How to Shop For, Store, and Prepare Seafood
When Mark Usewicz shares his seafood insights, we listen. The seafood expert, co-owner, and head fishmonger of Mermaid's Garden, a sustainable seafood market based in Brooklyn, has dove deep into the ins and outs of buying and cooking seafood. He shares basic tips including how to tell if a fish is fresh and how to store fish once you're home, to potentially more intimidating topics like cooking a whole fish.) He also makes the case for always having tinned shellfish on hand.)
Mark's approach to seafood comes passion and his knowledge of the seafood industry: All of the fish and shellfish he sells is sustainably sourced, he works closely with fisherman and producers. His tips will help you feel more confident when you're at the fish market or the seafood counter of your grocery store and when you're preparing fish at home.
Once you understand the basics of seafood seasonality, how to buy and shuck oysters, and removing that pesky fish smell from your kitchen, you'll be well on your way to cooking seafood like a pro. Mark also has a full guide for grilling fish that touches on how to cook with different types of grills and which type of fish are suitable for the grill so that you'll never be stuck scraping fish off the grates again. Use your new seafood savvy to inform and upgrade your entertaining—try your hand at hosting a fish fry, consider an approachable clambake and seafood boil for your next gathering, or take on the traditional Italian feast of the seven fishes during the holiday season.
What You Need to Know When You're Buying Fish
Seafood counters can be overwhelming, even if you have a specific recipe in mind. While most fish markets will differentiate between farm-raised or wild-caught, it can be difficult to know what the best, freshest, and most sustainable option is. Learn what to look for when buying whole fish and fillets in this clear guide.
What You Need to Know About Storing Fish
There's more to storing fish than putting it in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook. Here's information on keeping fish as fresh as possible, depending on what type of seafood you have. We also outline how long different kinds of fish will last in the refrigerator and how to freeze fresh fish.
Our Guide to Buying, Storing, and Cooking Shellfish
How to Buy, Store, and Shuck Oysters
How to Get That Fish Smell Out of Your Kitchen
All of your concerns about lingering smells after cooking fish are answered here with expert tips on preventing odor in the first place and cooking methods that minimize smell.
Your Ultimate Guide to Canned Tuna and Other Tinned Fish
This guide goes way beyond the canned tuna you probably had as a kid. There are plenty of elegant, environmentally-friendly fishes, from sardines and anchovies to salmon and tuna, that are delicious in pasta, atop crostini, or eaten as a snack on their own.
When Are Different Fish and Shellfish in Season?
From asparagus in the spring to butternut squash in the fall, you're on top of what's in season in the produce aisle, but did you know that seafood is seasonal, too? In spring and early summer, look for soft shell crabs and wild Pacific salmon. Pacific halibut is in season from spring through fall and bluefish are at their peak during the summer months. Fall and winter is peak season for Florida stone crab crabs.
This Is Why You Should Cook Whole Fish—Plus, How to Do It
There's no presentation more stunning than a roasted whole fish. Here is expert advice that demystifies the process of buying and cooking a whole fish. It's an economical way to cook fish and is straightforward to do when you have all the information you need. Our seafood expert says it's just as easy as cooking a fillet, but with an even more impressive result.
Here's How to Get Crispy Fish Skin When You Cook Fish Fillets
Crispy fish skin can be completely edible and totally delicious. In five simple steps, here's how to get a restaurant-quality sear at home, plus information on which fish skin should and which should not be eaten and why.
Everything You Need to Know About Grilling Fish
This guide explains which fishes are best suited to grilling (and which ones you should avoid placing on the grates). Also here, a basic how-to on getting to know your grill, its temperature zones, and what type of wood or charcoal to use when grilling seafood.
Why You Should Try Tinned Shellfish, It's the New Pantry Staple
Tinned shellfish are a convenient, delicious, and truly special item to have on hand in your pantry. Whether you like to eat smoked oysters cold, heat up chopped clams, or dress other bivalves with olive oil, white wine, or tomato sauce, here are some inspiring tips for getting to know and using this seafood staple more.