The ultimate beginner’s guide to picking the right fish | The Waterfront Market

The ultimate beginner’s guide to picking the right fish



Fish is widely considered to be one of the healthiest types of meat to consume and your body will just love it thanks to its many nutrients. It is packed with protein, iodine, vitamins, and minerals that our bodies might be lacking.

It is not just healthy, but also extremely delicious especially when bought fresh. So, we are here to help you with a few tips to pick the best catch the next time you decide to make a rewarding seafood dish for the family!

Fresh ocean breeze!

If you are thinking of buying a whole fish, make sure to choose the ones that smell like fresh sea water. Just imagine closing your eyes at the beach on an early morning and taking in a deep breath from the refreshing breeze that surrounds you, that crisp but slightly briny scent is exactly what you should be looking for.

I sea you!

If you want to choose the tenderest and most delicious catch, make sure you notice the eyes! And as Samuel Richardson once said, “Where words are restrained, the eyes often talk a great deal.”

Look for clear and shiny eyes, this will tell you just how young and fresh your fish is likely to be because they tend to fade rapidly, turning greyish and dull. They will still be safe to eat, they just would not taste like high quality.

Glamorously shiny!

Is the fish you are taking home look like a 10? In other words, does it look clean and shiny enough as if it just came out of a fresh, hot shower? If not, and instead looks a bit discolored or dull, just walk past it. It will be very questionable whether it could be safe to consume. So better be safe than sorry.

Ruby red!

You cannot miss this one. Make sure you look for vibrant, ruby-like red gills. Those will indicate and give you an idea about the age of your fish. The richer and more vibrant the color, the tastier and more delicious fish meat you will get. If they are old, the gills will likewise look faded and brownish in color.

Dripping water hollows out stone!

If you are considering buying fresh fillets, make sure that it is not dripping liquid. The meat should look clear and glossy. If there is any sign of a dripping slime, or milky-like fluid, it simply means that this fish is starting to rot. And you do not want under any circumstances to be consuming that.

Now that you are aware of the basic steps to follow to go back home with the freshest catch of the day, you can pay the Waterfront Market a visit where you can find over 350 seasonal varieties of fish & seafood from the region and internationally.