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Does anyone know where to buy an entire salmon.... the entire fish from head to fin?

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  1. While perhaps not kept in stock, I'd be surprised if one of the East Cambridge fishmongers I hear about sometimes here (Courthouse, New Deal) on CH wouldn't order one in for you on a day's notice.

    Ed. Or try Whole Foods...

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    1. re: BrettLove

      New Deal will definitely do this.

    2. Many of the Asian markets with fish display's in Chinatown should be able to sell them to you

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      1. re: lc02139

        I agree that New Deal will probably do it and I've been told that if you call Captain Marden's in Wellesley they will order it for you.

      2. Any of the markets mentioned are likely buying whole fish and filleting them. An early phone call or the day before, and I'm sure they'd set 1 aside.

        Don't miss the meat in the head, right behind the jaw/collarbone. You'll see it on Japanese menus as kama (usually yellowtail, sometimes salmon) Some of the tastiest part of the fish. Carl at New deal used to give me the carcasses/with head or or charge a tiny amount. Bones are great for stock.

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        1. re: 9lives

          I think everyone here realizes they're filleting their own fish. The point of the OP "ordering" the whole fish is that fishmongers probably don't keep a bunch of extras around just in case someone strolls in off the street and asks for one. That they most likely only order in what they expect to sell as fillets, etc. is why we're mentioning the "special request" in the first place.

        2. Check with Cyndi the Fish Lady - she might be able to hook you up. I have used her for a large salmon filet for a Christmas Eve dinner and it was a hit.

          Used this recipe from Ina Garten: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

          She might be able to hook you up with a whole fish.

          Cyndi the Fishlady - fishlady19@verizon.net

          Here's her most recent weekly e-mail:

          Farmer's Market on JULY 26, 2012 (Thursday) located at Centre St. Brookline (Coolidge Corner) From 1:30 to 6:00 PM
          REMINDER-orders need to be in on WEDNESDAY at 10:00 AM...call or TEXT me if you miss the deadline! My number is 508-380-4041,
          • Please Pre-order if possible-I accept cash or personal checks.
          • I will have extra fish to sell if you miss the deadline.
          • I will confirm ALL orders by e-mail....call my mobile if you do not receive a confirmation. (mobile # 508-380-4041)
          • Please leave a phone number to reach you.
          Striped BASS...................................18.00/LB (please make second choice
          )WILD Sockeye Salmon..................... 16.00/LB (please make a second choice)
          Bluefin Tuna………………….…...….......16 .00/LB (please make a second choice)
          New Bedford Sea Scallops……….... 18 .00/LB
          Swordfish…………………………............16.00/LB (make second choice)
          Native Skinless Haddock………….......…13.00/LB
          Native Skinless Cod ……………......... 14.00/LB(make second choice)
          Maine farm-raised Salmon………….. 13.00/LB
          Wild,Native Halibut..........................19.00/LB(make second choice)
          Maine Crab meat………………......…….13.00/8 oz. container-FRESH-not canned (make 2nd choice please)
          Native Flounder………………........…... 12.00/LB
          BLUEFISH........................................10.00/LB (make a second choice)
          Fresh,raw Shrimp..........................18.00/LB
          The fish is available in 1/2,3/4,1,1-1/4, 1-1/2 LB increments(any size) or above….
          I will be also be selling Fresh Clam chowder for $37.00/bag (each bag is 8 LBS or 16 cups - fills a large crock pot).
          Best Fishes,
          Cyndi Barnes
          (508)380-4041

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          1. re: Bob Dobalina

            has anybody tried her chowder?

          2. awesome!! thank you!! :)