Bluefish is an oily fish on the order of mackerel, and skippy66 loves it smoked but is having a hard time finding it. One issue, says 9lives, is that oily fish is more perishable than leaner fish and it needs a lot of baby-sitting. “Economics plays a role in this. Tuna sells for $20+/lb and is worth spending time/money to keep in prime condition,” says 9lives. “While I personally enjoy eating them, mackerel and bluefish do not command the same high prices as tuna..and often aren’t treated with the same TLC.”

Smoking the fish is an excellent way to preserve it, however. Good local sources include the fish counter at Courthouse Fish Market (“absolutely delicious. just the right amount of seasoning, just the right amount of smoke, not dry at all,” says bear) and Spence & Co. in Brockton. “They also have a mean smoked bluefish pâté,” points out typhoonfish. And Nantucket Wild Gourmet & Smokehouse sells its fine smoked wares in various local spots; see the website for outlets.

Courthouse Fish Market [Cambridge]
484 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Spence & Co. [South Shore]
76 Campanelli Drive, Brockton

Nantucket Wild Gourmet & Smokehouse [South Shore]
1223 Main Street, Chatham

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