Opah have large disc shaped bodies with blue and a deep red-orange upper body fading to a rosy color on the belly, with white spots covering the sides and bright redish-orange fins. Opah can weigh 150 pounds.
Fresh Opah, also called Moonfish, has translucent pinkish flesh and beautiful multi-colored skin. The tender top loin of Opah is a light salmon-orange or pink-rose color and is often used for sashimi. The flavor of the top loin is sweet & lean with a texture somewhat like tuna.
The side and lower flesh of Opah is the same light salmon-orange color at the top but fades to a paler color at the bottom and is too fibrous to be used for sashimi but still becomes very tender after cooking. With a robust flavor similar to tuna or swordfish, the lower loin is higher in natural oil than the top loin and has a fat content which can be higher than Salmon.
The cheek meat is dark red. And the breastplate flesh is bright red. All the flesh turns white after cooking except for the breastplate which turns brown.
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FRUGE SEAFOODS is proud to announce it will now be the exclusive distributor of PureFish sustainable seafood products for Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. We will now be offering their full line of sustainable and Organic seafood items with direct shipment from Europe to ensure top quality and freshness for our customers.
Wild Isles Organic Salmon – this E.U Certified Organic salmon is unlike any other farm raised salmon where it is raised in the open ocean of the Shetland Islands, and not in a Loch or Bay like other farms raised salmons. Its certified sustainable aquaculture methods are free from all antibiotics, hormones, & GMO, and its feed is certified organic and uses no synthetic coloring or pigments added. This allows for the quality, taste, and texture of a Wild King salmon to be available year round. You and your customers will taste and see the difference.
Wild Isles Ocean Trout – All Natural Ocean Trout (Steelhead) begins its life in fresh water land based closed containment recirculation tanks, once these rainbow trout reach maturity, they are then transferred to wild water off the island of Skye in Scotland where the continue their grow-out in salt water until they reach a harvest size of 7-12 lbs each. The result is an amazing sashimi quality ocean trout with a higher fat content then salmon and a great flavor that lends itself to any type of cooking or smoking. This sustainably raised ocean trout is a more sustainable and lower costing than a similar Tasmanian Ocean Trout.
Anglesey Aquaculture Mediterranean Sea Bass (Bronzino) – Unlike any other Mediterranean sea bass, this is truly sustainable. Welsh sea bass is raised in a ZERO WASTE land based recirculation farm in Wales, UK. From egg to harvest every detail of its life cycle is cared for and highly monitored to produce the best tasting sea bass using no antibiotics, hormones, and feed free from all GMO’s. Sustainable aquaculture and a zero waste policy (all waste from farms is collected and sold as organic fertilizer to local Welsh farmers) ensures that this sea bass is truly the world’s most sustainable bronzino. You and your customers will truly take the difference and have a boutique product that is only available in 3 cities in North America.
Prices are climbing as Costa Rica and Ecquador fisheries are not seeing much product. Expect shortages.
American Red Snapper
We are seeing beautiful fish coming out of Texas and Louisiana. We have them sized as 1-2, 2-4 and 4-10 whole fish.
We had a great meeting with these guys at the Boston Seafood Show. They plan to have their farm raised coho on the market very soon. We have Bell Farms Steelhead Trout in 10lbs increments. Fillet sizes are 7-9oz skin on boneless fillets. Bell Farms Trout has been designated Best Choice by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® Program..
P.E.I. mussels are still limited. We have small amounts of both East and West coast product flying in daily. We will keep you posted on the next available shipment.
The Carolinas are back on track this week 2-4 and 4-6 flounder are in house. Get it while it lasts, they are going fast!
East Coast Oysters
Harsh conditions, tons of ice- the East Coast oyster market is super tight this week. There are lots of frozen bays in Mass, RI, and Maine.
We are getting very nice Gulf Appellations from Stephenson Point, Lone Oak and Whitehead.
Texas had some closers this past week due to all of the fresh water entering Galveston bay. Gallons are looking good as of now. We also carry select gallons is you are looking for a larger oyster for your dishes.
Chilean salmon prices begin to creep up as enter the Lenten season. We also have North Sea and Canadian product in whole and fillet form. Check with your sales rep for case discounts if you are a volume user.
Scallop prices are up and availability is tight due to the East Coast weather. Expect shortages until the end of next week.
Prices are on the rise for #1 and 2+ Tuna. Availability will be somewhat tight as we get through the week. We are seeing rising prices on all tuna from all areas.
Sword is still in short supply and the price is climbing. Expect shortages in the coming weeks.
There is a grouper closure in Mexico every year from Feb 15 – Mar 15th. We have small amounts of product coming in from TX and other areas. Expect shortages and higher prices until the end of the conservation period.
We received product this week our of Hackberry, LA. We have product in the 2-4 and 4-8 whole sizes.
Domestic Crabmeat prices are up, and availability is very poor. This time of year is very difficult for all crab sources.
We have a variety of seabass options. We continue to carry H&G 20-30 kg as well as a smaller 10-20 kg if that is more of what you’re looking for. Prices are moving up and that trend will continue through Lent.
Rainbow Green™ and Ruby Trout
The trout supply seems to be stable. The variety of the cuts and sizes of this fish never cease to amaze me. There are many options to meet your menu specifications.