A business professional with experience in tax mitigation strategies, Samuel Brice Hall serves as the director of investor relations for Piedmont Private Equity, LLC. In his leisure time, Samuel Brice Hall loves cooking and is especially skilled at making seafood dishes.
Buying fish is an important step in creating flavorful seafood dishes, but finding fresh fish can sometimes be a challenge, especially if you live in a landlocked area. If you're buying a whole fish, pay close attention to the fish's eyes. When the fish is fresh, its eyes appear bright and clear; they are never sunken or cloudy.
The gills and skin on a whole fish also indicate freshness. Gills should be bright red and the skin should be clean and taut. Finally, the stomach of a fresh fish should be tight, and there should be no “fishy” or pungent smell emanating from the fish.
Choosing a fresh fish fillet is a similar process, but there are fewer visible guidelines to follow. The odor is often the best way to determine the freshness of a fish fillet – there should be no fishy smell. Any skin left on the fillet should be checked for tightness and cleanliness. The flesh of a fish fillet also serves as a good indicator of freshness. The flesh should be shiny, firm, and moist.