Fish is one of those items that are very perishable and many of us do not live near the ocean to ensure fresh seafood. Here are a few tips to insure you are getting the freshest fish.
If you can, buy from an established seafood dealer.
Smell the fish. Does it have a fishy odor? Fresh fish has little odor and smells of sea water. Strong fishy odors indicate the fish is aging.
Press on the fish. It should feel firm and elastic. When you lift your finger, there should be no visible indention. A fish that has a slimy surface has begun deteriorating.
Make your fish purchase the last stop on your list of errands. If you live a distance from home be sure to bring along a cooler with ice. Once home, pat the fish dry and place it in a zip lock storage bag and get out as much air as possible before sealing. Place the fish on a bed of ice in a deep container . Store the container in the coldest part of the refrigerator. As the ice melts, drain the water and replace the ice. The fish will stay fresh for a day or two if it was fresh when purchased.