Whether you love a great piece of Copper River Salmon, an entire Branzino grilled whole, or oysters just plucked from salty waters, fresh seafood is one of the healthiest and most delicious choices for your kitchen this summer. We're lucky to live so close to the ocean's bounty, with fresh fish arriving daily. Here are some of Seattle's best fish markets. (Where you aren't subjected to flying fish and hordes of picture-snapping tourists.)
Mutual Fish Co. At this Beacon Hill fish market you'll see a lot of the standard fish you'll find around town, but they've also got some special delights. The kazu sake marinated black cod is to die for. You can also buy sushi-grade tuna, which is tough to find at most fish markets. If you're looking to make Cioppino or seafood pasta, try picking up their fish broth that's usually $7.99 per tub. It will add a ton of flavor to any recipe.
Mutual Fish Co. also has a bunch of fantastic recipes on its website, and I've put the Clam Dip ingredients and directions at the bottom of this article.
2335 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Taylor Shellfish Farms. This is a great place to either pick up shellfish to take home, or to stop and slurp down a few oysters and a glass of wine in-between doing other shopping at Melrose Market. The staff is friendly and helpful when it comes to picking out your seafood. If they're in season, the Shigoku oysters and a glass of Prosecco make a wonderful pairing. If you're feeling adventurous, you can also try their geoduck chowder.
By the way, a new Taylor Shelffish location recently opened in Queen Anne and another is coming soon to Pioneer Square.
1521 Melrose Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Pure Food Fish Market. You may have to shuffle past tourists and fish throwing madness at Pike Place to reach Pure Food Fish Market, but it's worth it. I love grilled Branzino and this is one of the few fish markets that carries the flaky white fish the most often. The fishmongers (I feel strange calling them that, but it is their title) are always very friendly and happy to clean your fish however you'd like.
1511 Pike Place
Seattle, WA 98144
University Seafood & Poultry. It's certainly not glamorous from the outside, but University Seafood & Poultry has delicious products and great prices. The Indian Smoked Salmon is oily, extremely flavorful, and worth a try. Another perk of shopping here is that there's a lot of interesting wild game like rabbit, ostrich, alligator, python, and wild boar.
1317 NE 47th Street
Seattle, WA 98105
Lam's Seafood Market. Going to Lam's is a crazy experience on the weekend, so I suggest stopping by on a weekday if possible. (On the weekend, it's nearly impossible to find a parking spot.) Lam's has great deals, unique produce, and tons of fresh fish.
It's one of the places Wild Ginger's Executive Chef Jacky Lo recommended to us when we went shopping with him in the International District a few months ago. He says it's his go-to market for Dungeness crab when it's in season.
1221 S King Street
Seattle, WA 98144
Neighborhood: International District
And here's that clam dip recipe I promised from Mutual Fish Co.:
Ingredients: Garlic; thin slivers
6 oz Cream cheese
8 oz Clams, drained and minced
1 tbs Clam broth
1 tsp Fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve with potato chips.