The only thing better than cooking fish that you caught yourself is selecting seafood that was pulled out of the ocean hours before you’re ready to cook it! Newport offers the freshest fish available anywhere, and we’ve put together a guide to where you can source all of the delicacies that we harvest. These suggestions will have you buying fish straight from the source like a seasoned local!
Newport’s fish markets offer a variety of locally sourced salmon, lingcod, rockfish, halibut, tuna, Dungeness crab, shrimp, clams, and oysters. The variety of seafood available in the markets will depend on what kind of seafood is in season, how much was caught that day, and how much is left in stock when you get there.
Fishmongers at the markets will be able to answer all of your questions about what to buy, they might also have some suggestions on how to prepare specific fish and may even have recipes for you to try. Fish Peddler’s Market, Local Ocean Seafoods, South Beach Fish Market, and Ocean Bleu Seafoods are all excellent local fish markets and are ready to supply you with fresh seafood.
Shop at the Docks
In addition to fish markets, Newport also offers the unique opportunity to buy fish directly from fishers right off the docks in the Historic Bayfront and from specific boats in the South Beach Marina. Chelsea Rose and Del’s Fresh Seafood are regular vendors and can often be found down in the Historic Bayfront on the docks.
When you go down to the docks, look for signs that advertise fish for sale, and make sure that you bring some cash with you, as many fishers only accept cash payment. The minimum amount that you can buy is one fish, so plan to freeze or share portions that you won’t be eating right away. For a small fee, most fishers will clean the fish for you or refer you to someone nearby who will.
For more information about buying fish off the docks, visit the Shop at the Dock program from Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon State University.