Wild-Caught vs. Farm-Raised Fish: Can You Taste the Difference?

As you scan the menu of some downtown Boise restaurants, you might spot a seafood section. Although the selections might sound appetizing, understanding where the fish came from could impact your decision. While you’ll find that farm-raised fish and seafood is almost the standard for landlocked areas, wild-caught fish is still available at select places.

So, can you taste the difference? Well, that’s something you may need to decide for yourself. But when faced with a choice between the two, here are a few things you should keep in mind.

What Is Wild-Caught Fish?

Exactly as it sounds, wild-caught fish is caught from a natural source of water, such as the ocean or a lake. It eats what its species is meant to eat in the wild, and because of its natural diet, wild-caught fish can have higher levels of essential vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. Many claim that wild-caught fish taste slightly better because of their natural diets.

What Is Farm-Raised Fish?

Just as fruits and vegetables are grown on a farm rather than all wild-picked, the same is true for seafood. In its most basic form, a fish farm is essentially a collection of pens full of fish submerged in a pond, lake, or salt water. The farmers feed the fish, and they typically spend their lives in the pen until they’re ready for market. Farm-raised fish often don’t have much of a chance to swim around out in the ocean. Many are also fed pellets rather than the natural diet of fish in the wild.

If It’s Available, Go with Fresh-Caught Fish

While farm-raised fish can be better than having no fish at all, you should seek out wild-caught fish wherever it’s available. While there may be some good fish farms out there, it’s hard to beat the quality of wild-caught fish straight from nature.

In a landlocked state like Idaho, you might wonder if you even have any choices for wild-caught fish given the ocean is a decent trip away. Luckily, Chandlers has fishing partners in Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest so they can provide the freshest seafood Boise has to offer. Once caught, the wild fish is flash frozen and shipped overnight to Boise. When you order a seafood selection from Chandlers, thanks to their jet-fresh shipping, you’re getting the freshest fish available in the area.

About Chandlers

Since opening in 2007, Chandlers has been the premier steakhouse in downtown Boise. Known for their quality selection of steaks and jet-fresh seafood, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more sophisticated and enjoyable dining experience in the Treasure Valley. Frequently featured on local and national “best” lists, guests rave about Chandlers’ menu selection and atmosphere. The restaurant also hosts nightly jazz performances, making them a great spot to catch the best live music Boise has to offer. Whether you’re celebrating a special event or just going out for date night, Chandlers is sure to please.

Browse their seafood menu and make your reservation at Chandlersboise.com

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