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What are your favorite seafood items?

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What are your favorite seafood items? (including fish and/or shellfish)

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on August 06, 2012
at 02:08 PM

That's funny, to me the best thing about New England is the seafood. I recommend joining a local fish CSA.

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on August 06, 2012
at 02:06 PM

King Crab legs or raw oysters are my go-to items if I have to eat out, because they are difficult to gluten.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on July 14, 2012
at 05:25 AM

I mean stuff like eel, octopus, and so on...

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on July 14, 2012
at 05:24 AM

And if I can piggy-back this question, WHERE do you buy said favorite seafood items:? My grocery store is lacking (and I live in a coastal state!), and there are no ethnic markets here.

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on July 14, 2012
at 02:53 AM

Moving to California would be a serious shock to my culinary senses though I've had awfully good sicilian style calamari at Monterey Fish House, and then there were those sand dabs...giant calamari steak...steamed Dungeness crab at Fort Mason......well maybe moving back to Berkeley would be OK, but no closer to LA than that...

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on July 14, 2012
at 02:42 AM

You love it or you hate it but it helps to grow up with it. My Norwegian grandparents soul food, and always as pale looking as they were...just don't overcook it or it liquefies...I associate it with cold gray rainy days around Christmas...stick with Poulsbo or Olsen, and NEVER try to make your own starting with the dry stockfish and Red Devil lye...

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on July 14, 2012
at 02:32 AM

...it was the Seafare...some people love it, some people hate it, but you have to play along with the well dressed waiters, white tablecloths and retro look of the place, like something out of the Glass Menagerie...they do that whole flounder very, very well though...I think they detest tourists and noisy children with capguns there...

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on July 14, 2012
at 01:47 AM

Nice! I have been to the Blue Talon Bistro (and liked it). I love brandade. I'll have to look for those things next time I go. Thanks for the tip!

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on July 14, 2012
at 01:38 AM

It was an old school place out on Richmond Road, near the Fireside Chophouse, but may be gone now. Seafare still serves broiled whole flounder and it might be close. It's seasonal and I had it in December. One other deal in Williamsburg was brandade de morue at Blue Talon Bistro downtown. A classic French dish made from cream, potatoes and salt cod.

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on July 14, 2012
at 12:21 AM

Yeah, I do pay attention to the WF sales. I get it when I can, but I wish I could eat salmon more than once or twice a year here. I use the canned salmon in egg dishes a lot. Good tip, though! I need to be more vigilant looking at sales. :)

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on July 13, 2012
at 10:38 PM

I'll second that list but add lobster and crab (the few rare times I eat it)!

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on July 13, 2012
at 08:27 PM

You can find Pacific (well, Alaskan-- does that qualify? I'm honestly not entirely sure.) Salmon for between $9.99-$12.99/lb when it goes on sale at Whole Foods-- you can also get canned Alaskan salmon for as low as $3.79 for a 16oz can also at Whole Foods.

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on July 13, 2012
at 08:06 PM

Ah, lutefisk. Is is fish-flavored soap, or soap-flavored fish? Alas, we shall never know.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

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on July 13, 2012
at 07:11 PM

Oh, I definitely buy local crab. Love it! And local shellfish (oysters, clams, etc.) when available. I just mostly miss what I grew up with in the northwestern corner of the country. :) I haven't had flounder in a while, though... Might have to get on that. Where did you get the flounder in Williamsburg?

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on July 13, 2012
at 07:10 PM

Try lutefisk. More butter and black pepper makes it better.

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on July 13, 2012
at 03:49 PM

I forgot about the salt-grilled fresh halibut on a bed of shredded cabbage at a Japanese place in Anchorage....so good that ever after that I've tried to stack fish on cabbage....

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 13, 2012
at 01:28 PM

Agreed that circumstances matter. I love catfish when I am back home in Alabama, Halibut in Alaska, clam in the northeast, trout out west, etc. Good point.

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on July 13, 2012
at 01:16 PM

Copper River salmon -- yum yum!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on July 13, 2012
at 12:55 PM

Eel is the best.

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on July 13, 2012
at 12:39 PM

In Virginia I think of lump and soft-shell crab. But the best EVER was a flounder poached in the skin in Williamsburg.

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on July 13, 2012
at 12:36 PM

Scratch ketas. Texture and appearance are the same as pink rubber erasers. Dark red meat is the key and sockeye (aka blueback)is my favorite to smoke, grill and poach.

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on July 13, 2012
at 05:44 AM

Where can one buy salmon roe? What kind of stores do they sell it at or where do you buy yours?

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on July 13, 2012
at 05:30 AM

Pilchards are an excellent choice!

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on July 13, 2012
at 05:26 AM

Too Funny FY!!!

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on July 13, 2012
at 05:25 AM

Mermaids? What do they taste like?

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on July 13, 2012
at 05:25 AM

Great choices!!!

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on July 13, 2012
at 05:24 AM

Sounds awesome April!!!

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Very Cool BBF!!!

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E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

on July 13, 2012
at 11:36 AM

Shellfish: Clams, mussels, shrimp, and scallops. My favorite way to eat scallops is in ceviche. I also love crab and lobster, but I'm too lazy to prepare them most of the time.

Fish: Pacific salmon, branzino, snapper, tuna (seared or in sashimi)

Ah heck, I enjoy most seafood I've tried. I enjoy caviar, but it's a bit pricey for my budget right now. I mostly enjoy getting smaller fish i can serve whole (like branzino), usually roasted in a salt crust. I ate a lot of Pacific salmon when I was little, so that will always hold a dear spot in my heart. I just can't afford it here in Virginia. Shellfish are my favorites, because they're bite-sized (most of the time) and good for parties. But, they're a pain in the butt to clean.

707342e3cb97e0fc088917919a154b8a

(1657)

on July 13, 2012
at 08:27 PM

You can find Pacific (well, Alaskan-- does that qualify? I'm honestly not entirely sure.) Salmon for between $9.99-$12.99/lb when it goes on sale at Whole Foods-- you can also get canned Alaskan salmon for as low as $3.79 for a 16oz can also at Whole Foods.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on July 13, 2012
at 07:11 PM

Oh, I definitely buy local crab. Love it! And local shellfish (oysters, clams, etc.) when available. I just mostly miss what I grew up with in the northwestern corner of the country. :) I haven't had flounder in a while, though... Might have to get on that. Where did you get the flounder in Williamsburg?

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on July 14, 2012
at 01:47 AM

Nice! I have been to the Blue Talon Bistro (and liked it). I love brandade. I'll have to look for those things next time I go. Thanks for the tip!

Medium avatar

(10601)

on July 13, 2012
at 12:39 PM

In Virginia I think of lump and soft-shell crab. But the best EVER was a flounder poached in the skin in Williamsburg.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on July 14, 2012
at 12:21 AM

Yeah, I do pay attention to the WF sales. I get it when I can, but I wish I could eat salmon more than once or twice a year here. I use the canned salmon in egg dishes a lot. Good tip, though! I need to be more vigilant looking at sales. :)

Medium avatar

(10601)

on July 14, 2012
at 02:32 AM

...it was the Seafare...some people love it, some people hate it, but you have to play along with the well dressed waiters, white tablecloths and retro look of the place, like something out of the Glass Menagerie...they do that whole flounder very, very well though...I think they detest tourists and noisy children with capguns there...

Medium avatar

(10601)

on July 14, 2012
at 01:38 AM

It was an old school place out on Richmond Road, near the Fireside Chophouse, but may be gone now. Seafare still serves broiled whole flounder and it might be close. It's seasonal and I had it in December. One other deal in Williamsburg was brandade de morue at Blue Talon Bistro downtown. A classic French dish made from cream, potatoes and salt cod.

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on July 13, 2012
at 11:27 AM

Shrimp scampi (really, shrimp in any form is awesome. But slathered in butter and garlic? Yum!)

Grilled or broiled salmon

Sushi (preferably nigiri sushi--I don't like all of those sauces)

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4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

on July 13, 2012
at 05:18 AM

King Crab

Copper River Salmon

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on July 13, 2012
at 05:25 AM

Great choices!!!

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on July 13, 2012
at 01:16 PM

Copper River salmon -- yum yum!

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on July 13, 2012
at 05:10 AM

King salmon.
Chilean sea bass.
Black cod.
Ahi tuna.
Shrimp.
Scallops.
Eel.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on July 13, 2012
at 05:24 AM

Sounds awesome April!!!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on July 13, 2012
at 12:55 PM

Eel is the best.

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

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on July 13, 2012
at 10:38 PM

I'll second that list but add lobster and crab (the few rare times I eat it)!

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5e63e3fa78e998736106a4a5b9aef58c

on July 13, 2012
at 07:01 PM

ALL OF IT. Fish roe, urchins, squid, mussels, clams, oysters, eels, shrimp, lobster, crab, scallops, and most varieties of fish. I live in Seattle, where good, fresh seafood is always available and prices aren't too crazy, so I could be a happy pescetarian if I had to. When the Copper River salmon season is on, I pretty much gorge myself on it until I can't stand the idea of salmon ever again--not until the next season, anyway.

Grilled halibut with herb butter. Ahi tuna, either sashimi'ed or lightly pan-seared so it's still raw inside...[drool]

The list of swimmy-things I don't like is so short, it's probably more useful: tilapia, catfish, and cod. The only way I can eat any of those three is if they are battered and deep-fried, and since that's just not happening anymore, I don't bother.

Medium avatar

(10601)

on July 14, 2012
at 02:42 AM

You love it or you hate it but it helps to grow up with it. My Norwegian grandparents soul food, and always as pale looking as they were...just don't overcook it or it liquefies...I associate it with cold gray rainy days around Christmas...stick with Poulsbo or Olsen, and NEVER try to make your own starting with the dry stockfish and Red Devil lye...

Medium avatar

(10601)

on July 13, 2012
at 07:10 PM

Try lutefisk. More butter and black pepper makes it better.

5e63e3fa78e998736106a4a5b9aef58c

on July 13, 2012
at 08:06 PM

Ah, lutefisk. Is is fish-flavored soap, or soap-flavored fish? Alas, we shall never know.

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58d456f4c4d551a697e65ada8c32ad4f

on July 13, 2012
at 06:34 AM

Salmon, every type found in the north west...

Medium avatar

(10601)

on July 13, 2012
at 12:36 PM

Scratch ketas. Texture and appearance are the same as pink rubber erasers. Dark red meat is the key and sockeye (aka blueback)is my favorite to smoke, grill and poach.

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on July 13, 2012
at 05:21 AM

oysters on the half shell with lemon.

mussels.

seared ah?? tuna.

Mermaids.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 13, 2012
at 05:25 AM

Mermaids? What do they taste like?

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on July 13, 2012
at 05:26 AM

Too Funny FY!!!

3
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on July 13, 2012
at 05:02 AM

Octopus (NOT the same thing as squid!).

Mussels.

Salmon roe with LOTS of vinegar

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on July 13, 2012
at 05:44 AM

Where can one buy salmon roe? What kind of stores do they sell it at or where do you buy yours?

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on July 13, 2012
at 05:23 AM

Very Cool BBF!!!

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on July 13, 2012
at 11:44 PM

Tinned sardines, smoked mackerel, any kind of salmon though I'm not as fond of the sockeye. Sashimi of any kind. Tilapia. Roughy. Mussels, lobster, oysters, prawns.

Moving from California to New England has been a serious shock to my culinary sensibilities, I don't eat the local seafood fare unless I can hand-pick it and cook it myself.

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on July 14, 2012
at 02:53 AM

Moving to California would be a serious shock to my culinary senses though I've had awfully good sicilian style calamari at Monterey Fish House, and then there were those sand dabs...giant calamari steak...steamed Dungeness crab at Fort Mason......well maybe moving back to Berkeley would be OK, but no closer to LA than that...

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on August 06, 2012
at 02:08 PM

That's funny, to me the best thing about New England is the seafood. I recommend joining a local fish CSA.

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7bad6c4e7d681fab6a4aa4580f442e0c

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on July 13, 2012
at 10:47 PM

Sockeye or copper river salmon, scallops, local bluefish, halibut, sea bass.

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8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

on July 13, 2012
at 10:40 PM

King salmon

Lobster

Prawns

Crayfish

Shrimp

Crab

Chilean Sea Bass

Mussels

Almost anything but raw seafood sushi - sorry the texture of raw seafood grosses me out but I'm fine with some organ meats and medium to medium rare meat (when pastured and done properly).

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on July 13, 2012
at 01:49 PM

Littlenecks, Mussels, Clams, Lobster (typical New Englander)

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68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

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on July 13, 2012
at 01:41 PM

Lobster tail. Shrimp. Swordfish. Anything fresh.

2
C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 13, 2012
at 01:27 PM

My favorite seafood item is fish!

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(10601)

on July 13, 2012
at 01:00 PM

I'd have to tie it to circumstance:

Stag Dungeness crab feed with clam chowder at the Eagles hall, complete with an auction.

Fried calamari or extra small oysters on a green salad any number of places, but best on a hot day.

Boiled Hood Canal spot shrimp out of the sack. Heads out the window.

Lobsta from Essex MA eaten while flying Southwest home outta Manchester NH. The ultimate carry-on meal.

Grilled au gratin Apalachicola oysters on a scorching hot day in Panama City FL. A pound of steamed Gulf prawn tails on the side with Crystal hot sauce.

Fresh caught scallops while stormed in on Nantucket.

Pulling the legs off fried soft-shell crabs in Cape May FL.

Getting cut shucking stone crab claws.

Moules marinieres with frites in Bordeaux.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 13, 2012
at 01:28 PM

Agreed that circumstances matter. I love catfish when I am back home in Alabama, Halibut in Alaska, clam in the northeast, trout out west, etc. Good point.

Medium avatar

(10601)

on July 13, 2012
at 03:49 PM

I forgot about the salt-grilled fresh halibut on a bed of shredded cabbage at a Japanese place in Anchorage....so good that ever after that I've tried to stack fish on cabbage....

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Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

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on July 13, 2012
at 12:15 PM

Mussels, swimming in butter. Yum!

Also shrimp and salmon, and pretty much any other type of fish oven-roasted with EVOO and lemon.

I like tuna in salad (celery, carrots, pepper, etc.) but not on its own.

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on July 13, 2012
at 11:08 AM

Wild marron (cherax tenuimanus)

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on July 13, 2012
at 05:26 AM

Pilchards on toast

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on July 13, 2012
at 05:30 AM

Pilchards are an excellent choice!

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on August 06, 2012
at 07:11 PM

Salmon.
Trout.
Shark.
Smoked scallops and smoked mackerel. (I can only find those at the sushi restaurant, wish I knew where to get them for home!)
Shrimp.
Calamari.

Those are my faves, though I really like most any seafood except catfish, lobster, and the generic tilapia-taste-like-blah stuff. Haven't tried oysters yet but they're on my list.

All except the smoked yums I mentioned I can find either at the big "farmer's market" on the other side of Atlanta or at the regular grocery store. Quality and seasonal availability varies, though.

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on August 06, 2012
at 07:02 PM

Smoked salmon sashimi. NOM.

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on August 06, 2012
at 02:05 PM

Raw oysters. I enjoy New England oysters better than Willapa Bay oysters. But I'll take what I can get.

Skate wings. They are so buttery and tender.

Razor clams that I've dug myself.

Scallops: pan seared.

Stock made from shrimp shells and heads.

Plank seared Copper River Salmon

Lots of the fish I get through my fish CSA: haddock, pollock, hake, monkfish, redfish, bluefish, ... iloveyoufish

Panfried trout for breakfast, caught fresh that morning while camping.

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on August 06, 2012
at 02:06 PM

King Crab legs or raw oysters are my go-to items if I have to eat out, because they are difficult to gluten.

1
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on August 06, 2012
at 01:28 PM

Oysters nom nom nom

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on August 06, 2012
at 01:25 PM

Haddock! Fried in coconut flour, parsley, lemon, coconut milk,salt and chili pepper. Boiled at 400 for 15 minutes. Yummmm! And of course some raw butter thrown on top!

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