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May 22, 2012 05:53 PM

Wild Salmon and Swordfish from Monterey Bay @ Frank’s Fish Market in Salinas

My first taste of Monterey Bay king salmon this season was sourced from Frank’s Fish Market in Salinas. Richer red hued this year and impeccably fresh, the cut-to-order filet was $15 per pound. In San Francisco I’d have to pay $20 to $25 for the same.

I’ve also been enjoying the locally caught swordfish. Not often found in these parts, Frank says the currents have been running deep for the past two months. Few anchovies, sand dabs, sardines or squid, the usual catch, but swordfish are running instead. Filets cut from the prime loin section are $14 per pound. We’re having swordfish for dinner tonight!

Frank's Fish Market (831) 422-0879 16 Station Pl Salinas, CA 93901

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  1. Thanks Melanie. That explains why I was unable to find fresh squid last week in Santa Cruz. I ended up going out to the wharf and buying the frozen Sea Wave squid purchased from Stagnaros. Thawed and marinated with a little olive oil, garlic and salt grilled over charcoal was good. But not the same as the fresh squid.

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    1. re: emglow101

      He said the ocean patterns have been very unusual lately. As you know, fresh squid from Monterey Bay is a staple. When he said the swordfish was caught locally, I was quite skeptical at first and made him swear on a stack of bibles that it really was from here!

    2. Are they open on Sunday? I'll be passing through Salinas today. I couldn't find any hours online.

      1. FYI locally caught fish available on ice at the back of Asian Pacific Mkt on Reservation Rd in Marina on Thursdays-Fri-Sat

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        1. re: toodie jane

          Thanks for the tip. I'll try to remember it for next time. I did stop at Franks a half hour ago and picked up some salmon and swordfish.

          1. re: PattyC

            Great, I didn't know Frank's was open on Sundays.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Thanks for the recommendation. We stopped at Pier 46 Seafood in Templeton for lunch today and they had local king salmon for $24/lb. Their lobster roll was yummy though.

              Cooking some swordfish tonight!

              1. re: PattyC

                Yep. At Ferry Plaza farmers market yesterday, the local king salmon filets were $25 per pound. And there was a sign that the price would be going up shortly because part of the fishing grounds would be closing in early June. Frank has direct relationships with local fishing boats and basically sells for wholesale price to retail customers.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  yikes! get it while you can. I thought it was suppposed to be looking very good this year.
                  A natural foods mkt near me sells "sustainably farm-raised" steelhead. I got some and found it delicious, but was unable to get a definition of "sustainably farmed". Anyone know what that really means? It runs about $8 #.

                  1. re: toodie jane

                    Was this steelhead trout? Discussions of sustainably farmed seafood tend to break down with disagreements among the various rating organizations. This page has a chart summarizing the sustainability opinions for rainbow trout that is sometimes marketed as steelhead.

                    Some farmed salmon is also sold as steelhead . . . I wouldn't touch it.

                  2. re: Melanie Wong

                    As delicious as the swordfish was, I thought the salmon last night was even better. It was so incredibly delicate. Now I wish I'd gotten more!

                    1. re: PattyC

                      I'd been holding my breath waiting for the feedback from you! I just returned from Frank's and passed the word to him. He remembered the folks driving south who bought a little of both.

                      I told him I didn't know he was open on Sundays. He said he's there every day and was open yesterday (Memorial Day) too.

                      1. re: Melanie Wong

                        Hard to forget us. We were the idiots who parked in front of his store then proceeded to walk in a giant circle looking for it ;)

                        1. re: PattyC

                          That mural on the front wall that says Frank's Fish Market could be hard to see. :)

                          No salmon for us today, but I'm happy to have petrale sole.

                          1. re: Melanie Wong

                            I saw the sign out front and somehow missed the mural :))))

                            I would've gotten more but we had limited space in our cooler as I had picked up 15 lbs of pork belly from Fogline Farm. Two coolers next time!

                            Enjoy your petrale sole!

                  3. re: PattyC

                    ...if you are in SLO county again, try any of the Spencer's Fresh markets...they usually run fresh local King when running and in season for about $14-16 lb, on sale for $10.
                    Spencer's--Orcutt, SLO @ Laguna Lake, Atascadero on lower El Camino, Morro Bay @ 1 and North Main St. I don't consider Pier 46 as a destination seafood market but it is a great place to stop for lunch or supper.

                    1. re: toodie jane

                      Thanks for the Spencer's recommendation. We did stop for lunch at Pier 46 in May and it was very good. I thought their raw fish was a bit on the pricey side and most of it didn't appear to be local so we didn't get anything to go. I did pick up a nice pork loin at J&R Meats next door.

            2. I bought a 1.4 lb local Chinook salmon roast yesterday. While prices have increased quite a bit elsewhere, this was $14/lb, bone-in.