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Finding The Best Seafood in Seattle

Posted on | August 24, 2011 | Comments Off on Finding The Best Seafood in Seattle

Article by Marie K

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, the search for the best seafood in Seattle is one that’s bound to take a little time. With so many seafood restaurants in Seattle offering everything from simple steamed clams to elaborate fish dishes, choosing a favorite isn’t always easy.

Seattle’s Seafood CultureSeattle has long has a robust commercial industry; one that is vital for Seattle’s economy and an important part of its heritage. Surrounded by chilly waters of the nearby Pacific Ocean, markets and restaurants are able to purchase the freshest and highest quality seafood directly from fishing boats at the local docks. If you’re a local and prefer to eat at home, the best seafood in Seattle can be found right at the Port of Seattle.

Seattle also has one of the largest and most diverse Southeast Asian populations in the United States and Asian culinary traditions are carried through in many seafood dishes here. Using the many spices, herbs and ingredients native to Asian cuisine such as curry, cilantro, coconut milk, wasabi, noodles and rice, the Asian Fusion seafood scene is booming. And of course, there is sushi. Where better to expect the freshest sushi around but in Seattle.

Seattle’s Seafood: Local Means Healthy and FreshIn our search for the best seafood in Seattle, we conclude that freshness is the most important key element in any seafood dish. When in comes to seafood, Seattle has the natural advantage of being located near clean, cold ocean waters.

Seattle is well known for their local Wild Northwest Salmon, including Chinook, (King) Sockeye, (Red) and Coho. (Silver) Whether you enjoy a gourmet culinary Salmon experience, prepared by one of Seattle’s well known, creative, chefs or cooking it on a cedar plank on your grill at home, fresh Salmon in Seattle is to die for. Alaskan Halibut, Tilapia, Cod, Snapper, Sole, Rockfish, Marlin, Swordfish, Yellowfin Ahi Tuna, Catfish, Trout, Sea Bass and Buffalo fish are also popular local catches and clearly contribute to the wide array of menu choices, putting Seattle of the map for their seafood.

Something for Everyone?Some claim they’re not really ‘fish’ people. While you will find a number of fine steakhouses in the Seattle area, we would like to guide you to another option that we believe will leave you begging for more. We certainly take pride in our region for its high quality fish, we have to admit that our Northwest shellfish is like no other. Seattle is one of the largest oyster producing regions in the world, harvesting all four types and more than 60 varieties of oysters. Shrimp, clams, mussels, scallops and Dungeness Crabs are all found in abundance, as well.

Seattle is fortunate to have many, many markets that provide fresh ingredients for our seafood creations. Whether your seafood’s grilled, fried, broiled, served with a sauce, surrounded by puff pastry or in a pasta dish, in Seattle, it’s all good.