September 16, 2011

I must confess: I was quite excited when I heard about this month's goal. If I were only able to eat one thing for the rest of my life, it'd probably be some kind of seafood. Truly, that briny sweetness calls to me. I'd happily pass up warm loaves of bread, perfectly seared steaks, and every single sweet if I could get my hands on a fresh Maine lobster.

Unfortunately, my budget says no to my weeknight lobster dreams, because I, like my friend Josh down the hall, try to keep my food expenses low. I try to avoid buying frozen seafood because freshness and quality, I've found, can be hit or miss. And fresh seafood is usually pretty expensive, so most of my seafood eating is at work.

But I've found a few tricks to keep my fish-seeking taste buds happy.

1. Look to shellfish. Shellfish, like mussels and clams, are usually pretty inexpensive when it comes to our other friends in the sea. They can easily be found for around $3/pound in many medium-sized cities.

2. Shop the sales. I bought some super fresh, extra large tilapia fillets the other day for only $5/pound. Since tilapia is fairly lightweight, I got plenty of fish for that pound.

3. Use seafood sparingly. Just a hit of crab on top of a soup, like in Spicy Corn and Crab Chowder, or using shrimp shells to make a stock (look for a gumbo using this method next issue!) can deliver that briny goodness without getting spendy. 

 

For the thrifty eaters out there, I'd love to hear your tips! How do you add more fish to your diet without upping your grocery bill? 

 

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