Tip #1: Smell the Fish and Take a Good Look
When checking out a piece of fish, whether haddock or salmon, assess if it possesses a shiny, metallic look. Does it look clean, or does it look dull with discolored patches? Sniff the fish, too. It should smell like clean water, perhaps with just a touch of brine. If you detect a distinct odor, put it back. Fish should never be smelly, and no, cooking it won’t make the smell go away.
Tip #2: Look For Lively Shellfish
When on the hunt for a good lobster or crab, look for signs of life, ensuring the ones you choose are freely scampering about the tank. Avoid those that appear listless or motionless, as they may be starving with almost no meat inside. Find out when the fish retailer gets new shipments in, and target your visits to those dates for the freshest shellfish.
Tip #3: Buy Whole, Frozen Shrimp
If you don’t have access to fresh shrimp near the ocean, you’re best off buying whole, frozen shrimp. Why whole? This protects the shrimp from the extreme cold and helps them retain their moisture. If you can get really great fresh shrimp, go for the ones with the head on, which are moister. You don’t want to overcook and serve dry shrimp.