The Fresh Tilapia

Tilapia fish is the most common fish that we saw in the wet market, aside from its natural sweetness and delicious meat, it is also the most affordable fish you could ever find in the market.

But don’t you know that tilapia like other fish is best when it is fresh. You should use your eyes, your nose, your fingers to personally check the quality of what you buy. It’s the only way to know what you’re paying for and control the food you serve on your table.

Use your Eyes:

  • You will know when Tilapia is fresh when their eyes are clear and bulge a little, if it is gray or cloudy, don’t buy it.
  • Its color should look shiny and gleaming. The color should be even, check for darkening or discoloration. Flip the fish in your hand like the base of the body near the tail and under the fins. Examine all sides and edges.
  • The Gills. It is at the base of the face, lift it and look for a bright red color. Check for some slime or discharge.
  • The skin should be whole too, unpierced and no cut or breaks. Don’t ever buy fish that has been sliced- it deteriorates faster unless it is vaccum packed. Some vendors also sliced old fish into fillets just to salvage some of its meat. Those cuts may be cheaper, but you’ll taste the difference.
Use your Fingers

  • The skin should feel firm, and bounce back after you press on it.
  • Walk away if detect sliminess, especially under the gills.
  • Check for freezer burn – that roughness after the meat has been frozen, thawed, and frozen again.
Use your Nose

  • The fresh Tilapia has a mild smell. Don’t buy if you smell something sharp and strong, like ammonia.
  • Better to buy fish the moment your arrive because our sense of smell easily gets acclimatized.
  • Close your eyes when you smell the fish. You get to concentrate on the odor plus, the body will compensate for the temporary loss of sense of sight by enhancing your sense of smell.
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5 Responses to “The Fresh Tilapia”

  1. momgen says:

    tilapia is always my favorite fidh here in US. Naa pa gani sa freezer heheh daghan dagko kaayo. Good post Anne. TC

  2. chubskulit says:

    Sarap ng fried tilapia hehehe.. kaso ayaw nyan ni hubby kaya seldom ako magluto ng tilaps hehehe..

  3. eden says:

    hmmm ang sarap siguro nyan.. i havent tried eating tilapia yet. maybe one of these days, i will buy one.

    nice post anne.. thanks for the sharing the tips.

  4. anne says:

    hehehe mom gen barato ra sad jud na diri lami ni siya pag iprito

  5. anne says:

    Hi den, hehehe masarap girl ang meat lalo na kung iprito mo