Fresh Fish and seafood are amazing on STONEGRILL! Hapuka works really well due to its density and game fish like tuna and salmon are perfect seared and cooked medium rare. Scallops are divine and prawns are always a guest favourite!
But why should you eat fish and what should you look for when buying it?…
WHY IS EATING FISH HEALTHY?
Fish is a high-protein, low-fat food that provides a range of health benefits. White-fleshed fish, in particular, is lower in fat than any other source of animal protein, and oily fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids, or the “good” fats. Since the human body can’t make significant amounts of these essential nutrients, fish are an important part of the diet.
Buying fish? What you need to know
FRESH IS BEST – BUT NOW CAN YOU TELL?
- Look for bright, clear eyes. The eyes are the window to a truly fresh fish, for they fade quickly into grey dullness. Dull-eyed fish may be safe to eat, but they are past their prime.
- Next look at the fish. Does it shine? Does it look metallic and clean? Or has it dulled or has discoloured patches on it? If so, it is marginal.
- Smell it. A fresh fish should smell like clean water, or a touch briny or even like cucumbers. Under no circumstances should you buy a nasty smelling fish. Cooking won’t improve it.
- Look at the gills. They should be a rich red. If the fish is old, they will turn the colour of faded brick.
- Look for vibrant flesh. All fish fade as they age. If the fillet still has skin, that skin should look as pristine as the skin on an equally good whole fish – shiny and metallic.
- Smell it. The smell test is especially important with fillets. They should have no pungent aromas.
- Is there liquid on the meat? If so, that liquid should be clear, not milky. Milky liquid on a fillet is the first stage of rot.
- If the fishmonger lets you, press the meat with your finger. It should be resilient enough so your indentation disappears. If your fingerprint remains, move on.
EDUCATING YOURSELF ON SUSTAINABLE FISHING PRACTICES
There is no universal seafood labelling system for grocery stores, restaurants, or fish markets, so buying eco-friendly fish often requires a little diligence on your part.
Here are the best things to ask:
- Is the fish wild-caught or farm-raised, how was it caught? (Were long lines used, or was it caught by a pole? Long lines often catch extra unwanted “bycatch.”)
- Is this fish really a… (red snapper, wild salmon, grouper, etc.)? These are prime candidates for fish fraud.
Want to know which sustainable fish to buy? Check out the Best Fish Guide