Below is a list we have compiled of the top 10 fish and shellfish we can offer you for Christmas 2018. We base our list on 20 years of selling fish at Christmas and what’s the best quality right now!
Every year, we hold a tasting session to review competitively-priced smoked salmon from many smokehouses. The favoured pack becomes our FishRjumpin choice. Good value is essential, but taste and texture are the prerequisites. Our new selection in July 2018, was an easy winner.
Probably the finest smoked fish of all… well worth the rather steep price. Our eel is smoked in the UK. Some people like the delicate thin fillets from smaller eel which will give you up to five fillets per 100g. Others prefer strapping great fillets from large eel – where your 100g pack might contain only half a fillet. So we offer a choice (although we will not always have both in stock). Our eel is supplier is a member of the Sustainable Eel Group.
Scampi is the meat from inside the tail of the langoustine. These grades are rarely seen outside the smartest restaurants and hotels, and despite the prices, peeled scampi is one of our most popular items. The Scottish scampi is unsurpassed. XL size contains about 12 pieces of scampi per 190g pack – that’s around 16 grams each, which is a serious mouthful. Size L (when available) are about 10g each – which is still a huge piece of scampi. Our peeled scampi is unique because we use no glaze (added water) when freezing. We always sell 100% scampi and will never compromise on this. If you like a coated oven bake scampi we also offer great battered scampi and breaded scampi options.
Food of the gods! Also known as crawfish, the rock lobster has no claws, so we sell just the tail. Unless you’re dead set on the visual spectacle of a traditional lobster with claws, rock lobster is the best way to enjoy this fish. About 90% of the weight is meat, whereas in a clawed lobster, you only get about 33% meat. And the meat is much easier to deal with, being in a single substantial piece rather than divided up between the tail and claws. The shell is easy to remove following the instructions included on our label. Our rock lobsters are from the Caribbean, usually the Bahamas or Nicaragua.
Our smoked salmon sides are smoked using Scottish fish. The sides are long sliced. This means they are horizontally sliced from the bottom of the fillet to the top and you will get luxurious 30cm – 50cm slices of smoked salmon. A 1 kg side of smoked salmon will generously feed 10 people. You will be delivered the side of salmon vacuum packed on a gold board. When serving the side cut it from the plastic but leave it on the board, it will make it easier to serve the salmon.
The genuine Morecambe Bay article ready to eat, in clarified butter. The traditional accompaniment is a generous pile of thinly sliced bread and butter and a pot of tea. But you should try tipping a pot onto a very hot crispy baked potato. We have a new contender. It has a slightly lower shrimp content but our taste test rated it at least the equal of our longstanding offering. Fancy something similar but different?… have you seen our potted crab?
Keta is a beautiful, bright orange salted salmon roe – also known as saviar – from wild Alaskan salmon. Its intense taste means you should use it sparingly. Great for garnish and sushi. Keta comes in a jar and is one of our few products which is not frozen (although you can freeze it.) It’s pasteurised, so our stock would always have three months of shelf life and usually a lot more. It’s good for 10 days after opening. We normally have two grades – most people would find the difference between hard shell and soft shell slight, but we like to keep everyone happy.
These prawns from Greenland have been one of our best selling lines for over 20 years. Cooked and ready to eat. We have tasted many cold water prawns and have absolutely no doubt that these are the finest. These are the pink prawns that you commonly fine in prawn cocktails and salads. They are sweet and soft. Our cold water prawns are almost always MSC certified making them a great sustainability choice.
We sell many kinds of white crab meat from all over the world, including from snow crab and king crab. They all have their fans but this fine English crab meat, which we source from Devon and Cornwall, is always the most popular: the big luscious chunks from the claws of good old brown crabs are very hard to beat. Our crab claw meat is hand-picked to order at the quayside in the West Country. This crab meat is cooked, we will only ever sell you cooked crab meat as it has to be cooked to extract it from the shell.
The meat has been expertly extracted then replaced into a cleaned crab shell. You will find cheaper dressed crab, but they won’t taste anything like ours, which contains 50% best white claw meat, and is topped with a peeled claw. The weight specified is the weight of the meat only. Our dressed crabs are prepared by Cornish experts whose only job it is to prepare crabs to order. We are very generous with the prime white claw meat, you will also find white crab body meat and brown crab meat as the base layer in the shell. When you defrost the dressed crab make sure to fluff up the white meat on top before serving.