As the state with the second-longest shoreline, it’s no surprise that 84% of the nation’s supply of grouper, pompano, mullet, stone crab, pink shrimp, spiny lobsters, and Spanish mackerel are caught in Florida by Florida fisherman.
South Florida has an ample supply of fresh seafood, but some of the best products can be purchased just South of Oakland Park Boulevard on the East side of Federal Highway at Sea Salt Fish Market.
Sea Salt Fish Market is a full-service seafood market and commercial seafood kitchen. Their retail space provides customers with a variety of fresh and responsibly harvested fish and seafood options along with fresh produce. Nothing is frozen-it’s always fresh. They will also blacken, grill, or fry any of the fresh fish that you want from the display case, so you can get fresh, chef-prepared fish to take home with you on those nights when you don’t feel like cooking.
The commercial kitchen, on the other hand, is where they smoke their own fish and craft homemade dips, sauces, and salads. The kitchen offers weekday take-out lunches as well as daily prepared entrees that are oven-ready. Their executive chef will even prepare custom orders for you and your guests to enjoy at home.
One of their biggest hits is the fish tacos which come blackened, fried, or grilled. Amy Johnson, owner of Sea Salt Fish Market, says their tacos, which are filled with nearly ½ lb of fresh fish or shrimp, cabbage, romaine lettuce, Roma tomatoes, red onion, and two house-made sauces: cumin lime crema and chipotle aioli, have “a kind of cult following and are a fan favorite.” If you order shrimp or Mahi tacos on Tuesdays, your fourth taco is free!
Amy grew up in Nebraska and always loved fishing. Being in a landlocked state, Amy did a lot of lake and river fishing with her grandpa. Then, in her adult life, Amy worked a corporate career that allowed her to travel. She recalls viewing ports and visiting fish markets in countries all over the Mediterranean and Almalfi coast and thinking to herself, “When I retire, I’d like to open something like this.”
Thankfully, Amy didn’t wait for retirement. In December 2017, she opened Sea Salt Fish Market, bringing some of the freshest, not farmed, not frozen, fish to Broward County.
Johnson explains that one way Sea Salt Fish Market is different from other seafood markets is that the fish they are receiving is coming in one day and sold the same day or the next day. Everything they sell is placed on the shelves and sold to customers within 24 hours. “The idea is to keep bringing in fish so that customers get something that was just swimming”, she says.
Not only is the food extremely fresh, but orders can be customized to your liking. While preparing custom orders for customers, the market works hard to minimize product waste. “We do our own butchering so if a customer doesn’t want the tail, we can smoke it and make our own salmon burgers. Our commercial kitchen allows us to minimize waste which is great for animals and great for keeping costs as low as possible.”
Sea Salt Fish Market works directly with local South Florida fishermen and fisheries to provide their customers with the freshest, locally-sourced seafood. They also work with wholesalers and commercial fishermen that responsibly harvest the fish. What more could South Floridian seafood lovers ask for?
Sea Salt Fish Market is located in Plaza 3000 at 3020 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306. The market is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 AM to 7 PM and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM. They are closed on Mondays and the kitchen closes an hour before the market does.
Next time you’re craving fresh fish and delicious eats, be sure to stop in and check out the market.
Cassidy Webb is a Texas native and South Florida transplant. She grew up just outside of Dallas, TX, and moved to South Florida four years ago. She now considers Fort Lauderdale her home.
Cassidy is the project manager at a small digital marketing company and she enjoys freelance writing on the side. In her free time, you can catch her exploring local parks or taking long walks through the neighborhood with her dog, Bella.