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Where can I buy frozen Tilapia Loins?

I know that most of the questions posted here are about restauarants, but I thought that maybe someone might be able to help me find a place to buy frozen tilapia loins around the chicagoland area. I used to find them at COSTCO but they stopped carrying them and I have searched and searched but I cannot find anything but fillets. I really like the loins so much better. I even tried the supplier of the COSTCO brand and they could not help me. Any suggestions?

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  1. You may be able to find some at Jewel supermarkets

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    1. re: emmeshaes

      Thanks. I was able to track some down from a wholesale dealer. Jewel used to sell them but not anymore.

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      1. You could try Isaacson and Stein - 800 w Fulton. Never seen frozen Tilapia there, but never looked for it either. I'm not really sure what the difference is between a fillet and a loin.

        My understanding is that just about all fish is sent to Chicago frozen, so maybe they could let you pick it up frozen. I have seen both Tilapia Filets and whole Tilapia there.

        1. Tilapia "loins" are a headscratcher; are tilapia actually big enough to have a loin? The loin, as I understand it, is the unworked muscle tissue cushioned up against the spine of an animal. And, yes, you can have tuna loins...but, other fish? Tilapia are so small...you'd be purchasing finger-length "loins." I imagine either you misread, or the company misrepresented. I have only ever seen tilapia filets.

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          1. re: aelph

            I know that tilapia is a small fish but they do come in a loin cut and are far better than the fillet. The fillets are so thin, there is hardly anything there. They are more expensive than the fillet so they are not really being carried around the area. Costco had them made by High Liner Foods but they stopped carrying them. I went directly to Supreme Lobster and was able to get some. They are really good.

            1. re: carynt

              You learn something new everyday. Now, I'll be on the lookout for tilapia loins. :)

              1. re: aelph

                I just did a google image search for "tilapia loin". That looks an awful lot like one half of a tilapia filet.

                1. re: rubinow

                  A fish's loin is the top half of the filet. The bottom half has less flesh because it encases the entrails and has the rib bones

              2. re: carynt

                Tilapia CAN be big. The fillets imported from China are usually from fish if 1 to 1,5 lbs. But there are also companies growing them to 3 lbs. That will give you a nice loin for sure.

                1. re: emmeshaes

                  The "wild" ones in Florida lakes are commonly 5 or 6 pounds

            2. I just saw them at Costco In Mt. Prospect on Saturday. Each Costco store can carry differt items.