How Much Does Swordfish Cost?
Swordfish, also referred to as broadbill or broadbill swordfish, is the most widely distributed variety of all billfish found in the Pacific Ocean. A rich source of lean protein, swordfish is typically a first-rate choice for customers with high standards, particularly in the East Coast where the fish brings a premium price.
Due to its superior quality, the swordfish is in great demand in retail markets and restaurants across the United States. A swordfish can grow to be hundreds of pounds, so one swordfish can go a long way.
How much does it cost?
- When purchased either online or at a local fish market, be prepared to pay anywhere from as little as $11 to as much as $24 per pound of swordfish. Typically, fresh swordfish is going to cost a lot more than frozen fish purchased on the web. The cost will depend on the time of year, geographical location and where it’s purchased.
- For example, at Randy’s Paradise Shrimp in Southwest Florida, a pound of fresh swordfish steak costs $22.99, 3 pounds cost $62.10, and 5 pounds cost $97.71. This swordfish is fresh caught off the Atlantic coast.
- Anderson Seafoods in California, on the other hand, offers fresh 12 ounces of swordfish for $28.77 per pound. Frozen swordfish costs $24.78 per 12 ounces.
What is going to be included?
- Swordfish have firm tan-colored meat with a firm texture and rich flavor and can be bought fresh or frozen. Fresh swordfish are typically bought from local boats and docks, are received whole, and then cut off to the bone. The stocks are then delivered to fish markets, restaurants and other businesses. Orders are often sliced fresh off the bone, cut in steak slices, packaged, and then shipped through express shipping.
- Average swordfish steaks purchased on the web or even at a fishery will range from 6-12 ounces.
- Swordfish is nutrient dense, so it can help you meet your nutrient needs while staying within your calorie limits to promote a healthy body weight. Swordfish also contains 20 grams of protein per 3 ounce serving, which will make you feel full faster and for longer.
- Although swordfish contains fat, it is unsaturated fat that can keep your heart healthy. It is suggested that you eat at least 8 ounces of fish per week.
- Swordfish is very high in potassium and quite low in sodium. This can keep your blood pressure in the safe zone and can prevent heart disease and heart attack.
- Swordfish is among the few natural food sources of vitamin D.
What are the extra costs?
- Ordering swordfish online usually entails shipping costs that are often charged at checkout.
- When buying swordfish to use as part of a meal, you will need to buy seasoning and other ingredients required in preparing a swordfish recipe.
Tips to know:
- Swordfish meat may vary from pale to pinkish. An indication that the swordfish is of good quality is when there are thin red blood lines lining the loin or fillets.
- Swordfish is particularly ideal as a grilled preparation, broiled or sauteed. Be sure to cut off the hard, inedible skin before or after cooking.
- According to HawaiiSeafood.org, first-class swordfish tend to have a rich flavor, have high oil content, and boast of a texture that can be equivalent to premium beef cuts.
- The quality of the swordfish can vary to a great extent. The reason is that swordfish boats are usually at sea for varying lengths of time, some staying in the ocean for a few days and others for as long as a month.
- Prices of swordfish tend to be low during peak landings, which run from August through October.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cautions children and women of child-bearing age not to eat swordfish following reports of significant levels of mercury found in swordfish.
- While there are many benefits of eating swordfish, there are also a few negative aspects. First, swordfish is high in cholesterol. It is not, however, over the limit. You should eat swordfish for its health benefits and simply watch the cholesterol you get from other foods you are eating. Second, swordfish contains small amounts of mercury. Eating too much of it can give you mercury poisoning.
How can I save money?
- Volume orders are given wholesale rates. If you have a restaurant, consider placing wholesale orders. Depending on the supplier, the discount will be based on the total order.
- Do not be afraid to purchase in bulk. Swordfish can be frozen and while the taste may not be as good as when it was caught fresh, most casual eaters will not even be able to tell the difference.
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