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New England waters are loaded with all types of delicious fish. Depending on the time of the year, you may be able to get a great deal on fresh swordfish or tuna. If you are having a fish fry pick up some haddock or cod. Restaurants and fish markets carry many of the same types of fish, but as a chef you can get creative with the cooking styles, marinades, sauces, stuffings, toppings, and side dishes!

Some of the most popular New England fish are highlighted below:

Haddock: Fresh Atlantic haddock can be purchased year round and is probably New England's most popular fish. Haddock is described as a white, flaky fish. The most common cooking styles are broiling and frying. Many restaurants will serve broiled haddock with a breadcrumb topping or use it for fish and chips. Recommended recipe: Wrap a fresh haddock filet around some fresh crab stuffing.

Cod: Cod is similar to haddock in that it is a white, flaky fish and often used in fish and chips. However, Cod has become more scarce over the years and can be more expensive than similar whitefish. Recommended Recipe: Whip up a thick beer batter and fry your cod filets. Sprinkle rock salt on top, and serve with spicy fries and a dark beer.

Salmon: Salmon is a very popular fish on both the east and west coast of the U.S. It is considered a more oily fish, and is often smoked, grilled, or eaten raw as sushi. There are several species of salmon which are reflected in the price. Also, salmon is a commonly farmed fish as opposed to line caught or caught with nets. Recommended Recipe:Fresh, line caught Atlantic Salon steaks brushed with olive oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and cooked on a hot grill.

Swordfish: Swordfish is caught in every major ocean and considered a great summer New England treat. Described as a tougher, more oily fish, swordfish is easy to cook on the grill because it doesn't easily fall apart. Besides grilling, the fish can be easily cut into smaller pieces for kabobs or broiled swordfish tips. Recommended Recipe: Use a lemon/butter marinade on your steaks and cook on the grill.

Tuna: Tuna is one of the world's most popular fish. It swims in most oceans and comes in several species. Bluefin Tuna, one of the most favored species, has fetched over $100,000 at auctions in Japan. Albacore Tuna, or white tune, is canned and purchased by millions of households each year for tuna salad and tuna fish sandwiches. Yellowfin tuna, or Ahi, is a favorite at sushi restaurants. Tuna is probably prepared in more ways than most fish, from salads to sandwiches to sushi and grilled steaks. Recommended Recipe: Pan sear each side of a fresh piece of yellowfin tune. Drizzle with a wasabi soy sauce. Add fresh ginger on the side.