Summer and seafood are a perfect pairing. Whether you’re grilling garlic clams and shrimp skewers, or cracking into crab legs and lobster tails, you’ll find just what you need for your summer seafood recipes in the Belmar region of the Jersey Shore.
In addition to nearby fish markets, just over the Route 35 bridge is our favorite dockside spot to buy lobster, scallops, and shrimp right off the boat.
1. Klein's Seafood Market
708 River Road
Belmar, New Jersey 07719
Klein's is a fourth-generation family business that celebrated its 90th year of service in 2020. With its prime location along the Shark River, Klein’s is a popular spot for outdoor dining and happy hour at its waterfront Tiki Bar. The fish market at Klein’s sells fresh salmon, halibut, tuna, swordfish, shrimp, and more. Current fish market hours are 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. RELATED: Taste Of Belmar – Sautéed Brown-Butter Flounder Recipe
2. Mr. Shrimp Seafood Market
1600 State Route 71
Belmar, New Jersey 07719
In addition to fresh shellfish, the seafood selection at Mr. Shrimp’s Seafood Market includes live lobsters, lobster tails, raw and steamed shrimp, crab legs, crab meat, calamari, and more. The selection of fresh fish for sale includes Chilean sea bass, fluke, flounder, halibut, tilapia, tuna, and swordfish. To accompany your seafood feast, grab a to-go container of the signature Mr. Shrimp crab dip, cole slaw, honey mustard, or cocktail sauce. They also sell prepared crab cakes; lobster, tuna, and shrimp salad; and bacon-wrapped scallops.
3. Jody and Jodee's Fishery
223 Highway 35 South
Neptune, New Jersey 07753
“Big mussels, great legs and fantastic tails” is the motto at Jody’s Fishery, a family-owned and -operated seafood market that’s been serving the area for over 35 years. In addition to a diverse selection of fresh fish and shellfish, Jody’s sells to-go cooked seafood platters, soups and chowders, hot and cold seafood sandwiches, and more.
4. Jersey Shore Lobster Brothers
100 South Concourse
Neptune Township, New Jersey
In addition to the three markets above, some of the freshest seafood can be bought directly at the docks from Jersey Shore Lobster Brothers.
Grab your cooler and some ice, and head over to Sunsets Marina in Neptune, New Jersey, where people line up to get the day’s fresh catch. Read more about Jersey Shore Lobster Brothers on our blog.
The seafood department at the Whole Foods in Wall Township, New Jersey, is also a great place to buy fresh fish, as is the Shop Rite on 18th Avenue in Wall Township.
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