With any seafood, the most important consideration is the freshness of the product.
Seafood such as clams, mussels, or oysters should be purchased live or freshly harvested. Canned clams can be used in recipes such as chowders, but fresh fish has a much fuller taste.
Crustaceans such as lobster and crab should always be purchased live if possible, although fresh cooked is the next best option. Prawns and shrimp can be bought fresh, cooked, canned, or frozen, but when buying fresh always check the smell and look for any brown spots starting around the head. If there is a strong fishy smell, choose another fish market.
When purchasing fresh seafood such as salmon, cod, sole, or halibut there should be no fishy smell and the eyes should be clear. Cloudy-looking eyes are a sure sign of old seafood. When the flesh is pressed with your finger it should spring back if it's fresh. The older the seafood, the softer it will be. If the fish hasn't been cleaned, look for a bright red color on the gills.
Once you have purchased your favorite seafood here are a few recipes to try.
Coquille Saint-Jacques and a recipe for baked scallops.
If you like salmon, try the Salmon Steaks with Orange Butter Sauce or the Citrus Salmon. Smoked Salmon Potato Cakes are another great recipe.
Classic Crab Louis and several crab appetizers can be found here.
Spicy Prawn and Vegetable Stir Fry on Chow Mein Noodles, Shrimp Jambalaya, and Corn and Shrimp Chowder are some of the recipes on this page.
Prawns and Ceasar salad. Learn how to clean and cook prawns.
White Fish Recipes
Lemony Stuffed Fillets and Fish Fillets With Lemon and Dill are two of the recipes for the whitefish lovers among us.
Clam Chowder Recipes
Manhattan Clam Chowder is one of several varieties of clam chowder you will find on this page
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Recipes and Cookbooks
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