View Full Version : Trader Joe's Fish?
04-05-2005, 02:06 PM
I've never had any of TJ's fish and was wondering if it is worth buying? The prices look really great. Any favorites?
04-05-2005, 02:52 PM
Depends on what your standards are :)
I'm not a fan of the frozen fish but I have friends who are okay with it. I will buy the skinless salmon filets in the refrigerator section and they are at least as good as the ones that are sold in my supermarket. I had some of their "fresh" swordfish last week and it was edible but not divine.
That said, I can really taste the difference between the TJ fish and the really fresh fish I buy at a speciality fish market/the Asian market I frequent or some of the upscale stores in my city - Whole Foods, Gelsons and Bristol Farms -- the prices reflect that quality -- except for the Asian market which is even cheaper than TJ's but where else can you pick out your live fish. :D
That said, TJ's fish is about as good as most supermarket fish and the price is generally cheaper. I do like their frozen uncooked shrimp.
04-05-2005, 05:21 PM
I've bought the frozen shrimp, scallops, halibut and tilapia and been very happy with everything. Just depends on what your standards are, like Blazedog said... Mine are right there with TJ's!
04-05-2005, 05:50 PM
I have also bought the talapia and the fillet of sole, and halibut. DH refuses to each fish, so I hardly ever buy it!
04-05-2005, 06:41 PM
I really like the frozen wild Alaskan Salmon. To get non-farm raised salmon at the grocery store is almost cost prohibitive and it is very reasonable at TJ's!
04-05-2005, 08:09 PM
I've never had any problem with TJ's fish. I believe it's initially flash-frozen quite soon after it's caught, so it should be pretty "fresh." Since I don't always cook fish within a day or two of buying, TJs serves me best.
That being said, it really can't beat a good fishmonger, as long as you know his/her inventory is fresh. I personally cannot stand supermarket fish; I've never had a good piece of fish from a traditional supermarket and basically refuse to buy it there anymore. Whole Foods is an exception, but our local fishmonger is closer and cheaper than the nearest Whole Foods.
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