One of the questions I have been asked frequently is where one can buy fresh locally caught fish and seafood at the Jersey Shore. Now that the summer crowds are just a memory and Christmas is approaching I thought it would be a good time to revisit this topic. About a year ago when this blog was first published I wrote a stand alone page regarding Jersey Fresh fish and seafood and where to find it. I have since edited that page several times adding a few new places, one of which will surprise you.
The fisherman do not stop working when the tourist’s go home and much of what the tourists eat is not caught here anyway. There is no Garden State grouper, Raritan red snapper or Jersey Chilean sea bass. Winter is a good time to get to know the local fish monger and learn about what is running or being harvested. They are not as busy and appreciate your business. It is paramount to support local businesses all year but extra important during the off season. I frequent Shore Fresh Seafood, Point Lobster Company and the Crab Shack. I can usually find what I am looking for at one or more of those locations.
Right now you can get fresh flounder, sea bass, cod, pollock, whiting, and more that is being brought in daily. If you see one you never tried before, buy it and try it. That is how I first tried John Dory, blowfish and mako shark.
When the squid catch is on soon, learn to clean it and cook it. It is hard to find squid that is never frozen and it makes a huge difference in the tenderness.
Lobsters are at their best right now with hard shells packed with meat. Now is the time to get those clams and make some hot chowder. If you are not into making it many of the seafood sellers make their own and will be happy to serve you up a quart or a gallon. When the squid catch is on soon, learn to clean it and cook it. It is hard to find squid that is never frozen and it makes a huge difference in the tenderness.
Here is a link to the list of places I know that sell locally caught fish and seafood. Visit your local fish monger today and help support the New Jersey fishing industry. Christmas Eve is the time for seven fishes. Buy as much as you can from your local boats. Eat fresh, eat local, enjoy.