Roasted whole fish is often found on restaurant menus, but it isn’t as commonly cooked at home. And that’s too bad, because it can be relatively affordable and easy to prepare, said Stuart Meltzer, owner of the Fearless Fish Market, a new seafood shop on the West Side of Providence.
Rhode Island Monthly
If you’ve never roasted a whole fish in the oven, it’s about time you try it. There’s a new fish market on the West Side of Providence, Fearless Fish Market, and it specializes in selling whole fish, including scup, blackback flounder, mackerel, John Dory and Acadian redfish. Owner Stu Meltzer also stocks whole squid and filets of fluke, John Dory, Monkfish, hake, salmon and more as well as salmon and tuna poke, local oysters from Rhode Island bay and pond growers and Narragansett Bay littlenecks.
Best Sustainable Seafood Market: Fearless Fish
We used to have to beg our local fishmonger to carry species like scup, tautog, monkfish and Rhode Island-raised oysters, but now there’s no question that what’s for dinner came from area waters. Tuesday through Sunday, Fearless Fish lists what it has in stock and where it came from on social media. Browse the shelves for convenient cooking ingredients from the common ginger and lemons to the more obscure Kewpie mayonnaise and Portuguese sardines. Never prepared whole fish before? They’ll take you through it and get you hooked for life.
“I realized that there was a need for a fish market that encouraged confidence, addressed the concerns people have about environmental issues and contamination and generally helped customers become more knowledgeable,” he said. “I care a lot about how food impacts our health and the health of our environment. I believe very strongly in fish as a healthy food source and one that is environmentally low impact.”
Laden with local seafood, the cases at Fearless Fish Market offer a peek at what’s swimming in the waters off Rhode Island’s coast. Wild striped bass, bluefish, scup, sea robin, jumbo black bass and squid, all caught by Point Judith boats, are regularly on ice at the market.