Best Seafood to Eat in Florida
By: David Conway
We get a lot of questions at Florida Sportsman about the best seafood to eat in our home waters of Florida, and we have a lot of discussions – many of them heated over the coals of a grill – about what’s the best kind of grouper, or snapper or good ways to prepare kingfish or what fish are good eaten raw. But here are the final answers – the very best eating Florida seafood, fish and shellfish, each of them worth tracking down and catching yourself.
But first, a couple of caveats: the quality of a cut of fish has as much to do with its handling, freshness and preparation as it does with its kind. The table quality of the fillet drops off a bit after 24 hours in the fridge, and after three days, it’s really not considered fresh anymore by Florida fishermen standards – though still fine to eat. Secondly, there can be variation in the quality and taste of certain species, maybe depending on what that individual has been eating, maybe its age, maybe the circumstances of its catch. For instance, most mutton snappers I’ve eaten have been excellent – certainly a fish worth seeking out fresh if you haven’t tried it – but there have been those muttons that just tasted off – both in flavor and texture.
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