6 ways to tell if your fish is fresh

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Buying Fresh Fish

What are the telltale signs of fresh fish and fish that is past its prime? Here are 6 simple ways to make sure you pick the freshest fish, every time.

What are the telltale signs of fresh fish and fish that has passed its prime? Unless you’ve caught it yourself you don’t know how fresh it really is. The defining difference between a seafood dish and a tasty seafood dish depends on how fresh your fish is. Use these 6 methods to make sure you always buy the best quality fish products.

How to pick fresh, good quality fish:

  1. The eyes of the fish should be clean and clear, not sunken. If it’s bloody or cloudy it means the fish is old.
  2. The scales should be firm and clinging to the body of the fish.
  3. The fish should not smell ‘fishy’ but should have a fresh sea aroma- it should smell as fresh as the ocean.
  4. Look for bright red gills. If the fish has gills the colour of a faded brick, don’t buy it.
  5. Hold the fish between your fingers. The flesh of the fish should be firm with a little springiness to it.
  6. Press the flesh with your finger. The flesh should rise up quickly under the pressure of your finger and should be firm enough to not leave an indentation. If your fingerprint remains the fish isn’t up to par.
 
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