When buying seafood, here are some of the common questions we get asked at Fishfiles. Our goal is to provide answers to these and any other question consumers have.

How do I know if the seafood I am buying is fresh? 

There are several things you can look at to determine the freshness of seafood. Generally, seafood that smells fresh, looks glossy, moist and undamaged is a good choice. You can find more details here.

Is fresh seafood better than frozen? 

It is a myth that chilled seafood is always of better quality than frozen. Often, fish that was frozen shortly after capture will be of better quality than something that sits in your fridge for a couple of days before you cook it. 

Is canned seafood a good option? 

Canned seafood is a convenient alternative to fresh or frozen. Its nutritional value is often comparable to that of other seafood. It is important to note however that canned seafood is often not from Australia.

Where can I buy seafood? 

You can buy seafood at your local supermarket, farmers markets, fish markets and some deli shops.

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Alfonsino is bright red, with a silvery-pink belly a red iris and a deeply forked tail. It has a high oil content and firm white flesh. It can be used in a wide variety of dishes including fish cakes and croquettes. They are ideally suited to baking, shallow frying and grilling. An excellent method of preparation for these species is the Cajun style of marinating or coating the fillets in red...

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