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Best tasting whole fish?

  • 01-08-2014 10:10pm
    Registered Users Posts: 278 ✭✭

    I am new to Ireland. I want to buy the best tasting fish in Ireland. I need a whole fish and want the shop person to cut into pieces across. So which is the best tasting fish(salmon etc.) which I can get in Dublin and can I get the whole fish? Thanks.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,905 ✭✭✭✭CJhaughey

    Its too subjective to say which is the best tasting fish in Ireland.
    We have a wealth of seafood here and some seasonal fish like Tuna which some people like and others don't.
    Its probably best for you to get a sampler of all the different types of fish, John Dory, Salmon, Haddock, Hake etc and see which suits you best.
    It will depend on how you cook the fish as well.

  • Registered Users Posts: 28,403 ✭✭✭✭vicwatson

    IMO Sea Bream cooked whole is tres magnifique

  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 9,994 Mod ✭✭✭✭sullivlo

    Sea bass whole are immense BBQ'd / steamed / oven baked.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,104 ✭✭✭Swampy

    Sea trout ain't too shabby.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,905 ✭✭✭✭CJhaughey

    Both Bream and Bass are imported, Personally I'd rather buy Irish fish than imported farmed fish.
    Maybe its just me but its like coals to Newcastle buying imported fish here when we have such as amazing variety just off our EU's shore.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,513 ✭✭✭foodaholic

    Have you tried mackerel - oily fish.
    Love it and it's very cheap

  • Registered Users Posts: 278 ✭✭kevincool

    Thanks all. I have just tried salmon until now. I will try others from now on. Going to howth for sightseeing on Sunday, so will buy some nice fish over there.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,383 ✭✭✭h2005

    Hard to beat fresh mackerel. Ling is pretty good too.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,414 ✭✭✭Awkward Badger

    Nice bit of pan fried Lemon Sole.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,574 ✭✭✭Kat1170

    Mackerel, Hake and Ray would be my favourites.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 74 ✭✭CaptainAhab

    For me it is fresh mackerel.. the most important factor is the freshness IMO however so if you can get it straight off the docks and cooked on the pan within the hour it will be amazing!

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,779 ✭✭✭Carawaystick

    Gurnard is a big impressive fish, but you only get 2 small fillets off it, but they are tasty

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,574 ✭✭✭Kat1170

    Forgot to mention Whiting. When fresh it's hard to beat.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭Curry Addict

    Black sole or Halibut are top of the fish pile :pac:

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,925 ✭✭✭aidan24326

    In terms of flavour probably Halibut or Monkfish. Both are pricey though.

    For a fish that is relatively cheap and delicious if you get it fresh I'd go +1 for mackerel. An underrated gem.

    And be sure to try seatrout, it's a fish that is similiar to salmon in appearance and texture but is nicer than salmon (in my humble opinion anyway, others may not agree).

  • Registered Users Posts: 14 Ark rose glenn

    Black sole is tops

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,996 ✭✭✭✭duploelabs

    Really surprised people mentioning monkfish as a fish you'd eat whole, best of luck with that. My vote goes to Black Sole, with an honorable mention to Whitebait, which you eat literally whole (I though I did see one diner trying to fillet one when a bowl full was served to him)

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 12,449 ✭✭✭✭pwurple

    Fan of Sole here too, although I've cooked a whole turbot once and it was unbelievably good. One of the best meals we've ever had.

    It really is all down to the freshness.... That turbot was caught that morning and I was eating it a few hours later.

    Mackeral this time of year are very best when you catch them and stick them straight on the bbq at the beach.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 8,057 ✭✭✭MissFlitworth

    duploelabs wrote: »
    Really surprised people mentioning monkfish as a fish you'd eat whole, best of luck with that.