Each Week Red's Best's Fisherman will offer us a two Fresh Catches. This selection is of a less well known fish species and offers better value than many of the traditionally favorite types. Eating more of these underutilized fish species also will mean a more sustainable fisheries in the long run.
This fish is extremely fresh and literally right off of their small boats. All fish are caught using small scale sustainable methods such as hook and line and small gill nets, so that ocean and fish stock damage is minimized This ensures a sustainable future of quality fish, and for the fisherman and the communities they live in.
Quality is much higher than what is usually available at retail stores for a number of reasons.
- Fish is handled less and arrives in your kitchen within a few days of harvest.
- These fisherman return each day with their catch and do not store or hold fish.
- All fish is wild caught and not frozen or processed in any way other than cutting or packaging for travel.
- Your fish arrives at Red's Best Monday morning, Farmers To You picks it up Tuesday, and you receive it Wednesdays and Thursdays.
This Weeks Catch
Cold water Massachusetts cod has been the cornerstone of our fishery for centuries. While it is important to explore the diversity of our local catch, a snow white, flaky cod filet can be a delicious treat.
It's hard to beat a beer battered cod filet served hot and crispy with fries and tartar sauce. And baked cod under buttery cracker crumbs with a squeeze of lemon is a Friday night New England classic - especially during the season of lent. Local restaurant chefs often pan-roast cod, which is an easy gluten-free option.
The key to pan roasting cod is a very hot pan. Non-stick works, a well seasoned cast iron is ideal, and a good quality aluminum sauté pan such as All Clad will do just fine. Portion cod into about four pieces of even thickness. Pat dry and season with salt and pepper. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and get your pan very hot over a high flame. When a teaspoon of vegetable oil is slightly smoking, add cod filet with the better looking side down. This will be the presentation side. Place the whole pan in the oven for about ten minutes or until cod is cooked through. It is not necessary to turn the cod until it is done and ready to be presented on the plate. The filet should be brown and crispy, with a clean mild flavor ready to be paired with your favorite side dish.