Market Report: August 1, 2011

August 2, 2011


Flatfish (as flounder are commonly referred) are the only vertebrates that have asymmetry, both eyes on one side of the head. Some species are sinistral (left-eyed) and some are dextral (right-eyed). Flatfish have unique coloration. The side of the eyes is darker, often spotted, while the underside is a creamy white color. Cooked meat is white with a mild and delicate flavor. It is medium-firm with a small flake. Because of their delicate taste, flounder are well suited for elaborate presentations such as stuffing and saucing. They are best poached, steamed, sautéed, microwaved, pan-fried, or deep-fried. East coast flounder is perfect for any menu.


Notes From Our Buyer


There are lots of Swordfish in the market which has lowered the price.  The quality is looking great.  We should have plenty for the weekend!

Wild Alaskan Salmon

Sockeye salmon availability is about to be over for the year.  Coho salmon are starting to arrive and prices are pretty good.  We will keep you posted on what we will have available for the end of the week.

Mongchong, Opah, and Barracuda

Looking for something from Hawaii???  We have a great partner over there that supplies us with fantastic fish from the Hawaiian waters.   

Domestic Crabmeat

This is the time to get your crab on!!!  Catches are high and prices are great.  We also carry live blue crabs.  Let us know what you need by Tuesday and we can have it to you on Thursday!

Gulf Oysters

As soon as we see some rain in the Gulf, it will probably be closed.  The reason for the closing is that the influx of fresh water disturbs the salinity content in the Gulf.  When this happens, the State will close the Gulf and conducts testing to make sure the oysters are safe.  This will result in shortages in oysters.  We have plenty of frozen pillow packs in stock to take care of our loyal customers.

Yellowfin Tuna

Tuna is looking great this week.  We’ll have plenty of #1 and #2+ yellowfin.

Domestic Catfish

Catfish continues to be tight.  The drought is not helping things at all.

Sea Bass

We are seeing more sea bass in the market, which is causing the price to come down a bit, but not enough to really notice.  Hopefully with the lack of sales because of the high prices, the price will drop significantly soon.  We will just have to wait and see.

East Coast Oysters

Fruge has a wide variety of East Coast oysters available.  We send out an availability list each week on what we have to offer.  If you are not yet receiving this list, please get with your sales person and they will gladly add you to the email list.


Closed areas 1 and 2 opened this week.  We should be seeing these scallops sometime next week when the boats get back.


Halibut is very tight right now, and prices are high.  We will have some beautiful fish for the weekend.

Cod, Sole, and Haddock

These East Coast treats are a great change to your feature board!  With the movement of business travelers and transplants from all over, you don’t want to miss out of some great valued fish to add to your menu or feature board.  We only bring in what you want, so get your pre-orders in now.

Soft Shell Crabs

We may have a shot at some soft shells for the weekend, but we will not know until later in the week.  Hot temperatures cause the crabs to be soft, and they will not survive the flight.

Live Lobsters

We offer a full range of sizes of live lobsters straight from Maine and Canada.  Order today and we will get them to you tomorrow.


Steelhead will be tight this week.  Fishing was poor, but we expect to get back on track next week.

Green, Golden and Ruby trout

We carry all three varieties of trout year round.  The 8oz trout that is the most popular is very tight right now.  The farms are cutting production so their fish can grow out.  The golden and ruby trout are a great substitute for the green.

Mahi Mahi

Fishing is poor on mahi right now, especially on the large 15 pound and up fish we order.  Relief will not come until the season opens again in October.  This is also affecting the frozen market as well.  Because of the high prices on fresh mahi, the frozen supplies are all but depleted.  You may want to be prepared to take what size is available until more is available next season.

Atlantic Salmon

Prices have stabilized for the past few weeks.  Hopefully we will continue to see these lower prices through the wild salmon season.


No amberjack this week!


Grouper is readily available almost every week.  This unique fish is perfect for sandwiches at the bar or blackened with a rich top for the main dining area.  Grouper has a distinctive smell and flavor and is a favorite for anyone who has ever tried this unique fish.


Fresh and frozen tilapia have both seen price increases.  The increase on the fresh is due to higher feed and fuel costs.  The frozen is a combination of higher costs and flooding in Indonesia and China, where the majority of frozen tilapia is produced.

Striped Bass

Beautiful farm-raised Texas striped bass if a perfect sustainable option for any menu!  The fish is kept below 38 degrees from the time it is harvested from the water to the time it hits your door.

Lane Snapper

Lane snapper is a versatile fish for your menu.  Great blackened or oven baked, it is also good grilled, fried, or pan broiled.  Prices are still high, but the fish is beautiful.


Our redfish is farm-raised right here in Texas and is another great sustainable option of the menu.  Everyone knows its name, and it is very easy to sell.  It cooks up great any way!

Black Drum

Black drum is a lesser desired fish to some, but the look and flavor of this fish is outstanding.


Branzini is also known as Branzino or European sea bass.  It is best served braised whole and makes an awesome presentation on the plate.