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How to Choose the Freshest Fish

Even if the nearest ocean is miles away, it's still possible to find quality fresh fish. Just keep these basic tips in mind when selecting fresh fish.

Fresh fish is almost universally better than frozen, but if you don't live near a large body of water, it can be hard to guarantee quality fillets.

 

    To make sure you're buying good quality fish, the first important thing is to find a good vendor. Fish sold at seafood markets will almost always be fresher than fish sold at large grocery stores.
 
    Once you have the fish in front of you, start by looking at it. The fillets should be slightly translucent and evenly colored — no dark spots or streaks. Next, ask to touch it. It should feel firm, not mushy, and should spring back when lightly pressed. Finally, smell it. It should smell clean, not "fishy."