The 2019 season had a late start but promises to be a delicious one for our prized Oregon Dungeness crab. The crabbing fleet of over 400 boats began pulling in this Oregon delicacy just after the first of the year. The crabs are loaded with sweet meat. This is a simple dinner to prepare and will brighten a rainy Oregon night. A pile of crab, a squeeze of lemon, maybe a salad or loaf of warmed bread, and a bottle of your favorite Oregon wine. It is time to gather your friends and family. We have plenty in the market and Grotto so stop in and pick up the best of Oregon's catch.
Newman’s now carries a sustainably farmed, certified organic Chinook salmon from the Pacific waters off the coast of Vancouver Island. We are pleased with the quality of the salmon and welcome your experience as you give it a try. Creative Salmon Organic has made a tremendous effort to secure organic farming certification, no antibiotics, no growth hormones, fed a natural diet, and raised in a low density environment. Since they are farmed Chinook they are available fresh, year-round, and are shipped to our market within 48 hours of harvest.
We like the size, color and fantastic flavor of frozen at sea (FAS) Coho and Chinook out of Alaska. Coho is also referred to as Silver salmon for its bright silver sides. It is a distinctly flavored fish, has bright orange-red flesh, is moderately fatty and flakes well. The King or Chinook salmon are larger than silver and have a bit higher fat content. Remember that FAS salmon is immediately cleaned and frozen at sea to preserve the fresh flavor of this delicious salmon. FAS salmon is the next best thing to fresh.
We offer a bay shrimp salad on our take-out menu and it is a great alternative when you are looking for a light meal with protein of for those wanting a gluten free option. We also have plenty of shrimp in the market to use in stir-frys, soups, sauteed and served on top of pasta, and grilled or sauteed as appetizers.
We have a good supply of frozen at sea halibut in the market and anticipate thereturn of the fresh halibut season mid-March. There are so many ways to prepare this versatile firm white fish. It is great on the BBQ and also good baked in the oven.
Petrale Sole should continue to show up on a regular basis for the short-term future. The catch has been pretty consistent to date. This will potentially be affected if weather systems keep the boats off the water.
Also, high quality, fileted-by-hand, hook and line Rockfish, Ling Cod, and Black Cod are plentiful. The texture and appearance of trolling, hook and line caught fish is superior to trawl (net) caught. The quality is firmer and the flavor tends to be slightly sweeter and milder.
We will keep you posted of upcoming seafood seasons as we get the information from our fishermen. Razor Clam fans need to hold tight because the season has been delayed due to small size clams. Stop by or call the market to see if we have them.