Market Report: August 15, 2011

August 16, 2011



Branzini is a silver-skinned fish that goes by many names including European sea bass, spigola, loup de mer, and lubina. It has a medium-textured, delicate-flavored flesh and few small bones. It’s a prized fish in Greek, Italian, and Spanish cuisines, and is often prepared grilled, baked, poached, steamed, or braised whole.



Notes From Our Buyer

East Coast Soft Shell Crabs 

Whales and Jumbos will be arriving for the weekend.  Reserve yours NOW!!!

Mako Shark, Escolar, Rockfish fillet

All available for the weekend!!!

Manila Clams and Mediterranean Mussels

We are bringing these two products in directly from the West Coast.  Take a look at them.  They would make a great featured appetizer.

Wild Alaskan Coho

Poor weather hurt the fishing early this week.  We expect coho for the weekend.


Closed areas 1 and 2 are open and producing now.  Dry scallop prices are dropping and wet prices will fall as soon as they get some processed.  Quality is outstanding!!!

Yellowfin Tuna

The availability of tuna this week is much better.  Prices are still high, but our 60+ Tuna will be here all week!!!

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.

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 will conduct 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.

Domestic Catfish

Catfish continues to be tight.  The drought is not helping things at all.  The sizes that are the most plentiful are 3-5 and 5-7.


We are seeing more seabass 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

Frugé has a wide variety of East Coast oysters available.  We send out an availability list each week of 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.


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 on 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.

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 is back and looking good!


Nice, great-priced swordfish directly from Coast Rica will be here for the weekend.

Green, Golden, and Ruby trout

Trout is very tight right now.  All the major farms have to let their stock grow out.  Relief will be here hopefully in late September.

Mahi Mahi

We are going to have a great season, at least that is what I am hearing.  The problem now is the season is not here yet.  Ecuador has shut down fishing mahi due to the terrible season they had last year.  They can catch it as a by catch, but not as a main target.

Atlantic Salmon

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


They are seeing a little AJ now, but not very much.  All sold locally today.  Prices are high with the low availability.


The Grouper is looking great, plenty now and for the weekend.


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.

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 for the menu.  Everyone knows its name, and it is very easy to sell.  It cooks up great any way!

Black Drum

What a fantastic fish.  Great blackened, fried, baked, grilled, or any way you choose.  It is also great on the food cost!!!


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