Ways to know you're buying fresh fish


Published February 07, 2014

| The Daily Meal

Ways to know you're buying fresh fish

Ways to know you're buying fresh fish

There are specific things that you can look for in a fish’s appearance to make sure you get yours hands on the best catch of the day.


Eyes are windows to the sole, or any other fish for that matter. Look for clarity and brightness. 

You'd be wary of a date with dull and lifeless eyes, right? Expect no less of your fish. Not that it should be winking back at you but, a fish with cloudy eyes is an indication that it is well past its prime. Your fish should also have bulging eyes. Eyes that are sunken reveal a dehydrated fish, which means it spent more time on ice than in the water before you made your purchase.


There’s nothing that poses more of a deal breaker than a date who emits foul odor. You certainly wouldn’t want a date smelling fishy. If you walk into a market and your first waft smells intensely of fish then be warned, the seafood is not fresh. Truly fresh fish should smell of the sea and have an almost briny scent.


Skin discoloration is neither appealing on people nor fish. Both are at their height of attractiveness when the skin has a healthy sheen and flesh appears firm. Touching the flesh of your prospective fish is highly recommended if your fishmonger allows you to do so. 

If you press the flesh of a fish and the skin does not bounce back, you know you have an old fish on hand. If you don’t even want to touch your fish, don’t take it home. Same goes for your date.

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