Vic and I finally made it down to the Dory Fleet fish market at Newport Pier last weekend. We got there fairly late in the morning (9:30 am), and there was only one vendor still open. The others had sold out and closed shop. They open at 5:30 am, and there is a line already even that early. I am not a morning person, so I went late and took my chances. It paid off.
There were still plenty of fish left. When the guys sell almost out, they give their remaining fish to the last vendor to sell. Leslie had plenty of Black Cod (aka Sea Trout) not pictured. I don’t like them and neither does Vic. Their texture is slimy and the flavor not to my liking either. I don’t remember what the gray fish in the foreground were, or the three orange-red fish above them, but the mass of red fish at the top left are Black Gill Rockfish. That was what we went for. The dory fleet website posts what fishermen are catching what species, and I was able to look them up. These fish are like red snapper, if you ask me. The flesh was firm and delicious.
We asked the guy cleaning and filleting them to save the head and spine for us so we could make fish chowder.
I laid the fish on aluminum foil on top of a smoker tray and grilled them on our gas grill inside our Williams-Sonoma smoker basket over hickory wood chips.
The snow peas and onion were from our garden. This was yet another adventure in locally sourced seafood, with homegrown vegetables. Doesn’t get much healthier or more local than this.
We also bought a 4-lb bag of sand dabs, a locally caught small flounder-type fish. I cooked four of them for a different meal, and froze the rest for later use.
The Dory Fleet market also had several bags of octopus, but I have no clue how to cook octopus. I do like eating them, so I may give it a try. My old landlord from Connecticut days, Joe Passanesi, made the best octopus salad. He boiled the octopus, sliced the tentacles, and dressed the slices with olive oil, garlic, parsley, and vinegar. I assume that one tosses out the head. Has anyone cooked octopus? How did you prepare it?
Stay tuned for further adventures of the piscine kind. (Is that the right word?)