Buying Fish

Pete Evans shares his tips on what to look for when buying fresh fish.

Whole Fish


  • Bright and lustrous skin or scales
  • Firm flesh that springs back when touched
  • Bright pink-red gills
  • Pleasant fresh sea smell

Fillets and Cutlets


  • Flesh should be bright, lustrous and firm
  • Any dark muscle should be a pink-red colour
  • Pleasant fresh sea smell
  • No discolouration, gaping or bruising

Crustaceans and Molluscs


  • Brightly coloured, lustrous shells or flesh
  • Firm and intact shells, heads, tentacles or flesh
  • Shells closed or closes when tapped or squeezed
  • Pleasant fresh sea smell
  • No discolouration, particularly at joints

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