Fish is a wonderful addition to a healthy diet. The key to great tasting fish is to start with fresh fish. Here are some easy tips to make sure you get the freshest catch of the day at the fish counter:
- Always smell fish before you buy it. Don't be shy at the fish counter, take a quick sniff to test if fish is fresh. Fresh fish should smell like the sea, if it smells fishy and pungent, move on.
- If you're buying a whole fish, check the eyes and gills. Clear, bright eyes are an indicator of freshness, whereas grey, dull or sunken eyes are a sign that the fish is less than fresh. Gills on a freshly caught fish should be a rich red colour and the scales should be shiny and metallic. Fading, brown spots and discolouration on the skin mean the fish is beginning to decay.
- Always keep fish well-chilled and if you don't plan on cooking fish right away, freeze it as it can spoil on you quickly.
- Make friends with your fishmonger. This way, you can get the scoop on when the fish is delivered, and they'll be more than happy to help you pick out the freshest ones.
Managed to pick out the perfect looking fish? Here are some recipes for inspiration: