Fresh fish at the Italian market

Some people are not keen on fish, some don’t like the taste of it, some find it just boring and some absolutely love it.

Do you eat fish? If you don’t you should as it can make one of the quickest ever meals on earth.

When I feel lazy or I am tired but I am faced with a hungry family to feed I quickly pop to my fishmongers and buy simple fish fillets which I cook in a pan with a little olive oil, a sprinkle of grated parsley and plenty of lemon juice. If the fish is fresh this is going to be a meal fit for a king and incredibly light.

fish at the Italian market

If your aim is to lose weight then nothing can be better than fish to achieve your goal. Fish also has low acidity which means it is not going to cause inflammation in the body like red meat for instance. Having a diet that is high in acid-forming foods is a contributing factor to many common health problems.

During the last couple of months I have increased my fish consumption to 3 times a week instead of two and I have lost over 6 lb. I always combine it with some sort of carbohydrates with brown rice or brown pasta being my first choice as wholemeal contains all the nutrients which are lost in refined carbohydrates.

As I have experienced it for myself I believe it is impossible to put on weight on a wholemeal diet (no low carb diets for me!), rich in fish, grains, fruit and vegetables and olive oil. Organic white meat and organic eggs are also excellent in providing a good quality source of protein.

Today I am sharing some photos I took at my local fish market when I am in Italy.

Fresh swordfish or “pesce spada” takes only a couple of minutes to cook in a pan. It is just as tasty as a steak and delicious with a large bowl of fresh salad leaves.


Another one of my favourites is wild salmon which has a distinctive bright orange colour, it is much leaner and has a more natural diet than his farmed cousin.

wild salmon

Yay!! Sardines and sprats! At the top of my shopping list: they are cheap, rich in Omega 3, wild and just so good for you. Check out my easy sardine and sprats recipes.



Langoustines known as “scampi” in Italian are always extremely popular in restaurants and very popular in Italy.


Canestrelli are a smaller version of scallops and they have an incredibly sweet taste.


And finally at a fish market you will often find live eel. My memories of eel are from when my mother used to buy them at the market still live (as they decay quickly once dead) and placed in the fridge in a bag. Whenever I opened the fridge the bag would move! Ahh! I used to find it so creepy!


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6 Responses to Fresh fish at the Italian market

  1. Michael D. Baggetta

    Hi Alida, what a great blog post! I have recently really enjoyed buying, cooking and of course eating many varieties of fish and shell fish in my weekly meals! I loved the great photos you shared from this fish market in Italy, and I learned much from your informative narrative under each photo, grazie!

    • Alida

      Thank you Michael, I am pleased you enjoyed it!

  2. Diana

    I need to go on the fish diet! 6 pounds?!!? Brava! I love fish too……I am going to give this a shot.

  3. la cucina di Molly

    Queste bancarelle di pesce mi fanno gola, adoro il pesce, prediligo quello azzurro, lo mangerei ogni giorno! Un abbraccio!

  4. Elisabetta

    I just love fresh fish and seafood and agree that most of the time some parsley, lemon juice and good evo oil is simply all you need. Love, love pesce spada, wild salmon, mussels etc and not forgetting our beloved Ligurian dish of sardines topped with a traditional Italian stuffing then fried until crisp and golden – Yummy! Complimenti on that fab weight loss, that’s so motivating πŸ™‚

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