It’s a fishy world out there, which means there are a few things that everyone should know about fresh fish. It is one of the healthiest, most inexpensive, and easiest types of food to prepare. However, even with all its benefits, fish is not consumed as much as meat simply because people are often confused about how to eat and prepare fresh fish. With more than 500 different species of fish in the sea, it is easy to see why.
Luckily seafood restaurant Deepwater Seafood is sharing the five things you need to know about fish:
- Buying frozen seafood when possible will not only save you money, but will usually taste better since it hasn’t previously been defrosted. Fish should be defrosted in the refrigerator the night before you plan on cooking it. Whatever you do, don’t refreeze any leftover seafood, as it will dramatically change the flavor and texture.
- Naturally tender and with very little connective tissue, fish is very easy to cook! They usually require short cooking times at high temperatures. To ensure you don’t overcook your fish, try poaching the seafood or wrapping it in aluminum foil, coated with olive oil on the inside.
- Due to less connective tissue and fat, the flesh of fish is very delicious when it’s cooked. This means you don’t have to overload it with spices and sauces to get the flavor. Simply marinate it briefly for a hint of taste.
- Don’t always believe what you read on the label. Many fish retailors and seafood companies will try to say that they sell “organic” fish. However, you may want to know that there is no such thing! The USDA has not issued any regulations on organic or non-organic seafood.
- Buying Wild or Farm Raised fish is the big debate right now, but unfortunately there is no right choice. Some farm-raised fish, like tilapia has been tested with a lower toxicity level than those tested in open waters. At the same time, farm-raised salmon toxicity is much higher than what is found in the wild. If you want to be sure what you are buying, read the fine print on the label. If it mentions coloring, or natural coloring added, that means the salmon was farmed. A rule of thumb is the larger the fish and the older the fish, the more toxins it may contain.
Be wise about your seafood and visit seafood restaurant Deepwater Seafood for a wide variety of fresh fish and helpful tips.