fish - Intro

I live in southern New Mexico, in the northern part of the Chihuahua desert about 1000 miles from the nearest ocean. There aren’t many fish in the desert. Understandably, the majority of the rather limited seafood supply here is frozen, and a lot of that is farm-raised to boot. All in all, it is not a very encouraging situation to put fish on the menu. Quite a difference with living oceanside with a fish market right around the corner But occasionally, I do give in to the temptation.

The local grocery store Peppers and Walmart both carry some frozen seafood. The choice in the Las Cruces, NM Sam's Club tends to be a bit more varied.

Luckily enough for me, there are also online suppliers for fresh and/or frozen seafood. The disadvantage of that is of course is having to buy in bulk and to pay extra shipping cost as well, which makes this a fairly costly venture. But sometimes that is the only way to get that seafood to the New Mexico desert. So far I have purchased Alaskan sockey & king salmon, Northern pike, lake & rainbow trout, smelt, perch and walleye through online orders.

There has been a lot more indulgence of that seafood temptation… :-)


These are the fish I have prepared / eaten since 2013.

Name Description
A good-sized fish with a common market weight of 10-20 lbs. It is a very popular fish with flesh that is white, firm and flaky when cooked. Available here as frozen steaks 4-8 oz. and breaded bricks for deep-frying.
World's largest flatfish, up to 400 lbs. Firm white meat
A small fish that lives in huge shoals. It is an important food fish that played a major historical role in Europe. Available here canned or pickled.
A rather oily fish. Canned, occasionally smoked.
A predatory fish, wild-caught. Frozen online order only.
A family of migratory fish. They are a very popular food fish with firm flaky flesh that varies from cream to deep red in color. King salmon is the biggest and most expensive. ($30?lb. in 2018)  Wild-caught sockey the most frequent. I mostly avoid farm-raised Atlantic salmon, except when cold-smoked.
tiny fish. Canned only.

Available frozen steaks 4-8 oz.
Available frozen steaks 4-8 oz.

A tiny sweet water fish. Online, frozen.
A smallish sweet water fish, very popular in fish farms. Available fresh fillets,  frozen fillets and whole. Farm-raised.
Available frozen, whole. Online frozen fillets. Farm-raised.
A most popular fish. Available canned, frozen steaks 4-8 oz.
A smaller sweetwater fish. Online frozen, wild-caught.



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chapter 3.1. fish

  1. cod

    1. oven-baked cod loins
    2. steam-roasted cod fillets
    3. olive tapenade fish salad
    4. fish sticks with zucchinis
    5. fish & chips
    6. green chile cod
    7. cod & double shrimp stew
    8. braised cod with tortelloni
  2. halibut

    1. Italian halibut
    2. halibut & seafood stew
  3. eel

    1. paling in 't groen
    2. jellied eels
    3. smoked eels
  4. herring

    1. pickled herring in cream sauce
    2. herring in mayonnaise
    3. pickled herring pizza
    4. pickled herring soup with bean sprouts
    5. pickling herring at home
  5. lake perch

    1. beer-battered lake perch
  6. lake trout

    1. lake trout baked in oil x2
    2. lake trout with bacon
  7. mackerel

    1. smoked mackerel
    2. canned mackerel
  8. mahi mahi

    1. mahi mahi with broccoli stoemp
  9. Northern pike

    1. pan-fried northern pike
    2. Spanish-fried pike in hot sauce
    3. braised northern pike
    4. northern pike in parsleyed butter sauce
    5. northern pike in oyster juice
    6. seafood soup with northern pike
  10. pollock

    1. surimi fake crab
  11. rainbow trout

    1. stuffed almond trout
    2. oven-baked whole trout x2
    3. truite au bleu
    4. oven-baked fillets x2
    5. pan-fried fillets x3
  12. salmon

  13. sardines

    1. canned sardines
  14. shark

    1. seared shark steak
  15. smelt

    1. deep-fried smelt
  16. swordfish

    1. seared & braised swordfish
    2. swordfish salad
  17. tilapia

    1. pan-fried tilapia
    2. tomatillo-smothered tilapia
    3. tilapia in tomato sauce
    4. ceviche de pescado
  18. tuna

    1. tuna steak x3
    2. tuna with shrimp
    3. canned tuna
    4. tuna salad
  19. walleye

    1. pan-fried walleye
    2. oven-baked walleye
    3. walleye in parsleyed butter sauce