Looking to buy fresh fish online? Look no further! At The Cornish Fish Co., we can deliver the best seafood right to your doorstep in less than 48 hours. Want to find out more about selecting the freshest seafood? Keep reading!
How to pick the freshest seafood
If you’re not sure how to select the best fish for your dish, we’re here to help. There are a few things you can look out for when choosing your fresh seafood, from sight to smell.
Assess the physical appearance
Fresh fish should never look dull, it should be bright in colour and glossy. The skin should almost have a metallic glow. If you notice any bruising or discolouration, this could be a sign that the fish isn’t as fresh as it could be. Crustaceans and molluscs should also be bright, with no discolouration close to the joints. All parts of the shellfish should be intact – including shells and tentacles.
Ignore cloudy eyes
You might have been told to avoid cloudy eyes in the past, but that’s actually untrue! Cloudy eyes can be caused by melting ice, which is common and for the most part harmless. You should check the eyes to make sure they’re full and firm, this will be a more reasonable indication of freshness.
Check the gills
Checking the gills is the easiest way to work out the freshness of a whole fish. Fresh fish should have purple, red or pink gills. As fish lose their freshness, the gills will become dull, dry, and greyish brown.
Check the shells
Crustaceans should have firm shells, as this means the meat inside will be at its freshest. The shells will become softer over time, reducing the quality and flavour of the crab meat. Despite this, soft shells can be deep-fried and enjoyed whole.
Give it a sniff!
Last, but certainly not least, check the smell! The smell is the biggest indicator of whether or not your seafood is fresh. A salty, seaweed smell is a good sign – but if it starts to smell unsavoury, steer clear.
Of course, if you’re looking to buy fresh fish online, you won’t be able to check the fish yourself before purchasing. Not to worry, The Cornish Fish Co. always delivers fresh fish, often within 36 hours of it being caught. We check every catch to make sure it’s the best quality for our customers.
Buy fresh fish online from The Cornish Fish Co.
At The Cornish Fish Co., you can get fresh seafood delivered straight to your door. This way, you don’t have to select the perfect fish or even go out to get it – we’ve got you covered! Our online shop offers a whole host of fresh seafood – categorised for your convenience. These categories are:
There is also the option to filter our store by preparation method – either filleted or whole – or by price. This way, you can sort based on what you’re looking for and your budget. To buy fresh fish online, select between sole, salmon, bass, cod, mullet, gurnard, kippers, trout, skate, and much more!
A Taste of Looe – Subscription Box
If you don’t want to worry about selecting your fish each month, we’ve got the perfect option for you. Our ‘A Taste of Looe’ subscription box is £25 on the first of each month and includes a selection of fresh fish caught by Looe boats. The subscription will be delivered to you on the first Wednesday of each month. This is a variation of our ‘Catch of the Day’ boxes, giving you an insight into what species are available off the Cornish Coast. This box will include 4-5 x 300g packs (a minimum of 8-10 portions).
Please note: To work with a small inshore fleet, we buy fish when it’s in season, so we have invested in a blast freezer for this product. The fish will be landed in the early hours every morning, filleted by hand, vacuum-packed instantly, and then blast frozen to -22. All within hours of being landed! It doesn’t get any fresher than this.
Interested in our delivery service? Check out our website to buy fresh fish online. Alternatively, get in touch with us by giving us a call on 01503 265566.