Lobster Tails (Caribbean)

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Species Name:Panulirus argus Sustainability Rating:Red – Avoid What:The delicious tail of the warm water spiny lobster When:Available Year-Round Where/How:Where – Western Atlantic How – Wild caught; trap Back to Product Guide Characteristics Lobster tail meat is firm, sweet and delicious. Work with your Santa Monica Seafood Sales Rep to select the perfect size for your application – we carry a wide range …

Crab, Jonah

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Species Name:Cancer borealis Sustainability Rating:Grey-Unrated What:Jonah crab is a species of crab found along the Atlantic Coast of North America.  It is closely related to the Dungeness Crab. When:Available Year-Round Where/How:Where – Canada How – Wild Caught/Pots, Traps Back to Product Guide Characteristics Jonah Crab Meat and Jonah Crab Claws have a sweet, and subtle crab flavor. The meat is simply …

Hake

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Species Name:Merluccius capensis Sustainability Rating:Blue – Santa Monica Seafood Approved (MSC Certified) What:A delicious white-fleshed fish that is a member of the Cod Family and is MSC Certified When:Available Year-Round Where/How:Where – South Africa How – Wild Caught/Trawl Back to Product Guide Characteristics Although Hake is a member of the Cod family it has its own unique characteristics. Cooks up …

Shrimp, Kalari Argentinian Red

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Species Name:Pleoticus muelleri Sustainability Rating:grey – unranked What:Frozen at sea, head-on, shell-on, 5-10 count/lb shrimp. When:Year-Round Where/How:Where: Southern coast of Argentina in the Patagonia region How: Mid-water trawl Back to Product Guide Characteristics From the ice cold waters of the Southern Atlantic Ocean, comes Kalari Red Shrimp. These shrimp are caught off the Coast of Argentina in a region known as …

Shrimp, Farmed White

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Species Name:Penaeus vannamei Sustainability Rating:Multiple Options Available What:Farm-Raised White Shrimp When:Available Year-Round Where/How:Where – Various C.O.O. (Thailand, Mexico, Vietnam, Ecuador, India) How – Farm-raised   Back to Product Guide Characteristics Buying frozen white shrimp is a great way to add seafood to the menu and keep on top of inventory – just thaw what you need. We recommend defrosting shrimp in …

Crayfish

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Species Name:Procambarus clarkii Sustainability Rating:Green – Best Choice What:Red Swamp Crayfish are the most commonly farm-raised species of Crayfish raised in the U.S. When:Available year-round Where/How:Where – Louisiana and N. California How – Farm Raised Back to Product Guide Characteristics You can keep it simple with a crayfish boil, or incorporate these tasty crustaceans into soups, bisques, gumbo, étouffée, crayfish …

Eel (Unagi)

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Species Name:Anguilla japonica Sustainability Rating:Red – Avoid What:Eels either collected from the wild and “ranched” or Wild Harvested When:Available Year-Round Where/How:Where – China How – Wild Caught/Net Back to Product Guide Characteristics We do carry frozen Unagi (barbecued eel) ready to use for sushi or other recipes.  It’s a tasty, savory treat. For Your Menu Unagi is a classic sushi …

Crab, Dungeness

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Species Name:Cancer magister Sustainability Rating:Green – Best Choice What:The iconic crab of San Francisco’s Fishermen’s Wharf has long been a staple species up and down the West Coast. When:Available Year-Round Where/How:Where – California, Pacific Northwest How – Wild-caught; traps and pots Back to Product Guide Characteristics With a sweet crab flavor and firm meat, Dungeness crabmeat should definitely find its …

Cuttlefish

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Species Name:Sepia officinalis Sustainability Rating:Grey – Unranked What:Also called Sepia, Cuttlefish is similar to squid When:Available Year-Round Where/How:Where – Mediterranean How – Wild Caught Back to Product Guide Characteristics Cuttlefish are similar to octopus and squid, with a unique flavor and firm texture. For Your Menu Grill or pan fry cuttlefish; since it comes from the Mediterranean why not work with …

Conch

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Species Name:Strombus gigas Sustainability Rating:Red – Avoid What:The Meat from the Queen Conch (a giant sea-snail). When:Available Year-Round Where/How:Where – Caribbean/Bahamas How – Wild Caught/Diver Back to Product Guide Characteristics Conch meat is enjoyed raw (salads, ceviche) or cooked (fritters, chowders). Conch has a sweet flavor, like  abalone or clam, and a firm, crunchy texture.   For Your Menu Conch is considered …