October 24, 2019

Good morning to all of our beloved friends and clients and in today's tumultuous psychological climate I find many folks uttering the sentiment of the great Rolling Stones; "I can't get no Satisfaction, I can't get no girl reaction..." 


What the sushi grade fluke are you talking about Funky Fishmonger!? Well for one I just want to introduce the youngbloods out there to one of the greatest rock bands of all time and let them realize that 90% of the greatest songs have all been written in the 60's and 70's. And also I would like to point out that I believe real Satisfaction is just within the reach of a 12 inch skillet and a fresh piece of fish. For instance, a client of mine just expressed to me that he was so stressed out that his blood pressure was off the charts and his teenage son was struggling in his math class. On top of that his family's conversations seemed only to exist in text messages and the occasional "tagging" on social media. He then shared with me that he had tried one of my recent recipes and was shocked how easy it was for him, not considering himself a bonafide chef. He then proceeded to tell me how it changed his family's dynamics which included, actual conversation among family members and impromptu pow wows in the kitchen when the cooking was happening. He then began singing "I can get some satisfaction..." in his best Mick Jagger impression. Please don't misunderstand me I was not offended by the outright "Corniness" of his intentions but for the love of Cod, this guy was pitchy as all Hake. Fast forward, I saw him just yesterday and I asked him how he was doing. He calmly answered, "Things are about the same but it appears that creating meals for my loved ones is my culinary meditation...my blood pressure is down and my


son still stinks in math but has decided he wants to be a drummer. Thank Cod for Amazon Prime and earplugs." But seriously, for those who are intimidated by preparing fresh seafood please know that the staff at Metro has you covered. We will lovingly provide you with a simple recipe or a full on piscivorous masterclass. And by the way, cooking fresh seafood is a heck of a lot easier that preparing other proteins. And if you doubt that, then ask yourself when was the last time you ordered a hamburger and it came out the temperature you requested....ah...never.  

Now should you want to create two Rocking dishes then turn up the amp and check out today's recipes featuring Seared Shark with a Shallot Cream Sauce   &   Jonah Crab Corn Fritters with a Spicy Lime Aioli. In closing I would like to say "He can be a man cause he does cook the same fish as me, I can get some satisfaction, some satisfaction (it helps if you sing it).



To all of our Beloved Friends and Clients South and West...You Can Experience Metropolitan Seafood At The Stockton Farmers Market Stockton NJ FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL OUR MAIN NUMBER TO ORDER SEAFOOD 908-840-4332 to pick-up at the Market Along with our fresh fish selections we are delighted to announce Metropolitan Seafood will be offering (on Fridays Only) at the Stockton Market Our Classic Fish And Chips As Well As Our Famous Grilled Fish Tacos, Rock Shrimp Tacos...AND $1 OYSTERS FROM 3-5PM...THAT'S A BUCK A SHUCK! ALSO, METRO'S OWN LOBSTER ROLL WITH FRIES...Looks like it's here to stay

Friday 3:00 to 7:00 
Saturday 9:00 to 4:00
Sunday 10:00 to 4:00 

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Rock Shrimp Tacos (2) (Hell Yeah, They Rock!)
Lightly Breaded Rock Shrimp on Flour Tortillas (2) with Shredded Cabbage, Pico De Gallo & Baja Sauce
With our House-Made Pickled Jalapeno Peppers and Onions (on the side)
With a Choice of Soft Drink**

"Whole Belly" Clam Roll (CLAMTASTIC!)
Lightly Breaded Maine Steamer Clams (Whole Belly) With Lettuce, Tomato and Tartar Sauce on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll--With a Bag of North Fork Potato Chips
With a Choice of Soft Drink*

Metro's "Holy Guacamole" Salmon Burger
Grilled Lime Garlic Organic Salmon Burger with Shredded Lettuce, Guacamole and Baja Sauce on a Toasted Roll
With a Choice of Soup*

The "Fishmonger's Favorite" The Fried Whiting Roll #eatgreatcheap
Panko Crusted Atlantic Whiting Fillet with Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Pickle with Tartar Sauce and a Touch of Hot Sauce on a Toasted Soft Roll
With a Choice of Soup*

Metro's Classic Catfish "PO-BOY"
Panko Crusted Wild Store Cut Catfish with Lettuce, Tomato, Sliced Pickle, and Remoulade Sauce on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll
With a Choice of Soup*

Panko Crusted Soft Shell Crab with Hickory Smoked Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Mayo on a Toasted Ciabatta Roll
With a Choice of Soup*

Metro's Baja Snapper Wrap
Corn Meal Crusted Snapper with Mixed Field Greens, Red Onion, Tomato, Avocado and Baja Sauce on a Toasted Ciabatta Roll
With a Choice of Soup*

Grilled Pesto Wild Nova Scotia Halibut Over a Mixed Field Green Salad (with a choice of dressing)
With a Choice of Soft Drink*

Grilled Lime Garlic Sea Bream (Dorade) over Saffron Rice and Black Beans
With the Choice of Soup*

The "California" Grouper "Health" Wrap
Grilled Lime Garlic Wild Yellow Trim Grouper with Mixed Field Greens, Avocado, Tomato, Pickled Onions and Baja Sauce on Lebanese Flat Bread
With a Choice of Soup* 

Grilled Mahi Thai "Pepper Steak" Sandwich
Chili Ginger Grilled Mahi with Pan Sautéed Peppers, Onions with a Sriracha Aioli on a Toasted Ciabatta Roll  
With a Choice of Soup*

Grilled Miso Glazed Black Cod Roll---(Where's my Kimono?)
Grilled Miso Glazed Black Cod (Sablefish) with Tomato and Asian Slaw on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll
With a Choice of Soup*

Grilled Tuscan Spiced Arctic Char Over Our Classic Caesar Salad
With a Choice of Soft Drink**

(For those Folks who love fish eaters but not fish)
A Chicken "Club" Roll 
Panko Crusted Chicken Breast with Smoked Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Mayo on a Toasted Ciabatta Roll 
With a Choice of Soup* 

**Soft Drink Choices for specials Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Water
*Soup Choices- Gazpacho is Back! Manhattan or New England Clam Chowder, Lobster Bisque AND Chicken Rice
All Soups Lovingly Made In-House


Today's Fresh Fish Selections

From the North:  
Cape Bay Scallops (First of the Season)
Sea Bass
Live Sea Scallops (we give a shuck)
Pumpkin Swordfish 
Tautog (Blackfish)
Pollack (Blue Cod)
Fluke (Sushi Grade)
Jonah Crab Meat
Jonah Crab Cocktail Claws 
Day Boat Sea Scallops "Dry" 
Maine Steamers  
Nova Scotia Halibut
Nova Scotia (Hard Shell) Lobsters 
Jumbo Maine Mussels
Baccala (Salt Cod) Needs to be soaked for 2 days
Fresh Squid (AKA Calamari)
Rhode Island Little Necks
Cherry Stone Clams
Top Neck Clams

From the Waters of the World:                  
Mahi Mahi 
Aji (Horse Mackerel) Japan
Renkodai (Yellow Back Sea Bream) Japan
Yellow Trim Grouper
Sardines (Greece)
Anchovies (Greece)
Madai (Japan)
Ahi Sushi Grade Tuna 
U-4 Head-On She Tiger Prawns (Nigeria)
Turbot (Spain)
Dover Sole (Spain)
Carabineros (Spanish Red Shrimp)
New Zealand Green Lip Mussels              
Branzino (Mediterranean Sea Bass)
Dorade (Sea Bream)                                       
Colossal U-6 Shrimp
Cockles (New Zealand)
Wild Caribbean Hopper Pink Shrimp and White Shrimp (3 Sizes)
Brazilian Rock Lobster Tails (4 Sizes)
South African Cold Water Lobster Tails
New Zealand Lobsters Tails 
Squid Ink (Cuttlefish Ink)
Squid Steaks
North African and Spanish Octopus (Large & Baby)
Crayfish Tail Meat
Conch Meat from Belize    


From the South:
Pompano "POMP UP THE JAM" 
Thresher Shark (FLAVOR ATTACK)
Fresh Florida Rock Shrimp
American Red Snapper
Fresh Jumbo Lump Crab Meat
Fresh Lump Crab Meat
Special Crab Meat
Blue Crab Cocktail Claws with Horseradish Sauce


From Sustainable Seafood Sources: 
Arctic Char (Iceland)
Organic Scottish and Norwegian Salmon
Prince Edward Island Mussels
Local Musky Hatchery Rainbow Trout
Large Maine Mussels

From the Pacific Northwest: 
Santa Barbara Uni
Alaskan Wild King Salmon
Black Cod (Sablefish)
Fresh Plump Shucked Washington State Oysters
Jumbo King Crab Legs
Jumbo Snow (Opilio) Crab Legs
Manila Clams 

More Fish coming  in Every Day Please Call for updated Inventory... (908) 840 4332 

Metropolitan's Half-Shell Oyster and Clam Selections

West Coast:

Kumamotos (Ca)
Sunset Beach(Wa)
Totten Inlet (Wa)

East Coast:
Blue Points (NY)
Island Creek (Mass)
Moonshoal (Mass)
Glidden Points (ME)
Highbar Harbor (NJ)
Lucky Limes (NB Can)
Mookie Blues (ME)
Row 34 (Mass)
Village Bay (NB Can)
Wellfleet (Mass)
Aunt Dotty's (Mass)
Ichabod Flat (Mass)
Damsels in Distress (ME)
Jersey Devils (NJ)
Swan Point (NJ)
Spring Creek (Mass)



Maine Steamers
Little Neck Clams (RI)
Top Neck Clams (Conn)
Cherrystones (RI)
Fresh Chopped Clams


Seared Shark with a Shallot Cream Sauce Serves 4
Is this easy enough to make on a weeknight? Hell Yeah. Do your loved ones need to know that? Hell No. Seriously, this dish can be your culinary quill for firing a delectable arrow right into the hearts of the most finicky weekend dinner guests...so, what are we waiting for little chef let's commit some delicious culinary love crimes.

4 Shark Steaks ¾ in thick 6 to 8 ounces each: you could also use Shark or Mahi with great success
2 large shallots, minced
1 cup artichoke hearts, quartered (I used frozen and they came out great...you can also use canned artichoke hearts for this)
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup fish stock or vegetable stock (Metro has both so, this one is covered)
1 cup heavy cream
Salt and Pepper
½ cup of fresh chopped flat leaf parsley
2 tablespoon of olive oil

How it's done
Season the Shark steaks generously with salt and pepper.

In a large non-stick skillet heat the olive oil over medium high heat until it just is smoking. 

Sear the Shark steaks for 4 minutes per side or until almost done; transfer to a warm plate, tent with foil and set aside.

Reduce the heat to medium low heat and gently sauté the shallots for 4 to 5 minutes.

Add the artichoke hearts and cook another 2-3 minutes. Turn the heat to high again and deglaze the pan with the wine and reduce to 1/4 cup. 

Next add the stock and reduce to 1/2 cup. Bring the heat back to medium and add the cream and reduce the mixture until it is about 1 cup (it should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon).

Season the sauce to taste and return the fish back to the skillet with any plate juices. Turn the fish to coat and finish cooking the steaks until they are just opaque when fork tested.

To serve, transfer the steaks to four plates and spoon over the sauce. Garnish with the chopped parsley and get ready for the culinary jury to convict you of killing it in the kitchen.

Jonah Crab Corn Fritters with a Spicy Lime Aioli
Serves 8 for a Stone Cold Party Starter...or just you and me trying to "OD" on Crab

If you are not doing a full on "Happy Dance" over the prospects of heating up some oil and participating in a full on Fritter Fest, then maybe I don't know you little chef...or do I...it's tough trying to keep your feet still when Aioli is playing in your Culinary Jukebox

1 cup of finely chopped Shallots
1 cup of chopped Sweet Red Bell Pepper
1 cup corn kernels, frozen or canned
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 eggs, lightly beaten
¼ cup milk
3 Tablespoons chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons Sriracha Hot Sauce...this stuff is magic heat
1 cup flour
2 Tablespoons baking powder
1 pound of Jonah Crab meat; you could also use Lump/Backfin or even Claw meat
Canola oil for Deep Frying
For the Spicy Lime Aioli
1 cup good quality mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 canned Chipotle Peppers chopped fine

How it's done
For the Spicy Lime Aioli
Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl; mix well and season to taste with salt and set aside in the refrigerator

For the Crab Corn Fritters
In a large bowl mix all of the ingredients expect the Crab meat and Canola oil.

Drain the Crab meat in a colander and pat dry with paper towels and then mix it into the fritter batter

In a heavy saucepan or a small deep fryer heat the oil until it reaches 350° degrees. (Test it by cooking just one fritter first.) 

With a tablespoon, shape fritters into small balls and drop carefully into the heated oil. Using tongs, roll the fritters around in the oil until they are deep golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes.


Remove and drain on a paper bag or paper towel. 

Serve with the Spicy Lime Aioli and know that if you looking for a Kitchen Dance Partner, I am fully versed in the Quick Step and Tango but it's my Foxtrot that will have you whisking for more.


Mark J. Drabich

Metropolitan Seafood & Gourmet
P 908-840-4332
F 908-506-0293
Email: mark@metroseafood.com
1320 Rt. 22 Lebanon NJ 08833



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