Although the fish market is the best place to buy fresh
fish, this does not mean that you can simply walk to the market and
expect to get a great fish without knowing what you are doing. For the
best fish, you should do the following:
• Go by looks – Choosing a fish is not
completely unlike choosing a spouse. The one thing that should attract
you to it initially is how it looks. Whichever looks best, probably
will be the best to choose. If you are shopping for a whole fish, look
for one that has glistening skin and bright red gills. If your potential
spouse includes these features, you better not propose just yet.
• Take a closer look – Ask if you can
touch the fish at the fish market. When you poke a fresh fish with your
finger, the flesh of it should quickly spring back into place. The flesh
of fish that is not fresh kind of just stays there.
• Smell the fish – The fish should smell
like saltwater. It should not smell like “fish” per se.
This means that the smell of the fish should not overpower you or smell
• Look to see how shellfish are opened –
If you ask for a seller at the fish market to open shellfish for you,
pay special attention to how much energy they need to exert in order
to do so. If they are prying open clams, oysters, or mussels, it should
be a difficult process that requires a little exertion since fresh shellfish
are difficult to open.
Following these guidelines while at the fish market will help increase
the likelihood that you will get a nice cut of fish.