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Sep 12, 2013 10:19 AM

Excluding Shellfish, Which Fish Are in Your Regular Rotation?

We only prepare a few regularly--salmon, trout, sole, and when we can get it, flounder. The cost of many fish is prohibitive, and given that we live 600 miles from the ocean, there is a real possibility that that expensive stuff won't be particularly fresh. For this reason we've scrubbed snapper and orange roughy off our list. We've never had a problem with the aforementioned four, fortunately.

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  1. Salmon, trout, mackerel. Love halibut, but it's too expensive to be in regular rotation.

    If we include canned / in a glass: sardines (smoked or not), herring (ditto), trout (smoked) yellowfin tuna in olive oil (for tuna salad), anchovies -- so many ways to use those lovely lil buggers.

    If we include pickled -- herring.

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    1. re: linguafood

      Good thought to involve the smoked and canned formats, too.

      We have a genuine old-schoool fish smokehouse not far away, and it's amazing stuff.

      1. re: Bada Bing


        I just got a smoker and am hoping to get my feet wet with sardines, salmon and mackerel soon :-)

        1. re: linguafood

          There's nothing like smoky feet that are wet with sardines, salmon and mackerel.

          1. re: Perilagu Khan

            I know, right? I'll take pictures for that smoky fish feet fetish website :-D

            1. re: linguafood

              Hey, those pics are worth cash The foot fetish fans have, ahem, deep pockets ;)

              1. re: Bada Bing

                There are times that I revel in my ignorance.

                Like now.

    2. I live in NE Mass, but the only fish in real rotation in our house are mackerel and salmon (for me) and for H, scrod, the ubiquitous New England white fish group. We're blessed by the location but the pox upon our household is that H does not like fishies as much as he likes shellfish.

      1. I live on the coast and even here fish is usually expensive. I try to eat local species like bluefish, porgies or black seabass, but they're not my favorite. More often I'll have sardines, herring, tilapia, cod, occasionally flounder or sole. Over the summer I made blowfish pretty frequently. Trout is an occasional treat and I surprisingly have two filets of chinook salmon on hand that I purchased on rare sale.

        1. This coast/non-coast distinction is meaningless in 2013. I live in Chicago and I can guarantee that I can get lots of fresh fish quickly (sometimes quicker than on the coasts, depending on the coast and the fish). If you're in range of an international airport and large-volume wholesaler you have access to very fresh fish regardless of geography.

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          1. re: ferret

            In the US and other developed countries, I can see your point. NOT in third world countries.

            I'll give you Sri Lanka as one example. My inlaws in Kurunegala, about a two hour drive from the coast, cannot get decent fresh fish. They only eat fish when they're in Colombo, which is on the coast.

            1. re: LMAshton

              That's why the qualification of "in range of an international airport and large-volume wholesaler" is there.

            2. re: ferret

              Regardless, all too often the fish I encounter is not sufficiently fresh. And I suspect such a problem increases with distance from the coast.

              1. re: Perilagu Khan

                The distance from the coast is less of an obstacle, witness the amazing sushi and fish available in Vegas ( for a price, of course). I think it has more to do with old habits and preferences of "inlanders" that have not changed with the amazing transportation available today.

                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                  I would think it's specific to the retailer. Some stores are scrupulous about freshness, others less so.

                  1. re: ferret

                    Very true. But if people won't buy fresh fish, it soon won't be fresh.

                2. re: ferret

                  < If you're in range of an international airport and large-volume wholesaler you have access to very fresh fish regardless of geography>

                  And that's the key. I have relatives in Idaho. If it isn't trout, it isn't fresh.

                  1. re: mike0989

                    Since you are taking into account the int'l airport caveat - this is incorrect. I live in Boise and while we're not in the category as, say, Vegas, there is actually more than trout.

                    And c'mon, we have a Joe's Crabshack :)

                    1. re: enbell

                      I'll add a caveat on the above. The nearest airport is Idaho Falls. Boise is the Big City for them.

                      1. re: mike0989

                        There is a wonderful rainbow trout farm outside Twin Falls.

                      2. re: mike0989

                        mike0989, you are right. Fresh is a relative concept.
                        I have Japanese friends. The wife grew up on an island. A lot of fish in the diet, caught by "neighbours". The fish was fresh. Then she moved to Tokyo. The fish at the famous Tsukiji fish market? No way that it was fresh.

                    2. Grouper, yellowfin tuna, wild caught salmon, Chilean sea bass (sorry), pompano, mangrove snapper, swordfish.