How to choose the freshest fish

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How to choose the freshest fish

Not sure you’re selecting the freshest fish? Look out for these four telltale signs, says Woolworths seafood technologist Hezron Joseph


Gently press the flesh with your fingertip, it should feel firm and quickly bounce back to its original form. If the flesh remains sunken, give it a wide berth.

The gills

The gills, if still present, should be maroon to bright red. If they’re turning brown or white, steer clear.


Eyes should be clear and not sunken. Whole fish that have been frozen and thawed often have cloudy eyes.


Smell – fresh fish smells like the ocean. If it smells fishy, it’s on its way out.

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