How to Buy Seafood

Price Chopper purchases the highest quality seafood from around the world - from Canada, New England, Alaska and the Pacific Northwest to Central and South America, and even Asia, New Zealand and Australia. We expect the best from our suppliers and our buyers travel the globe to find the highest quality seafood for you.

With a little help from your Price Chopper Seafood Department, you can learn more about selecting seafood and find the freshest and most flavorful options for your needs.

Fresh Caught Seafood

Fresh Caught Seafood

Today's state-of-the-art technology is often used to freeze a fresh catch. The process, known as "flash freezing," ensures superior freshness and flavor. Freshly caught seafood is frozen on ship to temperatures of -60 F and then processed into fillets or steaks. Once thawed, the flavor and freshness is identical to freshly caught.

Farm Raised Seafood

Farm-Raised Seafood

Fish farming, also known as "aquaculture," is a growing source of seafood. Much of the seafood consumed today is farm-raised. Farm-raised fish live in the cleanest of waters, and their diet is scientifically formulated for flavor and texture. Processing of farm-raised fish is extremely quick and reliable, ensuring freshness and quality. At Price Chopper we offer a large variety of farm-raised seafood.

How You Should Buy Seafood


Buying fresh seafood is easy as long as you know the characteristics that indicate seafood freshness. Always look for the following:

  • A fresh, sea breeze aroma.
  • Steaks and fillets with firm, elastic flesh that springs back when gently touched and that retains true color (e.g. haddock-white, salmon-orange).
  • Clams, mussels and oysters with tightly closed shells. (If shells gape slightly, tap with a knife. If they don't close, discard.)
  • Shucked clams, mussels and oysters that are plump. Make sure the liquid is clear and slightly opalescent.
  • Live lobsters and crabs should show leg movement and lobster's tail should curl tightly under its body when picked up.
  • Shrimp should be firm and moist, with translucent shells.


How Much Should I Serve My Guests?


Fillet 3-6 oz. per person
Raw Shrimp 4-6 shrimp per person
Cooked Shrimp 6 oz. per person
Clams 1 dozen per person
Mussels 8 oz. per person
Shucked Oysters 3-6 oz. per person
King/Snow Crab Claws 6-8 oz. per person
Live Lobsters 1 1/4 lbs. per person
Bay Scallops 3-6 oz. per person


A Quick Note on Buying Shrimp

A Quick Note on Buying Shrimp

Count is a measure of size. It refers to the approximate number of shrimp in a pound--so the larger the count number, the smaller the shrimp. Learn More About Shrimp

Leave the Cooking to Us!

Leave the Cooking to Us!

Price Chopper's seafood department will be happy to steam or fry your seafood purchase at no extra charge. We'll prepare your order while you wait or while you shop, or if you phone in your order we'll have it ready when you arrive.
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