Fresh Fish Tips From a Pike Place Market Fish Monger

By Sara Bonisteel

Buying fresh fish can be a daunting endeavor. How should it smell? What should it look like? How should you treat it once you get it home?

We spoke with Anders Miller, a fishmonger at the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle, and one of the coauthors of In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys: 100 Recipes and Tips From the World-Famous Crew of Pike Place Fish, for advice on how to buy, clean, and cook fresh fish.

The Pike Place Fish Market, which sees more than 10 million visitors a year, is renowned for Northwestern favorites like salmon, Dungeness crab, and Pacific rockfish. Miller, who had no fish experience aside from the fishing hole prior to starting work at the market, says shopping for and cooking fish is a breeze if you know what to look for. Here Miller shares some of his advice for buying, preparing, and cleaning fish.

Check out the slideshow above to learn fresh fish tips from a Pike Place Market fish monger.

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