Market Report: August 12, 2013

August 13, 2013



Known as the “clown of the sea,” the tilefish looks very tropical but can be found from Florida to as far north as Nova Scotia. All tilefish are sold fresh, graded, and priced by size – the bigger the fish, the higher the per-pound price.  However, the fact that smaller tilefish are less expensive than large does not mean you’ve got a bargain. The smaller fish have a shorter shelf life, and their flesh tends to be softer. Tilefish yield thick fillets with a row of pinbones. The raw meat is pinkish-white but cooks up white with a firm, flaky texture. The flavor is mild but distinctive, often compared to lobster or crab, which is not surprising, since the tilefish’s diet is largely crustaceans.

Due to its mild taste and firm texture, tilefish offers chefs many options. It holds together well, making it good in soups and stews, but usually pan searing is the choice of methods. Cook the thick fillets at a high initial heat to help seal in the juices and keep the meat moist.


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Notes from our buyer

Wild Salmon

The sockeye are tightening up, but the coho season will be opening soon.  We are seeing some Columbia River king salmon.  This is a seasonal product, so make sure you are maximizing this fantastic product on your menus while it is available. Please let your Frugé Seafood sales representative know your needs.


East Coast Oysters

Several varieties of east coast oysters are available.  Ask your sales rep about your options, and they can also assist you with flavor profiles.


As many of you may have heard, the Texas redfish farming industry has taken a hit due to weather, and the harvest is limited.  We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated.  Contact your sales rep for more information.

We have beautiful fish direct from Alaska.

Soft shell crabs
We have some beautiful soft shells – whales and jumbos – for your feature board.  The whales are limited right now, but the jumbos are a great option.  Get them while the season lasts.

Steelhead Trout
Price is steady, but this product still has limited availability.


Cod, Sole, and Haddock
We bring these delicate fish direct to our customers from Boston and only order what you need in order to provide you with a beautiful, fresh product every time. Get your pre-orders in early.

Chilean salmon prices are improving.  We are expecting the trend to continue through the wild salmon season.  We are also getting in large whole salmon from the North Sea (country of origin can be Scotland, Faroe Islands, or Norway).  The shortages in Europe appear to have stabilized a little as well, but we are only seeing moderate improvements in price.  Ask your rep about New Zealand Farmed Ora King Salmon.


Gulf Oysters

Summer is here and oysters will continue to be tight.  Public seasons are closed, forcing our vendors to turn to their private leases.  This means that there are fewer areas to fish from and a more limited supply to sort through.  We will continue to support our loyal customers, as always, through this challenging time.


American Red Snapper

Product continues to be tight, but we do have them.



Though price has increased, demand for scallops has not decreased in the market.  We continue to have the larger product available but also offer a U/12 product for customers who are more price-sensitive.



Our tuna is great. Prices are very nice right now.  Get it while it lasts.


Mahi Mahi

Mahi prices are going up and supply is getting worse.  The majority of the available fish are smaller than ten pounds each.  There aren’t large quantities of the fish, but our great suppliers keep us with product.



Grouper is a little tight this week as the fishermen seek out octopus, but we do have red and black grouper.


Our farmed striped bass is from right here in Texas.  It is harvested, transported, prepared, and shipped under controlled temps.  This increases the quality and shelf life for you.

Black Drum

Many of you may be considering black drum as an alternative to redfish.  The product is available, but can be limited in the summer, so make sure we know your needs.


We are seeing some domestic meat now.  Get your pre-orders in, and we will do our best to fill them.


Lane Snapper

Beautiful lane snapper direct from Costa Rica are here.

Domestic Catfish

Prices are up, but quality is great!!!  Our catfish is farmed right here in Texas.  As the summer heat continues, the larger sizes of fish are tightening up a bit, so if you use a large fillet, please make sure we know your needs.


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.



We have a variety of seabass options.  We have H&G sized 20-30 kg as well as fillets cut from that size.  Get with your sales rep for details.


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.


Rainbow ‘Green’, Golden, and Ruby trout

The low water supply this summer has created a shortage on the larger red meat fish from Idaho.  The water supply is back up now, and the product will be more plentiful towards the end of September.