What does a bad steak smell like?

Chef's answer
It smells bad Fresh red meat has a light bloody, or metallic smell. ... On the other hand, if your steak has gone bad, it will have a definitive odor that smells sour, or a little like eggs or ammonia. This smell will be unpleasant enough to make you recoil and may make you feel a bit sick!26 Aug 2020
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A spoiled steak will have a potent odor that no longer smells like raw steak but instead has an ammonia-clad aroma. You'll definitely know the odor when you smell it, and it's a sure-fire sign that you should not plan to eat it! It's important to note that your nose may not also be the best thing to use.
surstrommingA newly opened can of surstromming has one of the most putrid food smells in the world, even stronger than similarly fermented fish dishes such as the Korean hongeohoe or Japanese kusaya.
If your raw salmon has a strong smell, it's probably gone bad. The fishy smell will be pretty obvious, and bad salmon smells rather ammonia-like if it's not a good idea to cook it. Fresh salmon won't have such a strong smell and instead has more of a mild scent, so this is a good first sign of spoilage.4 Dec 2020
If your raw salmon has a strong smell, it's probably gone bad. The fishy smell will be pretty obvious, and bad salmon smells rather ammonia-like if it's not a good idea to cook it. Fresh salmon won't have such a strong smell and instead has more of a mild scent, so this is a good first sign of spoilage.4 Dec 2020
Cooked ham steak will usually stay good for 3 to 5 days in the fridge and 3 months in the freezer. ... The best way is to smell and look at the ham steak: signs of bad ham steak are a sour smell, dull color and slimy texture
Some good news: If you eat chicken that smells a little bit off, you're most likely going to be OK. Pathogenic bacteria like salmonella, listeria, and E. coli are your biggest risks with raw chicken, and cooking it to a proper 165 degrees Fahrenheit will render those harmless.30 Nov 2016
spoilage"The ammonia odor indicates spoilage." ... The ammonia odor may be more difficult or even impossible to detect when the lobster tails or shrimp are frozen. Cooking will bring out the odor, indicating that the product is spoiled.20 May 1987
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