Identifying Fresh Fish

Characteristics of Fresh Fish


We had lots of fun making this Fresh Fish Master Class video. I had my first guest, Aust Martin from Aust stopped on the way over, on a rainy, gray day, to catch a trout for the show. You can’t get any fresher than that!

We cover lots of material in these videos and I’ve listed in bullet points the highlights of what to look for when buying whole fresh fish.

Watch the Video here or on YouTube at Honeypie’s Recipe Channel!



It’s really important to purchase your fish from a pristine fish monger. The place should sparkle, have a very fresh smell, like seawater. The cases should be filled with lots and lots of ice, but the fish should not be in any water. Another important key to freshness is turnover, which means frequent purchases and replenishment.

Fresh Fish Characteristics


Yes: Crystal clear, plump, moist
No: sunken or cloudy

Characteristics of Fresh Fish


Yes: Clean, cold and bright color
No: Slimy and dark color


Yes: wet and whole
No: dried out, torn or broken


Yes: cold, wet, slippery and resilient when poked
No: sticky, finger indentation remains when poked

Characteristics of Fresh Fish


Yes: Clean, fresh
No: funky, fishy

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