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Got sand dabs from the farmer's market but they smell very fishy...ok to eat?

I got some sand dabs from a fish monger at a farmer's market yesterday -- when they defrosted, they smelled quite fishy even through the pastic bag. I've always heard that fresh fish shouldn't smell fishy. Are sand dabs particularly fishy-smelling fish, or did I get a less than fresh bag? Are they ok to eat?

asked by clintonhillbilly over 4 years ago
7 answers 2795 views
added over 4 years ago

I am not familiar with sand dabs, but if something didn't smell right to me, I wouldn't eat it. Especially fish!


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added over 4 years ago

"Fresh" fish should never smell "fishy". Sounds more like cat food.


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added over 4 years ago

I had to look that up. They look like a flounder or flat fish. Still slimy or fishy smelling fish should be tossed.

At first I thought it was something Florence Henderson would have picked up from the former mayor of NYC.


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added over 4 years ago

I don't think I'd eat them, but I do think I would be sure to tell the fishmonger next time I went to the market that his sand dabs were off.


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added over 4 years ago

For all of you you haven't had the pleasure of eating them: sanddabs are small flounder that are generally sold on the bone. They are easy to pan fry and are a California favorite. There's just no excuse for them to be anything but very fresh. Honestly, I've never seen them frozen and would recommend them if they were. Sorry clintonhillbilly, I hate it when I buy fish that's not good.

added over 4 years ago

Take them back! The fish store that I go to never has a fishy smell, as all their fish is very fresh. You might want to find another fish store!

added over 4 years ago

Please let the fish monger know. In my experience vendors would much rather have you complain to them so they can do something about it - like refund or exchange. They want to deliver quality and if there is a problem want to fix it! And I concur with everyone else - smells bad, don't eat it.