Knowing how to buy fresh fish or seafood can make or break that dinner your going serve tonight! Unless you caught the fish yourself, you really have no way of knowing exactly how fresh it is. But buying fresh fish and knowing “what kind of fish you want” is easy if you know what to look for.
First of all did you know that there are two broad categories with fish?
Lean fish: include mild-tasting sole, flounder, snapper, cod, halibut, and haddock.
Oily fish: have more intense flavor, higher levels of heart-healthy omega fatty acids, these include bluefish, mackerel, salmon, swordfish, and tuna.
Here are some tips when your buying fish:
In a whole fish, the eyes should be bright and clear. The gills of fresh fish are deep red, not brownish. The skin should be firm, clear, and bright with no trace of slime.
Fish that’s fresh from the ocean smells like the ocean — briny, fresh, and mild. If it smells sour or has a strong “fishy” odor, your shopping in the wrong place.
If possible, get fresh-cut fillets from whole fish. Purchase precut fillets only if they’re displayed on a bed of ice, not sealed under plastic, which can trap bacteria and foul odors. Fillets should look moist and lie flat, with no curling at the edges.
Lastly, discounts are not always a bargain: You can be sure that the $2.99lb filet of soul is probably last week’s unsold $7.99lb piece of filet of soul.
We at Rizzuto’s purchase our fish DAILY and our team works hard to offer the freshest and safest seafood products to your table.