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    Trader Joe's frozen fish?

    I've looked through the threads recommending TJs products already, and saw a few recommendations for TJs frozen fish.

    What I really want to know is what people who have tried the frozen fish really think about it. It would make my life easier if I didn't have to stop at the grocery store whenever I feel like making a fish dish. Granted, sometimes there's no such thing as fresh fish (like when my friends catch it and give me some).

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    Hi!

    I was wondering the same thing recently, and here's what some folks had to say:

    http://community.cookinglight.com/sh...ght=fresh+fish

    It seems like most people are fans of frozen fish.
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    Ive only had mahi mahi and tilapia and both were fine. It is frozen fish so of course it's not the greatest but I do buy it when I'm there becasue it's extremely cheap!
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    I've had the salmon, and it was fine. I like that I can get wild salmon without added color.

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    I can't remember which kinds I've tried, but I have tried 7-8 types and have been impressed with all of them. Their scallops are yummy too.
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    I've tried the salmon filets and the tuna steaks. I thought the tuna was fabulous and the salmon okay and I really like salmon. The salmon filets I got had the skin still on them and I guess I just don't care for that - it kind of turns my stomach.

    I'd highly recommend the tuna steaks.

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    I think their frozen fish is pretty decent. I've tried and liked their tilapia, red snapper, halibut, striped bass, shrimp and scallops. I did get some frozen salmon there that I had to toss in the garbage. Actually, I've tried frozen salmon a few times (from various places) and have never liked it. So, it might not have been "bad" at TJ's---I think I just don't personally care for it frozen. I absolutely love it fresh, though.

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    I think of all the stuff they have, the ahi and the shrimp is the best, but other things are good too. I say, take a "flyer" and try one type, and see what you think. If you like it, try other kinds. I agree, it's AWESOME to have it in the freezer so some busy night you can just pull it out and have a seafood dinner with little planning. And the prices are great. But, some people seem really sensitive and don't like frozen fish, so you just have to try it, I think.
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    I've only had the tuna (the albacore steaks) and they are really good. I usually do the Greek Tuna Steaks recipe from the 2002 CL Annual. Very easy and light. The tuna is very good and I'm pretty picky about seafood. Plus they sell them in packets of two which is perfect for just my husband and me.

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    I buy most of my fish from TJ's, all of it frozen. Just had some tuna the other night (ahi) and had some shrimp later on. If you go for shrimp, I recommend getting it tail on, uncooked, but cleaned and deveined! I also have some albacore tuna, salmon, and swordfish in the freezer, but I haven't given those a shot yet.

    The fish defrost in less than 10 minutes with cold water running directly over the packets, so they're great for a quick dinner.
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    I buy most of my fish from TJ's too. My local market's fish/meat department smells bad, and I'm too lazy to seek out a fish market. I use the tilapia, halibut, mahimahi, snapper, and albacore about once a week.

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    Originally posted by MKSquared
    I buy most of my fish from TJ's, all of it frozen. Just had some tuna the other night (ahi) and had some shrimp later on. If you go for shrimp, I recommend getting it tail on, uncooked, but cleaned and deveined!
    LOL--I just went to TJ's this morning and bought some ahi and a bag of the tail on, uncooked, cleaned and deveined shrimp!
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    I think it's all relative - it happens that where I live, nearly every supermarket has excellent fresh fish. So, mostly that's what I buy, and when I do buy it, I try to use it within 24 hours or so.

    I do buy TJ's fish sometimes for convenience, but I find it's best in a recipe with a lot of sauce, or in a stew or fish tacos, for example. Of course, the shrimp is fine. But if I am just doing a simple grilled or baked fish, I only use fresh, since there's nothing quite like it (around here that is!)

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    Just had to add my "thumbs up" of TJ's frozen fish. I just tried it for the first time last week and was very pleased. I bought the Ahi Tuna and used it to make the "Japanese Barbeque" menu from Rachael Ray's show. Anyway, it appears that the fish is "flash" frozen when caught and vacuum packed. Believe it or not, it seemed much fresher to me than what I buy as fresh at my local grocery store. No smell, very moist, and good flavor. I can't wait to try the other types.
    Christine

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    We had some frozen squid from TJ's the other night. Not so good - fishy smell and fishy taste. We have had frozen salmon and tuna from there, and neither have been too bad, but certainly not as good as fresh (but then again, I buy some good quality fresh fish from Whole Foods and fish markets at the Jersey shore).
    Kristin

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