Is It Better to Buy Fresh or Frozen Fish?

updated May 1, 2019
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Q: Is it better to buy frozen fish or fresh fish from the meat and seafood counter at grocery stores? I know it’s better to buy shrimp frozen since the shrimp sold at the seafood section is just frozen shrimp that has been thawed, at least in most cases.

But does the same go for other types of fish, like salmon and cod? Are they just defrosted pieces of flash-frozen fish?

Sent by Heather

Editor: Buying frozen fish is typically more affordable than buying fresh, and it gives you the opportunity to buy certain varieties that might not be available fresh in your area, particularly if you live in a part of the country where fresh fish isn’t readily available. Of course, there are also other factors to consider when making this decision.

Kitchn readers, what do you think: Is it better to buy fresh or frozen seafood?