This is a guide to the best in season, local fresh fish and seafood from your award winning fishmongers in Tyne and Wear.
For what’s good each and every day have a look on the “Today’s Catch” page – we upload photos and information on the best of every days catch.
This winter look out for:
Local fresh squid – nothing beats it! Clean it yourself or just ask us to and simply pan fry in a little hot oil or a la urban night feast in a wok with sea salt flakes, ground black pepper and crushed szechuan pepper, with a squeeze of lime and some fresh coriander tumbled in at the end… yum yum yum
Haddock (Skinned and boned fillet £12.95/kg) – perfect time of year for these beautiful fishes, steam or bake for a healthy option
The local Cod is fantastic at the minute – in top condition and really plump (Fillet £11.95/kg)
Ling (Fillet £7.95/kg) Member of the cod family, great as a filler fish for fish cakes, fish pies etc
Halibut (Fillet or steaks £26.69/kg) - starting to see local wild halibut in the nets again – we are so lucky to have fish of this quality as not every fishing ground suits these elusive and special fish which are great for treats and special occasions, see our recipe page for more ideas (don’t forget to send your tried and tested recipes in for us to put on the website!). Its still Roberts ambition to catch one of these with a rod and line!
Dover Sole (whole £18/kg) dust a skinned fish (we will do this for you!) with seasoned flour and pan fry the whole fish to get a nice crispy outside, serve with a squeezze of lemon
Turbot (whole £16/kg fillets £26.69/kg) Roast the big steaks and serve with roasted winter veggies
Brill (whole £14/kg fillet £21/kg) Pan fry or poach the fillets
Plaice (whole £6.95/kg fillet £9.95kg) makes fab goujons (fish fingers for the kids!) or steam the fillets
“En-papillote” style of cooking is brilliant with flat fish, keeping all the flavour and moisture sealed in, get the oven moderately hot, and put whatever flavours you fancy in with the whole fish or fillet – wine, herbs, butter, oil etc, wrap in foil parcel - a simple and easy to clean up way of cooking!
Don’t be frightened to cook these whole and get us to do all the gutting and finning and the flesh will just fall off the bone!
Monkfish (Tails £23.45, cubes £17.09) Beautiful meaty firm fish with NO BONES. This is great oven roasted – wrap the fillet in pancetta and bake for 20-30 mins (depends on thickness of fish). It is also fantastic in curries, stews, soups and for BBQs as it stays in its chunks and doesn’t flake too much.
Skate (Skinned wings £9.95/kg) Poach or pan fry with a herb butter, beautifully moist fish also guaranteed no bones!
Oysters (75p each): Great raw plain, with a squeeze of lemon or dash of tabasco. Also great cooked – but some breadcrumbs and butter on the top and grill for a couple of minutes – yum yum. (Remember only 2 out of 3 works…!)
Crabs – Brown and Velvet and the occasional spider: Local, native and fished just off our doorstep. We sell crab all ways – live (£2.95/kg), cooked whole (£4.95/kg), dressed (£1.60 per tub) – we hand pick and dress about a tonne a week, legs (60p per bag), claws (£8.95/kg), and hand picked white meat (£3.60 per tub). Crab is very versatile and very good for you, put it in sandwiches, pasta, risottos, salads, baked potatoes, on toast or just eat straight from the pot.
Razor Clams (£9.95/kg) Bizarre looking dinner – but very tasty, ours come from the clean waters aro
und the West of Scotland. Cook them as you would mussels – steamed for 3-5mins with whatever takes your fancy. Cut out & discard the “gubbins” approx 2-3cm section where it attaches itself to the shell.
Scallops (Hand dived £1.80 per scallop, £27.50/kg) Cook in a really hot pan with a dab of butter to sear them on either side for a couple of minutes (don’t over cook!). De-Glaze the pan with a splash of wine, add cream and Bobs your uncle – tasty dinner to go with whatever you like – pasta, rice, potatoes and veggies.
Lobster (Live £29/kg, cooked/dressed £38/kg) Ours mainly come from Boulmer – a small Northumberland fishing village, beautiful local shellfish at its best!
Roast Smoked Salmon(£26/kg) The salmon is soaked in secret recipe brine for 1 hour and then smoked for 36 hours & cooked – it is the best I have ever had!
Cold Smoked Salmon – Hand sliced (£3.95 per 100g) Artisan product – not much more I can say!
We smoke our own here on the premises, using a special mix of oak and beech woods. We find our own smoked fish has much more texture, flavour and is moister than all the rest.
Ready to eat for salads, parties, lunches, teas and dinners –
Prawns – tiger prawns in garlic and herbs, luxury prawns, crayfish tails, normal prawns, crevettes, langoustines – you name then we’ve got them
Mussels – Plain, Vinegar, Smoked, Spicy, New Zealand Green Lips – all cooked and ready to go!
Crab – Whole, dressed, claws, legs
Rollmops, sweet cured herring, baked herring
Anchovies – banderilles, marinaded
Smoked Mackerel – plain, peppered, chilli, lemon and parsley
Please note – all the prices are correct at the time of publishing, but they do fluctuate with the market prices and we reserve the right to change them. To work out a portion per person work on 150g-200g for a main course!
Come and have a look at the best display of fresh fish and shellfish in Latimers Fishmongers, Tyne and Wear – to find out which!