While it is generally assumed that buying fish at a seafood
market will yield you fresh fish, this is not always necessarily true.
You should remember these tips in order to be able to find the freshest
fish at the market.
• If the fish is filleted, it is not completely fresh. The fact
is that it takes a process to get the fish from being caught to the
stage when they are being filleted. Usually the fish is caught 2-3 days
earlier and then put on ice. The fish is then transported from a warehouse
to the seafood market, where it is filleted on site. If you see fish
lying out and the seller tells you it was caught that day, he is probably
lying to you.
On the other hand, if the seller at the seafood market is selling whole
fish, there is a good chance that it could have been caught that very
• You will want to ask some questions about the fish while at
the seafood market. For example, tuna, salmon, and halibut are often
caught and shipped out immediately. Whereas other kinds of fish like
Tilapia and Orange Roughy are sent to a packing box for a while. It
is best that you simply ask the seller at the fish market how long ago
the fish was caught and where has it been since it was caught.
• If you are unsure about how much you will like fish, you might
want to start off with a less “fishy” fish. Orange Roughy,
Halibut, and Tilapia are all considered to be types of fish that are
not super “fishy.” Salmon, on the other hand, is a type
of fish that many people buy at the seafood market that is considered
to be a very “fishy” fish.