PJ Stoops' Fishmonger's Booth

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Photo by Robb Walsh

PJ Stoops has a fishmonger's booth at the Bayou City Farmer's Market at 3000 Richmond most Saturday mornings. He told me he lived in Lake Jackson and made the rounds of the docks where fishing boats pull in early in the morning. He buys good-looking fish right off the boat, vacuum packs them for freshness and keeps them cold until you buy them at the farmer's market. His prices are fairly reasonable.

The morning I stopped by he had some great-looking golden tilefish and some small vermillion snapper left. I was looking for a fish to cook on the grill, so I went with the little snapper. I cut three deep slashes in each side and filled them with Cajun seasoning blend, then I put the whole fish on the grill. I cooked some onions and peppers in a cast iron skillet on the grill at the same time. Then I served the fish with fresh flour tortillas, guacamole, lettuce, tomatoes and salsa, Tampico-style.

Look around for Stoops Family Fishmonger's booth at the Bayou City Farmer's Market tomorrow morning.

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