher frozen cod. We would cut around the worm, discard it and continue with the butchering.

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post #3 of 8

Extra protein! I couldn't resist :lol:

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Is it safe to eat the rest of the fillet if you cut out the part with the worm?
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I've come across them before most recently in Bacalao when I was making Brandade de Morue.  I removed them out and continued cooking.

 

Freakiest time was when I opened an oyster and a gnarly worm with large mandibles reared it's ugly head as if to inquire "WTF" are you lookin' at. 

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Is it safe to eat the rest of the fillet if you cut out the part with the worm?


I would say "Yes, why not?" but I am sure many people would disagree.
 

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Freakiest time was when I opened an oyster and a gnarly worm with large mandibles reared it's ugly head as if to inquire "WTF" are you lookin' at. 


But as soon as I see a worm in a oyster, I freak out.

It's a strange thing. :P

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post #7 of 8
Put the fish in front if a strong light. That way you should be able to see if there is any more worms in it. It's safe to eat when you have removed the worms.
post #8 of 8

Always as well as in sword fish shark and many others  the heat makes them surface from the fish. All fish cooks should have a needle nose pliers handy to pull them out so you dont have to cut the fish.

 

This is why many places freeze fish first as this kills most of them

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