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where to get seafood in large quantity (cajun seafood boil)

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where to get seafood in large quantity (cajun seafood boil)

always wanted to do a cajun seafood boil and wanted to know where in GTA I can get fresh seafood for a good price
looking for crawfish, various shrimps (tiger, jumbo, pink, etc...), crab.


location: gta


thanks
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You need to go to a genuine fishmonger ... not a grocery store

Here’s a recent list of the TOP 25 BY NEIGHBOURHOOD

https://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2016/0 ... hbourhood/

When it comes to Seafood ... FRESH IS BEST
Hence WHY a good fishmonger is your friend
Nothing worse than old fish & seafood
Ideally you want to go to a place that is flying in their stock every day or two
With high turnover

The guy who says ... “Sorry we don’t have that now, cuz it honestly didn’t look that great”
Is the guy you want to make your permanent go to
Lol, and SOLD OUT / GONE ALREADY ... is also usually a sign of a great place

NOTE - Crawfish might be a bit harder to come by as you are getting towards the end of their season
Available November thru July ... but best are gathered February thru May

So, if you cannot do an authentic Cajun Seafood Boil
You might want to look at New England Boil or a Low Country Boil
Similar ingredients ... seafood, corn, potatoes and local favourites ... crab, mussels, clams, shrimp, lobster
Whatever is best
Then you can just tweak the flavouring via spices
Be that going with Old Bay for something more Eastern
Or Cajun, or Zatarains ... throw in the spicy sausage if you want a more southern edge
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If you got the money bc spot prawns are in season for next few weeks. It’s about $18 a LB here in Vancouver not sure what it is in Toronto but someone mentioned $38 a Lb.
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GangStarr wrote: If you got the money bc spot prawns are in season for next few weeks. It’s about $18 a LB here in Vancouver not sure what it is in Toronto but someone mentioned $38 a Lb.
Wow its $18/LB out west? Must be nice...
I love BC spot prawn.
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UrbanPoet wrote: Wow its $18/LB out west? Must be nice...
I love BC spot prawn.
If you pre order or get in on the limited stock at grocery stores, yes. At the Granville island market they were $28 a lb this past weekend.

I got 5LB coming for Victoria Day I’ll post up in the dinner thread. First time try for me but my buddy claims to be an awesome shrimp cook not that they need much

I believe some members mentioned $17 a LB via some seafood shops
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GangStarr wrote: If you pre order or get in on the limited stock at grocery stores, yes. At the Granville island market they were $28 a lb this past weekend.

I got 5LB coming for Victoria Day I’ll post up in the dinner thread. First time try for me but my buddy claims to be an awesome shrimp cook not that they need much

I believe some members mentioned $17 a LB via some seafood shops
I rip off the shells and eat them raw sashimi style.
I also ate them deep fried with a light batter.
Or just boiled quickly. Lemon, butter.
They don’t need much cooking @ all.

This year my partner is planning to make them in this style

https://www.koreanbapsang.com/ganjang-g ... inated-in/

Sub crab with Bc spot prawn
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UrbanPoet wrote: I rip off the shells and eat them raw sashimi style.
I also ate them deep fried with a light batter.
Or just boiled quickly. Lemon, butter.
They don’t need much cooking @ all.

This year my partner is planning to make them in this style

https://www.koreanbapsang.com/ganjang-g ... inated-in/

Sub crab with Bc spot prawn
Drowning live crabs upside down in acidic ingredients sounds like fun. Why not just rip off the shells while it is alive and dunk it into the sauce instead?
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Like half their seafood, it's frozen, but affordable.

But their selection is fantastic, I've gone there many times for our boils, but if you can afford fresh and if you can get it, do it.
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UrbanPoet wrote: Wow its $18/LB out west? Must be nice...
I love BC spot prawn.
Gotta deal with like 40 person lineups though.
Went to 3 Asian markets in the last few days and lineups were HUGE.
Some places had dedicated spot prawn lines.
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Not sure if OP found their seafood but I was at T&T Woodbine/16th Ave location and saw live Crawfish for like $35/lb. Too rich for me considering there's very little to eat in there. Frozen is much better priced....not sure if they are good though.

For the money, better to do crab, shrimp, lobster clams, etc.
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Live crawfish...pretty decent sized ones at that are $18.99 at T&T Woodbine and 16th location.

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Wow. $19 a lb. I saw another Asian supermarket selling the same live ones at $6.99 a lb ($8.99 regular).

$12 a lb difference is crazy. I sure hope nobody is crazy enough to pay that. That’s even more than the cost of lobster. Lol.

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booblehead wrote: Wow. $19 a lb. I saw another Asian supermarket selling the same live ones at $6.99 a lb ($8.99 regular).

$12 a lb difference is crazy. I sure hope nobody is crazy enough to pay that. That’s even more than the cost of lobster. Lol.

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Really wished there was a Nations store in Markham. Those are good prices.
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gr8dlr wrote: Really wished there was a Nations store in Markham. Those are good prices.
woodbridge location (corner of Weston/7) is not extremely that far from Markham.
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booblehead wrote: woodbridge location (corner of Weston/7) is not extremely that far from Markham.
I'm spoiled with the number of stores here....so that drive is gonna be a rare occcasion. Wished they did open one here though just to create even more competition/choice.
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gr8dlr wrote: Really wished there was a Nations store in Markham. Those are good prices.
Live Mudbugs for $ 6.99
Ya that’s an exceptional price
gr8dlr wrote: I'm spoiled with the number of stores here....so that drive is gonna be a rare occcasion. Wished they did open one here though just to create even more competition/choice.
We have even fewer options in Eastern Ontario for good seafood importers
Let alone Asian Grocers
Vs you all in the GTA

Lol, so indeed you are spoiled with options … and you don’t even have to drive far
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Okay WTF? You guys have crayfish?
Seriously we get screwed in the West. I can't even find unflavored frozen ones...
Although I did find a frozen sack of tails once.
booblehead wrote: Wow. $19 a lb. I saw another Asian supermarket selling the same live ones at $6.99 a lb ($8.99 regular).

$12 a lb difference is crazy. I sure hope nobody is crazy enough to pay that. That’s even more than the cost of lobster. Lol.
Let's face it...ever since Loblaws bought T&T it's been white washed. Anyone that knows better doesn't shop there for actual Asian things. It's too expensive.
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