How To Determine Freshness
Here's a guide for you to determine the freshness of the seafood you are about to purchase. By going through these steps listed below, you're 90% certain to get fresh seafood.
Look for bright, clear eyes.
The eyes are the window to a truly fresh fish, for they fade quickly into gray dullness. Dull-eyed fish may be safe to eat, but they are past their prime.
Next look at the fish.
They should be beautiful, meaning they shine in metallic brilliantness and are perfectly clean.
A fresh fish should smell like the sea. Under no circumstances should you buy a really bad fishy smelling fish! NEVER buy a fish with a strong chlorine smell! Unethical fish sellers soak the fish in chlorine to mask the fishy smell or even worse, the smell of Formaldehyde.
Look at the gills.
They should be a rich red. If the fish is not fresh, they will turn the color of faded brick.
Look at the eyes.
The eyes should have a prominent appearance in the head and appear glossy or shiny.
Next look at shrimp.
The shell should have a firm and glossy appearance. Black spots on the shell are an indication that the shrimp is no longer fresh.
It should smell of the sea. It should never smell fishy. NEVER buy a shrimp with a strong chlorine smell! Unethical fish sellers soak shrimps in chlorine to mask the fishy smell or even worse, the smell of Formaldehyde.
The body of the shrimp should feel moist and firm. If it is dry and tough, it's not fresh.