Why is my cod tough?

Chef's answer
Fish that seems tough when you bite into it is probably overcooked. As it moves from done to "overdone," the flesh continues to firm then shrinks, pushing out moisture, which evaporates and leaves the fish dry and chewy. Fresh fish needs little embellishment, for its flavor is as fragile as its flesh.
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8 Simple Ways to Make Tough Meat Tender
  • Physically tenderize the meat. For tough cuts like chuck steak, a meat mallet can be a surprisingly effective way to break down those tough muscle fibers. ...
  • Use a marinade. ...
  • Don't forget the salt. ...
  • Let it come up to room temperature. ...
  • Cook it low-and-slow. ...
  • Hit the right internal temperature. ...
  • Rest your meat. ...
  • Slice against the grain.
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