Benefits of Fish
To know and savor the best of the Azores, one must truly get to know the species that inhabit the islands and their waters.
The Autonomous Region of the Azores is the region with the highest consumption of fish in Portugal, especially Bigeye Tuna, Red Snapper, Redfish, Alfonsino, Bluemouth rockfish and Wreckfish.
In addition to being an easily digestible food, fish plays an important role in improving memory and concentration, while also helping to prevent cardiovascular disease. They are extremely rich in minerals (calcium, iron, fluorine, phosphorus, iodine) and vitamins (vitamin D). Like meat, it has no carbohydrates and is low in unsaturated fat, while providing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are essential for the proper functioning of our body. It can be consumed in many forms (fresh, frozen, dry or canned) which makes it one of the most important foods and exports in Azorean cuisine.
Incorporating Azorean fish into your nutritional regimen will contribute to a more balanced diet and a healthier lifestyle overall. Captured through traditional, sustainable methods, the delicious fish of the Azores is sure to leave all who eat it with a good taste in their mouth.
Follow our suggestions on how to consume our fish in a healthier way.
How to keep fish fresh
Fish always has the best flavor soon after being caught, but there are a few tricks to preserve the freshness that help to conserve all its properties and nutrients. It is important to know that the fish can be kept in the refrigerator – preferably in the coldest zone – for a maximum of two days.
How to defrost the fish
Proper defrosting of fish helps keep the meat tastier and preserve proper texture. The simplest method is to take it out of the freezer and leave it in the refrigerator the night before preparation. If you are pressed for time, you can also defrost it in a container of cold water for day-of cooking.
How to buy thawed fish
Frozen fish should always be bought in sealed packages without any cracks. Pay attention to packaging that contains ice crystals inside. “Freezer-burned” packaging indicates that the fish may have been stored for a long time and may not be suitable for consumption.
Common mistake when thawing fish
Never defrost fish in hot water. In addition to unfreezing the meat too quickly and disproportionately, doing this alters its flavor and texture and can also make the fish more susceptible to bacterial contamination.cteria.
It is increasingly important to choose a healthy diet. Steaming is one of the healthier and simpler techniques used in cooking, making the meat more tender and tasty.