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Ocean Tides – Halibut Menu Solution Box

Chef – Build A Perfect Box with Halibut

Along with Alaskan Halibut, SeafoodS.com can build a perfect “Menu Box” with some of New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, Japan, and California’s greatest seafood options packed alongside your Halibut order. This is an exceptionally creative advantage and is available to our customers throughout the season. With Halibut fulfilling your shipping weight, it’s an easy way to try species that you have underutilized in the past.

Yellowtail Kingfish – Hiramasa

(Seriola lalandi lalandi)

The Fish, as a natural inhabitant of the cold, crystal-clear waters of Spencer Gulf off the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, Hiramasa Kingfish are locally fed year round in the clean, crisp Antarctic currents that flow freely from the Great Southern Ocean. Hiramasa is the Japanese word for the species, where it’s highly prized as a superb sashimi fish. Increasingly though, Hiramasa Kingfish is also being acclaimed for its extraordinary versatility; whether served as sashimi, cured, smoked, grilled, fried or roasted as a cutlet or poached as a fillet in broth. So it’s little wonder that the world’s leading chefs revere Hiramasa Kingfish for its exquisite flavour, texture and consistency and have come to rely on fresh deliveries of it twice weekly, 52 weeks of the year. Local pride, careful Australian nurturing and global recognition make it easy to see why award-winning Hiramasa Kingfish is indeed, The King of Kingfish. Hiramasa Kingfish is renowned for being one of the finest eating fish in the world. Its firm white-to-pale-pink flesh boasts a fresh, sweet and clean flavor that’s superbly moist and silky unadorned as sashimi, yet rich enough to hold its own when paired with more robust ingredients and flavors, including meat. Its broad-flaked texture and minimal bone structure is also favored by leading restaurant chefs for its easy eating, consistently high standard and exquisite mouth feel. The skin crisps brilliantly too, reflecting its higher fat content. All of which means that Hiramasa Kingfish is a fish for every season; performing magnificently as a warming winter dish as well as clean, classic summer fare. Whether it’s haute cuisine or haute casual, Hiramasa Kingfish’s versatility makes it a veritable palette for the palate.

Moonfish – Opah 

(Lampris regius)

Hailing from many temperate Pacific regions, the Opah, or Moonfish, is a marvelous example of diversity in seafood. It is a beautiful species that is considered good luck by many South Pacific natives. It’s uncommon body structure and striking coloration contribute to its popularity not only in sport fishing, but also the culinary world. The muscle placement offers various cuts with degrees of texture, color, and flavor. The most utilized and available is the “Top Loin” or Back. Running along the top from eye to tail, this cut offers maximum yield and uniformity in portioning. It typically boasts the deepest color, which spans from orange, to pink, to red. The Top Loin also seems to be a bit tenderer than the Belly or “Bottom”. Opah has a flavor and texture that has often been compared to a cross between Tuna and Swordfish. It has a moderate flavor that is bold enough to attack with ingredients, but not overpowering or strong. Opah is at home in almost any culinary application and plates well in any arrangement. Our South Pacific Opah is sourced from New Zealand and Tahiti. The Tahitian Opah often shows a deeper color in the flesh. This is attributed the Tropical environment. It tends to be a bit lighter in flavor also. The New Zealand Opah has a lighter color, but boasts a bit more complexity in flavor. No matter the coloration of raw Opah, the flesh cooks to a creamy white. Opah is a resourceful protein and allows countless applications and recipes. It can be cooked just through or served medium rare. It holds up to big sets and tamely incorporates itself into lighter ingredient parings. Opah is as menu-able as it is beautiful. Doubly sourcing Tahitian and New Zealand Opah, allows SeafoodS.com to readily supply product from these tightly managed fisheries.

Broadbill Swordfish – Three Day Boat

(Dissostichus eleginoides)

Leigh Fisheries provide SeafoodS.com and our customers a 3 day boat Swordfish. The fish is caught dressed and wrapped in breathable cloth immediately after landing. This provides one of the freshest swordfish on the market. Swordfish has a lean steaky texture with moderate moisture. It has a complex flavor that holds up to bolder flavors. The powerful Swordfish has a incomparable shelf life, and with direct sourcing, that shelf is even longer. Swordfish allow the butcher an intricate view into an incredible yield with minimal loss in fabrication. The “Wheel” and Fillet are the most popular specs for restaurant purchasers, and present a user-friendly break down of portions. It’s a lower cost, higher yield animal that is extremely recognizable by the guest.

Contact SeafoodS.com to Build This Year’s Halibut Program

Josh Adams : 704-769-2260
Josh Bogen: 704-769-2261
Mike Casagrande: 704-769-2263
Lee Dellinger: 704-769-2257
Karen Harmon: 704-769-2262

Jon Flower – 704-769-2258
Ben Hollinger: 704-769-2320
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256

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Ocean Tides – Halibut Menu Box Second Edition

Chef – Build A Perfect Box with Halibut

Along with Alaskan Halibut, SeafoodS.com can build a perfect “Menu Box” with some of New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, Japan, and California’s greatest seafood options packed alongside your Halibut order. This is an exceptionally creative advantage and is available to our customers throughout the season. With Halibut fulfilling your shipping weight, it’s an easy way to try species that you have underutilized in the past.

Groper – Hapuku 

(Polyprion oxygeneios)

New Zealand Groper can be distinguished from their distant relatives by their plain-colored body pattern. And with market sizes ranging from 6 lbs to above 30 lbs, the Groper have a very particular aspect for a menu item. They carry the light succulence of larger Rockfish in the early stages of adulthood, and fulfill the flaky bite of large Grouper later in life. Groper are line caught off the coast New Zealand, including the Chatham Rise. They are most common over or near rocky areas down to 850 feet. The main fishing grounds for Gropers are the deep canyons off the East Coast of the North Island, Cook Strait, Kokura and the west Coast of the South Island. It is in the genus Polyprion that include one of the Southern Atlantic’s favorite food fish, the Wreckfish or “Stone Bass”.

John Dory – St Peter Fish 

(Zues faber)

New Zealand John Dory is an upright “Flatfish”. Its fillet resembles the shape of Flounder. John Dory is perhaps the most recognizable of all the New Zealand species and is easily identified by a conspicuous black spot on the side of its olive/brown body. Dories are distinct from all other fish, with the exception of their deepwater relatives the Oreos.  From its storied beginnings, the John Dory has been a staple in ultra fine dining. With a sweet and delicate flesh that cooks to a paper white, the John Dory rivals the marks of species that often accompany it on upscale menus. When developing John Dory recipes, look to its skeleton as well. Though the flesh is one of the most attractive in a center-of-the plate species, its large extendable mouth structure offers an abundance of collagen. For stocks and broths it is the embodiment of perfect stock bones. With market sizes ranging from 2 lbs. to just above 5 lbs., the John Dory gives assistance in excellent portion control as well.

Glacier 51 Toothfish – Patagonia Toothfish/”Seabass”

(Dissostichus eleginoides)

Certified ‘sustainable’ by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and rated ‘Best Choice’ by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program, Glacier 51 Toothfish is the ultimate choice in terms of quality and sustainability. Australia’s Heard Island Toothfish fishery undergoes rigorous stock assessments by the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) and the Commission for Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to ensure accurate on-going sustainability of the stock. Vessels are required to do research cruises and tag and release thousands of Toothfish to further improve the understanding of the biology and status of Toothfish. By regulating the fishery and continuing the extensive research programs on Toothfish, the Australian government and CCAMLR have ensured that fishing for Toothfish at Heard Island is sustainable FOREVER.

Contact SeafoodS.com to Build This Year’s Halibut Program

Josh Adams : 704-769-2260
Josh Bogen: 704-769-2261
Mike Casagrande: 704-769-2263
Lee Dellinger: 704-769-2257
Karen Harmon: 704-769-2262
Jon Flower – 704-769-2258
Ben Hollinger: 704-769-2320
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256


Mount Cook Alpine King Salmon

Salmon King AlpineBest Choice

The induction of many New Zealand King Salmon into the “Best Choice” classification of the Monterey Seafood Watch has boosted the overall notoriety of their practices. While many NZ King producers have triumphed in responsible aqua-culture, and stellar product lines, one stands unique in its clever locale and innovative operations system.

The Alpine King Salmon are a unique Freshwater King Salmon. Hatched and raised in the pristine, glacial waters of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, Mt Cook Alpine Salmon speaks for itself. A unique alpine environment, fast-flowing habitat and the delicate touch of the seasons, create the world’s finest freshwater King Salmon. Nature has done all the hard work and the flavor tells the story. The result is a salmon that is moist and delicate to the palette and sought after by leading chefs around the world.

SeafoodS.com is enamored by the opportunity to work closely with the United States’ exclusive importer of Mount Cook Alpine King Salmon. Direct Priority Overnight shipping opportunities allow our customers to receive the freshest Alpine Kings. With Sushi and Sashimi quality, the Alpine King has a place in any application. From French classic to cutting edge fusion, Alpine King Salmon by SeafoodS.com has a place on any menu or feature board. We offer Import Direct with quality guaranteed product each week. Reach out toSeafoodS.com to learn more about this unique Salmon offering.


Just in Time for the Holidays

Same Box. Same Plate. Completely Different Surf & Turf!

Kerwee Wagyu

The Tajiri or Tajima line is formed in the Kansai region, especially in the prefecture of Hyogo. Originally the animals were used as draft animals. This circumstance led to a greater development of the forequarters compared to the hindquarters. Tajima cattle are generally small framed and have lower growth rates, but the meat quality, in regards to marbling grade and tenderness, is excellent. The Tajima line is considered the most efficient line for producing high-quality meat. Our main focus is on genetic material from this line. These Tajima Cattle are grown in Australia. Kerwee Wagyu is trimmed tightly and has a unique flavor and umami. Menu Kerwee for unique Wagyu in your area. Set your restaurant apart from other Wagyu offerings. Grade: Red (BMS 4-5), Silver (BMS 6-7), Black (BMS 8-9), Kiwami (BMS 9+).

Kerwee

Australian King Prawn

For superior quality and full taste, Spencer Gulf King Prawns are renowned throughout the world as the premium species of prawn. Spencer Gulf King Prawns are wild caught straight from the cold clean waters of the Spencer Gulf, full of natural flavor. The Spencer Gulf prawn fishery leads the way in environmentally sustainable fishing practices, which is now being role-modelled worldwide. Recently this was acknowledged through being awarded Marine Stewardship Council Certification. Spencer Gulf King Prawns are an Australian product, caught and packed in Australia. The highest level of quality control is maintained, ensuring presentation, flavor, and product life is preserved. With monster U8, U10 and 10/15 sizes available, these prawns can definitely set your menu apart.
Prawn Ausralian King


South Pacific Barramundi Portion Program

Seared Barramundi Over Navy Bean and Lardon Casoulet with Lemon-Coriander Gastrique

Seared Barramundi Over Navy Bean and Lardon Casoulet with Lemon-Coriander Gastrique

At SeafoodS.com, we pride ourselves on identifying and solving our customers problems, and we helped Metro Wine Bar in Oklahoma City, OK find a WIN-WIN fall menu solution with our Indonesian Saltwater Barramundi portion program! When Executive Chef Jonas Favela needed a “quality” and “value-based” menu solution that was easy for him to control plate cost, we looked outside the box and offered this program to meet his needs.

For years, SeafoodS.com has offered fresh, natural sides of this brilliant Barramundi. We challenged our producer to look outside of their already excellent production, and supply a one-of-a-kind portion program that is value-based and “Chef-ready” without compromising the quality and integrity of the product. The result is exactly what you see pictured – a creamy, flaky, versatile whitefish that can easily be a value-based driver for your fall and winter menus. SeafoodS.com embraced the solution, and we now offer skin-off Saltwater Barramundi portions directly imported from our partners in the South Pacific.

This is a unique solution designed to fit a variety of chef’s needs. Without fear, you can menu a South Pacific Seabass this fall/winter at a great value for both your bottom line and your guests. We direct import this product from New Zealand weekly, and ship 22lb cases of this fantastic fish skin off in 6 ounce or 8 ounce cryovac packaging direct to your restaurant. It’s simple, all you need to do is open the box and get to work…

Let us know if this solution works for you!


New Zealand Iki Jime Direct

NZ Iki Jime - Tai Snapper, Red Snapper, Kingfish, Trevally

NZ Iki Jime – Tai Snapper, Red Snapper, Kingfish, Trevally

Iki Jime is an ancient Japanese technique of killing and bleeding fish at the time of capture. A needle or rod is inserted into the brain or spinal cord (depending on the species) of the fish as it is landed. Then there is a slight incision at the tail to bleed the fish out, and it is kept in rigor in an icy slush bath. Instantaneous death best preserves the texture and quality of the flesh. This unique method not only preserves the quality of the flesh, it also reduces an environment for bacteria and pathogens to grow and minimizes overall stress on the fish. Iki jime is the most humane way of killing fish. The result is ultra clean and quality sashimi grade product – the best on Planet Earth!

SeafoodS.com offers a direct import opportunity for any chef looking for Iki Jime killed fish. Less than 2 days out of the water upon receipt is the freshest direct program available in the United States. We offer multiple species to fit any demographic. Iki Jime fish are suitable for nigiri, sashimi, sushi, and any other preparation method that demands the highest quality. Preparing and serving fresh and clean seafood creates an unrivaled dining experience.

SeafoodS.com works directly with a select group of fisheries in New Zealand that offer this amazing program. These state-of-the-art vessels fish only inside regulated waters in New Zealand, and strict guidelines are met to ensure sustainability. For years these boats were only exporting to Europe and Asia, but you know us – we have decided to bring the program to full-time distribution across the United States and Caribbean! All it takes is a little planning and a 2 day preorder, and you can have the highest quality fish on the planet direct on your doorstep from SeafoodS.com!

We only pack to order for this highly specialized program. When an order comes in to SeafoodS.com, we place it directly with the fishermen. If you want 10 snapper, they only catch 10 snapper. They don’t bring in hundreds or thousands of pounds at a time. They only fish for the exact number they are given! Each order is caught, Iki Jime killed, bled, and bathed in an icy seawater slush then docked to be packed and shipped directly from New Zealand to our importer in Los Angeles. From there, the gel packs are changed and shipped from LA direct to anywhere in the United States. It doesn’t get any better than this!!!

New Zealand Iki Jime Fish List: Alfonsino “Kinmedai”; Blue Cod “Tara”; Fluke “Hirame”; Frost Fish “Oberadachi”; John Dory “Matodai”; Kingfish “Hiramasa”; King Salmon “Masunosuke”; Scorpionfish “Aka Kasago”; Red Snapper “Madai”; Tai Snapper “Kodai”; Tarakihi “Shimakurodai”; Trevally “Shimaaji”


R+D: Grillin’ on the EVO

It’s that time again, when the SeafoodS.com Team tests some product and throws a party! No explanation needed – great food, great beers, and great company all done in style on the EVO Grill! We’ll let the pictures speak for themselves… Check it out!

EVO Grill

EVO Grill

New Zealand Coromandel Bay Oysters

New Zealand Coromandel Bay Oysters

Mishima Ranch Ultra Grade Wagyu Flatiron

Mishima Ranch Ultra Grade Wagyu Flatiron

Flatiron On The EVO Grill

Flatiron On The EVO Grill

Flatiron Sliced, Ready to Serve - Beautiful!

Flatiron Sliced, Ready to Serve – Beautiful!

Mishima Ranch Ultra Grade Teres Major

Mishima Ranch Ultra Grade Teres Major

#1 Tahitian Yellowfin Tuna

#1 Tahitian Yellowfin Tuna

Blackened Alaskan Halibut

Blackened Alaskan Halibut