For many of you this is Lenten season. For many of you it is not. But there is one thing both groups should know. A sort of secret place called Foremost Seafood in Kettering sells the freshest fish in town. With grilling season starting in a couple of months, the timing is perfect for us to share our little know gem once again.
We have enjoyed seafood from all parts of the world and the freshest fish you can get your hands on in Dayton.
What’s this place and why is everyone crazy about place? Let us explain….
HERE’S THE SKINNY on FOREMOST SEAFOOD:
— This little known gem is located at 1904 Woodman Center Dr in Kettering, Ohio.
— Opened in 1983 it is a true mom and pop establishment with two friendly Daytonians at the helm, Tom and Pam Patterson.
— The staff is very knowledgeable and some are trained chefs. They trim the fish with excellent precision, allowing for great eating and grilling enjoyment.
— Foremost Seafood is the seafood supplier for many local restaurants and grocers.
Hours: Tues – Friday 9am – 6pm
Saturday 9am- noon
Sunday – CLOSED
Monday – CLOSED
— Foremost also carries olive oils, seafood spices, seafood and special local sauces
— Seafood ranges from frozen crablegs and frozen shrimp to live mussels, live clams, live oysters, fresh scallops and more.
— Fresh fish is brought in daily. It is bought from 2 day boats which means the boats are only out fishing for 2 days. After shipping to Dayton, these fish are just out of ocean or freshwater source for typically 3-4 days. The fish are kept whole and not cut until you order it. This is done on purpose to stay true to the fish. They go through the trouble to get 2 day boats, so they keep that freshness by not cutting it up and displaying it until it is ordered. Thereby minimizing the deterioration of the fresh fish. The result is the best tasting fish around.
— Our favorite specials from time to time include fresh Carolina Shrimp, and live Softshell Crabs… both a couple of days out of the water. They are definitely “must eats.”
What other suggestions do we have ? …… Here is our MUST EATS !
—THE LIVE SHELLFISH:
Foremost has an amazing collection of live clams. they have different sizes of clams and all are sweet and delicious , and easily steamed at home. Serve them with butter for a heavenly bite. The Cherrystones are the big clams we love best. Also the live mussels are incredible. Cook them in some wine and garlic and you have a gourmet feast for cheap. Like Oysters? Get to shuckin, they have live ones here you can enjoy raw or cook them at home! Get your own order, we won’t share, we are too shellfish for that.
— FRESH ATLANTIC SALMON:
There are numerous types of salmon offered at Foremost Seafood. From Scottish to Atlantic, we tend to buy the Atlantic Salmon. Quick recipe, get a filet, top it with olive oil, oregano, basil and garlic powder. Bake it on 350 degrees for 20 minutes and you should have a meal to talk about for weeks, This fish is the best for grilling in our humble opinion, get it with skin on when grilling and grill skin side down, until the final grill mark flip.
— FRESH RED SNAPPER:
“How’s your snapper maam?” Fresh here at Foremost Seafood! An incredible tasting fish, great for baking, needs little more than olive oil to bake it . The unmistakable scales can be seen if you order the fish with the skin on, which we do. The skin can be eaten or discarded, and acts as a buffer, to prevent overcooking of the fish. Wana live on the edge? Shake some cajun seasoning on that filet and have our own little “hot” party.
— THE BIG BAG OF FROZEN SNOW CRAB LEGS:
It is a party in a plastic bag ! This big bag of crab usaally has 3 or 4 big clusters. Price is based on weight. Two ways to cook these legs 1) steam them in 2 inches of water or 2) bake them at 300 degrees for 15 minutes on a cookie sheet. Melt some butter and get to crackin’. The sweet taste of snow crab can really make any day special.
— FRESH SCALLOPS:
Always ask for the largest ones they have. The price is more, but worth it. The large scallops are succulent and easier to cook. You can grill them or bake them or pan sear them. All three methods are terrific using olive oil, and promise to bring out the sweet juiciness of the scallops. Serve with some garlic butter sauce, and you and your guests will be doing the happy dance.
— FRESH SWORDFISH STEAKS:
This is a nice presentation fish you can impress your friends with. The fish is hearty, so it turns out well on the grill, baked or pan seared. Lemon or fruit flavors pair well when cooking this fish. People who like steak seem to like this fish. The freshness of this fish can be seen in the color of the fish.
— FRESH LAKE ERIE PERCH AND WALLEYE:
In the mood for some Ohio fish ? Foremost is your hook up for Lake Erie Perch and Walleye. These fish are great for fish frys and sandwiches. Pan Sear the Lake Erie Perch and serve like sliders on dinner rolls with tartar sauce. Or deep fry the walleye after dredging it using 2 packages Goldent Dipt all purpose breading and 1 Package Drake’s Crispy Fry Mix.
*****Here are a couple rules of thumb when buying fresh seafood.*****
First off, smell the raw fish you are about to buy. If it is strong smelling it, means the fish is not fresh, dont buy it. You want your fish to have that faint ocean smell, definitely not strong or sour.
Sometimes they have the whole fish on site for purchase. If you are thinking of getting it, note that the clearness of the eyes is a sign of freshness, and the cloudy-eyed fish means it is not so fresh.
Don’t forget Foremost Seafood this Lenten and upcoming Summer. We have two tips when ordering
1) Get there early when you can , like when they open.
2) Call your order into 937-298-1986 in advance to avoid a line.
This Food Adventure feature as all about where to get fresh fish. Take advantage of this special business.WE are lucky to have it in our community.
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