My seafood smells ‘fishy’, is it OK to eat?
In many ways your nose is the best indicator of whether or not seafood is fresh. Only stale seafood smells ‘fishy’, fresh seafood has little aroma except for a slight fresh ‘sea’ smell. Other signs of freshness include bright shiny skin or shell, and in the case of fillets and steaks, bright lustrous flesh that doesn’t look dried out or discoloured. If there’s a bloodline, it should be bright red rather than dark or browning. Some people say bright eyes are a good indicator, but eyes can go cloudy if they come into contact with ice, so cloudy eyes alone do not indicate that the fish is stale. Most importantly ‘the nose knows’, if it smells ‘fishy’, it’s past its prime!