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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

TILAPIA — FRESH, COOKED

RefrigeratorRefrigerator
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 3-4 days
Freezer Freezer
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 2-3 months
Tips
  • How long does cooked tilapia last in the fridge? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions — refrigerate tilapia within two hours of cooking.
  • To maximize the shelf life of cooked tilapia for safety and quality, refrigerate the tilapia in shallow airtight containers or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
  • Properly stored, cooked tilapia will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
  • To further extend the shelf life of cooked tilapia, freeze it; freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags, or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap.
  • How long does cooked tilapia last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 2 to 3 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only — cooked tilapia that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long does cooked tilapia last after being frozen and thawed? Cooked tilapia that has been thawed in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before cooking; tilapia that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be eaten immediately.
  • How long does cooked tilapia last at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; cooked tilapia should be discarded if left for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • How to tell if cooked tilapia is bad? The best way is to smell and look at the tilapia: signs of bad tilapia are a sour smell and a slimy texture; discard any tilapia with an off smell or appearance, do not taste first.

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