Who Needs Farmed Shrimp?

Saturday, August 23, 2014


In the wake of The Guardian’s investigation into slave labor in large scale shrimp farming, it seems a better time than ever to commit to knowing exactly where your seafood comes from.  We’ve written many times here about how lucky Philadelphia area consumers are to have the likes of Otolith, Ippolito’s and Shore Catch, purveyors that either catch their own product or provide a scrupulous account of its provenance and sustainability.  Our proximity to the Atlantic Ocean means access to a vast variety of freshly caught options as well.  H and H Seafood, located just outside Cape May, offers such a diversity from their own small boats that we visited three times in one week on a recent vacation, never eating the same thing twice.  One night we brought home triggerfish, once considered “trash fish” not worth even hauling in, and grilled it with herbs sandwiched between the fillets.  It not only had a meaty texture, it also soaked up the flavor of both the grilling and the herbs as well as any meat.  The lobster above came steamed for us as requested, which we ate with boiled new potatoes from the Fincas Del Mar CSA box and grilled corn from our garden.
Both Otolith and Ippolito’s offer delicious varieties of wild and sustainable shrimp to keep you away from those questionable bags at the supermarket, but why not try the literal ocean of new and familiar seafood just an hour away?

Posted by Donna on 08/23 at 08:32 AM

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