Salt and sugar are all that’s needed to inject your piece of fish with firmness, color and flavor.

“Sushi-chef secret.” Can you say that five times fast? No? No worries. You’re here for seafood tips, not tongue twisters, after all. Have you ever wondered how seasoned seafood pros who slice up those perfect pieces of sashimi get the fish to be so delightfully firm, vibrant in color and packed with fresh flavor? Our friends at ChefSteps are here to show you.

The best part about this trick is that you can use it regardless of how you plan to prepare your fish — grilled, baked, fried, seared, whatever. So grab some salt, sugar, and your favorite fillet. It’s time you took advantage of an age-old secret for serving seriously sexy seafood. Take a look at the brief instructional video below.

Your favorite fish

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