Flounder: Though it is still winter, we typically see summer fluke flounder in our region. The current crop of wild-caught flounder came to us from the New Jersey coast and were caught using gillnets by Captain Mike Campbell aboard the F/V Instigator running out of Ocean City, MD. The summer flukes are a flat fish that faces left when it's mouth is pointing up, as compared to the winter fluke whose mouth is pointing right. The summer fluke has a light brown skin that is dappled with dots, the winter fluke has a darker brown skin that is mostly solid in color. The meat of the all flukes is a darker gray, and cooks up white. The thin fillets are best cooked pan seared or fried or stuffed and baked in the oven. This is not as good fish to grill. The flavor is sweet, yet mild with a delicate texture. We have flounder on the fresh fish section for $18.95/lb.
Black Sea Bass: The Instigator was busy late last week, as Captain Mike also brought us the current load of black sea bass. These fish are in the 2-4# range and have a bright white meat that is firm, with a very sweet flavor. We are in the middle of a nice run of black bass with seasons open from New York all the way down to Virginia. Fish are plentiful and our price reflects that, whole fish, scaled and gutted (great to stuff with some crabmeat and grill) is just $7.00/lb, for these we use the fish closer to 2#. The fillets are priced at $17.99/lb this week. The fillet size will be between 4-6 ounces.
Golden Tile: Another great fish from the Eastern Seaboard, these fish are coming to us from just off the tip of Long Island, NY and were caught using set longlines. Golden tile has been one our big success stories since we first began the Wholesale to the Public. We would here from you, our customers, that you'd never had golden tile before, many had never heard of it and then you gave it a try and were you all glad you did. Golden tile feed on lobsters, crabs, shrimp and other shellfish, giving tile a sweet, shellfish like taste with a firm texture, large flake and thick fillets, this fish is very easy to work with. The versatility of this fish is evident, you can grill it, bake it, pan sear or use it for ceviche. Golden Tile is on the fresh fish section for $22.99/lb.
Other regional items this week include:
Rainbow Trout Fillets: Coming to us from North Carolina, these farm raised fish are single side fillets in the 6-8 ounce range.
Expanding the region a bit:
Red Snapper: coming to us from NoLa and F/V Recession are some great looking American Red Snapper
Sheepshead: also from New Orleans is another shot of sheepshead, this fish has been a surprise hit for us
Red Grouper: in from Tampa, Florida are some beautiful first of the season red groupers