How to Spot Truly Fresh Fish at the Market

Posted on May 11, 2015

Catching fresh fish is an amazing experience, but spotting fresh fish at the market may be just as tricky as fishing it out of the water. Previously filleted fish in the package requires a lot of trust in the market vendor, and in my personal experience it has not always paid off. I have found that the best varietal of whole fish near me is at the Asian markets and here’s the key things I look for in the fish to guarantee its freshness.

  1. You want to check that the fish’s flesh is firm and springs back when you press on it.
  2. The fish should have bright clear eyes as blurriness is a sign of an old fish.
  3. The skin of the fish should be shinny.
  4. Look under the gills of the fish, this area should be a very bright red color.

If you are searching for fresh saltwater fish there should be a briny smell to it, while freshwater fish will smell like a clean pond. Let me know what your favorite fish is and I will show you how to filet it step by step in the next FireDisc Grills Spread Report. If you have any cooking questions or comments please feel free to contact me at

FireDisc Grills Executive Chef
Conor Moran

How to Spot Truly Fresh Fish at the Market