Lets be honest, most of us do not understand, how to find out whether the fish we are buying is fresh or not. Here are list of few things, which needs to be done, to make sure that the fish you are buying is fresh. How to know if the fish is fresh
Follow the steps to know if the Fish is Fresh
Always get fish from a reputable market
Always go to a reputable fish market. Enquire,do some research or else rely on your instincts about the market.
Check the eyes
Look at the fish eyes if you are buying whole fish. They should be clear, not cloudy. If the eyes are cloudy, then the fish is old.
Check the flesh
Press the flesh to test it for elasticity. The flesh should be firm and springy, and it should appear shiny.
Dark spots and bruises on the flesh indicate poor quality.
Smell the fish
Smell the fish. It should not have a strong, "fishy" odor. Most fresh fish should smell faintly of the ocean. Fresh flounder should have no smell at all, and white fish should smell of melon or cucumber.
Check the gills
Look at the fish gills, which should be wet and appear bright red or bright pink. If they are faded or graying, or if the gills are dry or slimy, the fish is old.
Check for separation
Check for separation or gaps in the flesh of fillets. The flesh on a fish fillet should be tight with no separation. If there is any liquid on the meat it should be clear and not milky or slimy. A fresh fillet from a white fish should be translucent and not discolored.