A cross-section of a whole wild-caught whiting, seasoned and pan fried in olive oil, needs only a shower of fresh lemon juice. The meaty whitefish flakes beautifully when you break it apart with a fork.
At H Mart in Little Ferry on Sunday, I bought a 6.2-pound whiting for $3.99 a pound, and asked the fish-counter worker to clean the fish and remove the head. With a central bone, whiting is one of the easiest fish to eat whole.
By VICTOR E. SASSON
An abundance of fresh wild-caught seafood -- from luxurious lobster to the humble whiting -- made it easy for me to give up meat and poultry more than six years ago.
If you shop at Costco Wholesale in Teterboro or at H Mart and other Korean supermarkets, you can usually find fresh whole fish and fillets for less per pound than grass-fed beef.
Two other pluses:
Fish takes less time to cook than beef, pork or poultry, and it's good for your heart.
Seafood is the main act in my diet of whole grains, fruit and vegetables, and extra-virgin olive oil instead of butter.
Unusually large red snappers were $6.99 a pound at H Mart, 260 Bergen Turnpike, Little Ferry.
|A dinner of leftovers doesn't get better than this.|
I paid $1 extra for oysters in my soft-tofu soup, which is bubbling furiously when it comes to the table, allowing you to poach one of the fresh eggs provided.
Every meal at BCD Tofu House, 1640 Schlosser St. in Fort Lee, includes a small fried yellow croaker and six other free side dishes, plus seconds.
Crushed red Aleppo pepper, from Fattal's, 975 Main St. in Paterson, lends a mildly spicy accent to egg and fish dishes.
|A pound of pre-washed Organic Baby Spinach was $4.79 at Costco.|
I keep a tub of Asian Indian and other spices in the refrigerator for coating fish, chicken, pork and beef.
|Kirkland Signature Bail Pesto from Costco.|
As if to drive home the message that fresh fish is best, a frozen mahi-mahi fillet from Costco Wholesale was tough and chewy after I cooked it with garlic, fresh tomato and sweet pepper in an aluminum pouch.
|This afternoon, I bought nearly 2 pounds of wild raw Jumbo Shrimp, on sale for $14.99 a pound, at Whole Foods Market in Paramus, where you'll find the best seafood counter in northern New Jersey, below.|
|A Whole Foods' employee gladly deveined my shrimp, which I plan to prepare tomorrow with the store's 365 Everyday Value Organic Whole Wheat Linguine in garlic and oil ($1.49 for a 1-pound box).|