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Top 16 Places to Buy Seafood

Wild and Farm-raised Fish, Shellfish, Lobster, Crab, Oysters, and more

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Finding great seafood can be more difficult than the actual cooking itself. If you live far from the ocean or in a small town, your choices can be very limited. Luckily, with modern shipping and online shopping, high quality seafood is available to everyone. One word of caution with buying seafood online, check shipping costs. Overnight shipping can be very expensive, especially when half your package is ice. But if you're looking for some great seafood, here are the companies I recommend.

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1. AllFreshSeafood.com

In business since 1998, this seafood purveyor supplies over 400 of the top restaurants in New York and New Jersey. Great selection of whole fish, fillets, shellfish, smoked fish, and caviars. Allfreshseafood.com also has a great selection of prepared foods including appetizers, entrees, sauces, and crust mixes.

2. Vital Choice

Vital Choice has an amazing selection of frozen and canned seafood from Alaska and the Northwest Pacific. Don't be fooled by the generic looking labels on their products. You will find some of the best seafood here money can buy and they have an outstanding mail order system. The owners and executive staff have decades of experience as professional fishermen. A very enticing fact about their products is that the selection of seafood is sustainable and most of their fisheries used are certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or the State of Alaska. Vital Choice seafood is flash frozen at sea and shipped on dry ice to your home. The quality is most excellent and the prices fair.

3. Catalina Offshore Products

Catalina is a San Diego wholesale seafood company that is now selling directly to the public. Great prices. Huge selection. Sushi grade fish, shellfish, and roe. Fresh sea urchin! Live California lobster, live abalone, stone crab, scallops, shrimp. Large selection of fish. Subscribe to their newsletter for 5% off and monthly specials.

4. iGourmet

 Igourmet, one of my favorite specialty food shops, has a nice selection of premium fresh fish - ahi tuna, lobster tails, catfish, salmon, mahi mahi, snapper, soft shell crabs, and more.

 

They also have a great selection of canned seafood, smoked seafood, and caviar. Great customer service.

5. Giovanni's Fresh Fish Market & Galley

This 25-year-old California company has over 1,000 varieties of seafood including crab and lobster, caviar, sashimi grade tunas, over 12 varieties of live oysters, tons of fish and lots more. Family owned and operated.

6. Honolulu Fish Company

This great company sells premium seafood (including 14 species of sashimi grade fish) to some of the best restaurants in the country. You can purchase their products online through Allen Brothers. Hawaiian Ahi, Tasmanian King Salmon, Hawaiian Swordfish, Hawaiian Escolar, Hawaiian Pink Snapper, Hawaiian Sea Bass, Hawaiian King Prawns.

7. 2 Sisters Alaska Seafood

Truly amazing wild Alaskan seafood delivered in perfect condition every time - wonderful selection of wild salmons, King Crab Legs, Alaskan Halibut, Kodiak Scallops and Prawns.

8. The Crab Place

This Maryland company has been providing fresh seafood to its mail-order customers since 1997. Greg and Matt Cain sell fresh Maryland seafood caught daily by local watermen. Their unique packing and delivery process keeps their crabs fresh, and their customers satisfied. In season, you can find a fantastic assortment of live Maryland crab (hard or soft). In the off-season, order them steamed or frozen. Other treats include Alaskan king crab, Maine lobster, Louisiana crawfish, oysters and an assortment of prepared foods like crab cakes, breaded shrimp and clams, calamari, soups and sauces.

9. Wild Edibles Seafood Market

This New York City company is one of the best fish retailers around, supplying gourmet restaurants like Alain Ducasse, Le Bernardin, and Union Square Cafe. Wide selection of whole fish, steaks, and fillets as well as live Maine lobsters, 9 types of oysters, shrimp, mussels, clams, caviar, and more.

10. Charleston Seafood

This South Carolina seafood store carries over 30 kinds of fish as well as shrimp, lobster, oysters, clams, mussels, crawfish, calamari and a lot more. Everything is processed, packaged, and shipped from a central Charleston location under strict HAACP guidelines. Unlike most companies, Charleston Seafood offers 2-day air shipping which cost a lot less than overnight. Your order is carefully packaged to ensure it will maintain the best quality.

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