Where To Buy Fish Online

You may not be able to take a leisurely trip to the fishmonger right now to examine today’s catch. But the good news is that the internet exists! We’ve rounded up some of the best places to buy fish online for that sheet pan salmon and clams arrabbiata you’re craving.

We’ll level with you: It’s more difficult to get quality fish shipped to your door than it is to order meat online. And that’s because of a number of factors at play. Although not all farmed fish is bad (we recommend Seafood Watch to learn more about how to be a responsible consumer), much of the fish we stand by is wild-caught using sustainable fishing practices. That means that there’s a seasonality to many types of fish, and just like you can’t get wild ramps in January, you can’t get fresh Dungeness crab in September.

Additionally, no one is interested in shipping salmon from Alaska to Florida via UPS Ground. Sending fish via next-day air comes at a price, which is why many of the purveyors on this list sell in bulk to make purchases more cost effective. Confused about what to do with ten pounds of halibut? Flash-frozen fish will keep in your freezer for months. If you’ve ever frozen fish at home yourself and been less than enthused with your thawed-out fillet, fear not; the fish you’re getting will have been rapidly frozen within hours of being caught, making for much better results. Just make sure you leave time for it to fully thaw in the fridge. Let’s get fishing, shall we?

Fresh Fish and Seafood

Sea To Table
Traceable, wild-caught fish from American waters. Flash-frozen Northwest Halibut, Gulf shrimp, Alaska salmon, Atlantic scallops, and more available a la carte or in subscription boxes. New customers get 15% off and free shipping on orders over $99. You know you can trust because associate editor Christina Chaey uses it to buy fish online.

Lummi Island Wild
Wild-caught, sustainable seafood from the Pacific Northwest. Salmon are caught using a low-impact reefnetting technique traditionally used by indigenous peoples throughout the region. Fish are available portioned or as whole sides, individually or in bulk. Free shipping over $99.

Vital Choice
Wild-caught seafood available a la carte or via subscription boxes. The wild salmon box, which comes with 14 portions, is $129, and shipping is free for orders over $99.

Alaska Home Pack
Monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly subscriptions start at $230 for a 9- to 12-pound box of wild-caught, traceable, flash-frozen Alaskan seafood. One-time boxes also available featuring salmon, cod, halibut, and crab. Family-owned.

An extensive range of seafood—from swordfish to mussels to uni—sourced from New York’s Fulton Fish Market. Free shipping on orders over $125.

Sena Sea
Wild-caught Alaska salmon, cod, and halibut—with flash-frozen and fresh shipping options—from a third-generation fishing family. Free shipping over $99.

Aqua Best
A second-generation, family-run business on Manhattan’s Lower East Side that formerly supplied Le Bernardin and now ships nationwide. Most of the seafood—which is sold a la carte—is sourced by directly contracting with fishing boats in order to ensure traceability.

J&E General
Whole-animal butchers Erika Nakamura and Jocelyn Guest have partnered with sustainable fishmonger Greenpoint Fish & Lobster to offer seafood as part of their subscription meat service. Each $30 box includes a salmon fillet, a cod or pollock fillet, and six shrimp. Delivery to the New York area only. A fave of associate editor Hilary Cadigan.

Browne Trading Company
Fresh seafood—from whole fish to Jumbo prawns to baby octopus—that, in normal times, graces the tables of restaurants like The Modern in New York. Some items are available frozen as well. Offering 10% off for new customers.

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