We’ve all had lobster, flounder, cod, clams, salmon and trout. Been there, done that – right? Well if you’re looking for a bit of a more exciting seafood eating experience, Atlantic Seafood of Old Saybrook, Connecticut has the specialty seafood to satisfy both your appetite for a gourmet seafood dinner and your appetite for adventure. Read on and learn about some of our more unusual offerings of specialty fish and specialty seafood in CT.
First on the list is Scungilli. Scungilli meat comes from a large sea snail in the conch family, with Whelk being the particular strain usually found in the Atlantic waters off the New England coast. Scungilli, while not as well known as calamari or even eel, is still a delicious dining option and has a flavor somewhat reminiscent of squid. It is especially popular among Italian seafood lovers who often dress it up with a garlic-heavy marinara sauce and serve it alongside pasta. Scungilli in Connecticut is most often found on the dinner tables of Italian families indulging in the Feast of Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve.
Another unique seafood option we offer is Wahoo. No, Wahoo is not a search engine. Rather, it is a mild and delicious whitefish most frequently found off the coast of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean and in tropical Caribbean waters. Nobody is exactly sure of how it got its unique name, but the popular belief is that it stems from the fact that this particular fish is often found off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. Externally, Wahoo posses a bright, almost electric blue body with silver sides. The Wahoo is a particularly aggressive fish, with razor-sharp teeth that it uses to pray on other large game fish. The taste of Wahoo is a very delicate one, held in high regard in the gourmet seafood community. In fact, the taste is so good that in Hawaii, Wahoo is known as “Ono”, the Hawaiian word for delicious.
If you’re looking for Red Snapper in CT, Atlantic Seafood of Old Saybrook is the place to go. Red Snapper, as the name would imply, posses a bright red exterior, with deeper read along the top of their bodies. While the flavor of Red Snapper is not as mild as some, it is still delicate and not overly fishy, with an intensity somewhere between Flounder and Swordfish. The Red Snapper is a medium-sized fish, typically weighing around 40lbs. They are also a long-lived species, with some surviving to more than 50 years of age.
If you’ve just taken in one of the Jaws movies and feel the need to assert yourself over the big fish of the world, then you should come to Atlantic Seafood and pick up some Mako Shark for dinner tonight. Mako Sharks are quite large, growing up to 15 feet and sometimes weighing over 1700 lbs. They are ferocious predators, but when filleted and served with butter, they’re no match for a knife and fork. Though Mako Sharks can be filleted, they are often served in “steak” form, much like swordfish and salmon. Their meat is slightly tougher than typical fish and has a slightly more beefy flavor. They are typically not oily, but if you want a milder taste and softer texture, your best bet is to fillet your Mako Shark and marinate it overnight in buttermilk and then coat it in breadcrumbs before cooking.
While some people may be a little fazed at the prospect of eating Octopus, it is actually one of the more mild tasting forms of seafood you can experience. One must be careful in preparing octopus though, because if you don’t tenderize it properly before cooking, your jaws will be in for a workout as it will be very chewy. Since octopus has a mild flavor when served by itself, it is often found diced up in salads with garlic and tomatoes or included in soups. It is most prominently featured in Spanish, Italian, and Greek cuisine and is alternately referred to as Pulpo, and in some cases, Calamari. If you’re feeling adventurous and are wanting a delicious octopus meal in Connecticut, stop by Atlantic Seafood of Old Saybrook and uncover a hidden culinary gem.
Two more varieties of specialty fish that you’ll typically find at Atlantic Seafood are old Connecticut standbys known as Shad and Bluefish. Shad are native to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea and feature a light, delicate flavor. Shad are commonly filleted and fried, but also can be served smoked or baked. In the culinary world, Shad are more known for their roe than they are for their actual meat. Shad roe possesses a beautiful ruby red hue and features a grainy texture and salty taste. Shad roe is highly regarded for its amazing taste and is said to be more mild than caviar.
Bluefish can be found in most any region of the world, but they are especially popular in these parts, with the Clinton Bluefish Festival being a favorite regional event. Bluefish are a smaller fish, with most weighing under 20lbs. The bluefish that are sold commercially for consumption are usually even smaller, typically weighing between 4 and 9 lbs. Though small in size, bluefish are able to defend themselves with very sharp teeth. Bluefish are a true fish lover’s kind of fish, as it they have a darker toned flesh that can sometimes be oily and with a stronger flavor, which true seafood connoisseurs find irresistible. While bluefish are extremely popular among humans, they are also a favorite taste treat among sharks an tuna, who are often enticed by commercial fishermen when bluefish are used as bait.
Now that you know a little more about some of our CT gourmet specialty fish and seafood choices, your stomach is probably growling in anticipation. Stop in at Atlantic Seafood of Old Saybrook and try some of the specialty seafood mentioned above today, and while you’re here, don’t miss out on our other specialty fish and specialty seafood offerings such as Blackfish, Finnan Haddie, Grouper, Smelts, Kippers, Mahi Mahi, Orange Roughy, Sea Scallops, Bay Scallops, Squid, Swordfish, and Yellowfin Tuna.