Watch Cooking Channel

Fishing at the Farmers’ Market

Blue Moon Fish Market

Blue Moon Fish at the Union Square Greenmarket

At the farmers’ market, I usually beeline for the fresh produce — this summer, juicy peaches and heirloom tomatoes in all colors of the rainbow have captured my attention. But after a recent dinner, I am now seeking out the seafood vendors first. Not all neighborhood farmers’ markets sell fish, but if you’re lucky enough to frequent one that does, you can seafood-shop like a chef — just make sure to get there early like they do.

At New York’s A Voce Madison, Chef Missy Robbins is creating tasting menus that highlight the fresh, local and sometimes wacky seafood she discovers on her morning trips to the Union Square Greenmarket, just a short walk from her restaurant.

On the night I dined, the “Mare” menu included three fish I’d never heard of, let alone tasted. Some of them were new to Chef Missy and her kitchen team as well, but she explained that experimentation is the best part of creating these special menus. They often try out several techniques on a new fish before deciding on the best way to prepare it.

Tunny

Tunny prepared by Chef Missy Robbins

Tunny (pronounced TON-ee), which Missy described as a cross between mackerel and tuna, was prepared in the Italian “conserva” style — poached, then confited in olive oil — and served with eggplant, raisins and mint. Triggerfish, a mild, meaty white fish, was a hit at our table — and Missy told us it is becoming one of her own favorite fish. She cooked it lightly in olive oil and finished the plate with sweet end-of-summer tomatoes, basil, sesame and shaved bottarga.

Sea Robin

Sea robin, fresh from the Greenmarket

The species I was most intrigued by, though, was the curiously named sea robin. “Fish or bird?” Missy (@missyarobbins) Tweeted to her followers with a picture of the crazy-looking winged sea creature that morning. On the plate, it was deep-fried in a batter spiked with squid ink. The fish has a delicate flavor with a texture that reminded Missy of frogs’ legs — a spot-on comparison.

Sea Robin

Sea robin fried in squid-ink batter

When I stopped by the Blue Moon Fish stand at the Greenmarket on a recent afternoon, they were all out of sea robin — apparently another chef bought it all up. But as long as you arrive there early, you’ll find a variety of fish and seafood, exotic and less so, all caught locally off Long Island’s North Fork. Smoked shark, anyone?

Blue Moon Fish

If you’re tired of the same old salmon and sea bass, pick up a new fish next time you hit the market. Fishmongers are usually happy to share their wisdom on taste, texture and cooking methods.

“Mare” menus at A Voce Madison will continue through September. Call the restaurant 72 hours ahead to reserve.

Have you ever tried tunny, triggerfish or sea robin? What’s the most unusual fish you’ve ever seen or sampled?

Tags:

Comments (2985)

  1. hattiesburg home designer posted 07/23/2013

    Sites we Like……

    [...] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose [...]……

  2. celexa cost posted 07/23/2013

    Online Article……

    [...]The information mentioned in the article are some of the best available [...]……

  3. AmeriCig posted 07/24/2013

    Yahoo results…

    While browsing google I discovered this page in the results and I didn’t think it fit…

  4. weight loss supplements dr oz posted 07/24/2013

    Cool sites…

    [...]we came across a cool site that you might enjoy. Take a look if you want[...]……

  5. bookkeeper job description posted 07/24/2013

    Superb website…

    [...]always a big fan of linking to bloggers that I love but don’t get a lot of link love from[...]……

  6. vigrx review posted 07/24/2013

    Recommeneded websites…

    [...]Here are some of the sites we recommend for our visitors[...]……

  7. whats my credit score posted 07/24/2013

    Title…

    [...]Every as soon as inside a even though we choose blogs that we read. Listed beneath are the most current sites that we opt for [...]…

  8. reverbnation posted 07/24/2013

    Title…

    [...]just beneath, are numerous completely not connected web-sites to ours, having said that, they may be certainly really worth going over[...]…

  9. adult chat rooms posted 07/24/2013

    The Slave of the Husband…

    In search of forward to finding out extra from you afterward!……

  10. Title…

    [...]we came across a cool internet site that you just may well appreciate. Take a look should you want[...]…

  11. telecharger minecraft posted 07/24/2013

    Title…

    [...]Here are some of the websites we suggest for our visitors[...]…

  12. Title…

    [...]below you’ll locate the link to some sites that we feel it is best to visit[...]…

  13. 3 bedroom house plans posted 07/24/2013

    Superb website…

    [...]always a fan of linking to quality articles that I like but don’t get a lot of link love from[...]……

  14. hattiesburg home designer posted 07/24/2013

    Looking around…

    While I was browsing today I saw a excellent post concerning…

  15. hattiesburg home designer posted 07/24/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    [...]below you will find the link to few sites that we think you could visit[...]……

  16. online storage posted 07/24/2013

    Related……

    [...]just beneath, are numerous totally not related sites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[...]……

  17. wordpress baking themes posted 07/24/2013

    Bored at work…

    I like to look around the online world, often I will go to Digg and follow thru…

  18. free cloud posted 07/24/2013

    Blogs ou should be reading…

    [...]Here is a Great Blog You Might Find Interesting that we Encourage You[...]……

  19. wordpres themes posted 07/24/2013

    Online Article……

    [...]The information mentioned in the article are useful [...]……

  20. team building singapore posted 07/24/2013

    Awesome website…

    [...]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[...]……

  21. Cool sites…

    [...]we came across a nice site that you might be interested in. Check it out[...]……

  22. hattiesburg home plans posted 07/25/2013

    Looking around…

    While I was browsing today I saw a excellent article concerning…

  23. football kits posted 07/25/2013

    Title…

    [...]just beneath, are a lot of entirely not associated websites to ours, however, they may be certainly really worth going over[...]…

  24. plano plumbing services posted 07/25/2013

    Title…

    [...]Every after inside a when we opt for blogs that we study. Listed below are the newest internet sites that we decide on [...]…

  25. biocompatible dentist posted 07/25/2013

    Cool sites…

    [...]we came across a cool site that you might enjoy. Take a look if you want[...]……

  26. youtube plays increaser posted 07/25/2013

    Title…

    [...]Here is a good Blog You might Obtain Fascinating that we Encourage You[...]…

  27. randyrabney.com posted 07/25/2013

    Sources…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]……

  28. homemade remedies for acne posted 07/25/2013

    Title…

    [...]usually posts some quite intriguing stuff like this. If you are new to this site[...]…

  29. plano plumbing services posted 07/25/2013

    Title…

    [...]that could be the finish of this post. Right here you’ll locate some websites that we think you’ll value, just click the links over[...]…

  30. dj na impreze posted 07/25/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  31. Nikita Mossien posted 07/25/2013

    Title…

    [...]just beneath, are quite a few entirely not associated web pages to ours, on the other hand, they may be surely worth going over[...]…

  32. dentist seo posted 07/25/2013

    Read was interesting, stay in touch……

    [...]please visit the sites we follow, including this one, as it represents our picks from the web[...]……

  33. Travelgenio se consolida posted 07/25/2013

    Looking around…

    While I was surfing yesterday I saw a excellent article concerning…

  34. Divorce Lawyers Anoka posted 07/25/2013

    Visitor recommendations…

    [...]one of our visitors recently recommended the following website[...]……

  35. plastic surgery SEO posted 07/25/2013

    Recent Blogroll Additions……

    [...]usually posts some very interesting stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[...]……

  36. check this site out posted 07/25/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here today, so I just took to messing around online and found…

  37. Washington Web Design posted 07/25/2013

    Washington Web Design…

    [...]The data mentioned within the write-up are a number of the most beneficial out there [...]…

  38. Asian Escorts posted 07/26/2013

    Websites worth visiting…

    [...]here are some links to blogs that we link to because we think they are worthed[...]……

  39. Asian Escorts posted 07/26/2013

    Online Article……

    [...]The information mentioned in this post are valueable [...]……

  40. Maryland Web Design posted 07/26/2013

    Maryland Web Design…

    [...]always a huge fan of linking to bloggers that I adore but do not get a great deal of link really like from[...]…

  41. Windows 7 ProfessionalKey posted 07/26/2013

    Windows 7 ProfessionalKey…

    What should I do to my computer to download youtube videos Do you have someone who knows…

  42. plano plumber posted 07/26/2013

    Title…

    [...]Sites of interest we’ve a link to[...]…

  43. Asian Escort posted 07/26/2013

    Online Article……

    [...]The info mentioned in this post are valueable [...]……

  44. fuck posted 07/26/2013

    fuck…

    Google Fucker…

  45. fuck posted 07/26/2013

    fuck…

    Fucking…

  46. fuck posted 07/26/2013

    fuck…

    Fuck Google…

  47. fucking google posted 07/26/2013

    fucking google…

    Fucking…

  48. gEJNwCQd posted 07/26/2013

    gEJNwCQd…

    How to Shop for Fish at the Farmers’ Market | Devour The Blog: Cooking Channel’s Recipe and Food Blog…

  49. WQcZwfAa posted 07/26/2013

    WQcZwfAa…

    How to Shop for Fish at the Farmers’ Market | Devour The Blog: Cooking Channel’s Recipe and Food Blog…

  50. XaZImzID posted 07/26/2013

    XaZImzID…

    How to Shop for Fish at the Farmers’ Market | Devour The Blog: Cooking Channel’s Recipe and Food Blog…

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c