No matter where you live, the first step to cooking with fish is always to find a great fishmonger. "I use the analogy of an auto mechanic," says Flynn. "I don't know how to work on cars, but I trust my mechanic. Do the same thing with your fishmonger."
The guy behind the counter may be accustomed to people ordering with minimal interaction, so if you ask questions, you'll find out what time shipments come in and more often than not you'll be steered toward the freshest catch. The further you get away from the water, the more important this is. "Especially if you live in a state that starts with 'I,'" says Flynn.