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Check Out These Naples Fish Markets and Make Your Own Seafood Night!

Set on the sunny, sandy Gulf in southwest Florida, Naples is a popular vacation destination for travelers the world over – and it’s not hard to see why. This paradise features miles of beaches, hundreds of restaurants, fantastic shopping, world-class golf, and so much more. You can take in a drink at sunset or a beachy breakfast and fill your days with any adventure you can imagine.

But there’s something else this area is known for – fishing. Naples, FL fish markets are one of the best reasons to visit this amazing city, and enjoying fresh seafood in Naples, FL is an absolute treat. Let’s explore some of the best right now. After you read up on them, pack your bags and your sunglasses and browse the best Lely Resort condo rentals and Naples condo rentals to book your stay!

Naples Fish Market

Any list of the best Naples fish markets begins with the Naples Fish Market! This Naples staple has provided locals with the finest quality seafood for decades. You can choose from ocean delights such as tilapia, snapper, and cod, but you’ll also find octopus, tuna, lobster, crab, and more! Ge there early for the best selection, and grab something special to prepare and enjoy your way.

The Naples Fish Market is at 12555 Collier Boulevard, #6. They are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you want more information, give them a call at (239) 307-4500.

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Captain & Krewe

If you’re looking for a place to dine in and enjoy the best of the Gulf waters, Captain & Krewe Seafood Market and Raw Bar is just the place. They provide, “fresh local seafood, simply prepared, in a laid-back atmosphere,” and it’s that promise that has kept locals and tourists flocking to this one-of-a-kind dining experience for years.

Come on in and order a cold beer, cider, or seltzer – or maybe a glass of red or white wine – and then settle into the sampler plate featuring salmon, smoked fish dip, tuna, and seafood salad. Next, dive into king crab, fish tacos, chargrilled oysters, or a tasty cheeseburger or lobster roll. Finish your culinary adventure with a slice of key lime or Mississippi mud pie, and leave as happy as a clam! You can find Captain & Krewe at 629 8th Street South. The restaurant and oyster bar is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., while the seafood market is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Give them a call at (239) 263-1976 for more information.

Captain Jerry’s Seafood

If you want a seed-to-table experience married to one of the best selections of fresh seafood around, then Captain Jerry’s Seafood at Oakes Farms is a great place to try. This place has been doing it right for over four decades, and they have a straightforward rule: Provide the highest quality of seafood at fair prices. This mission, paired with extraordinary customer service and attention, means that locals and visitors trust their quality and integrity.

You can stop in and browse the selection of raw and cooked Gulf-sourced shrimp, shellfish, and more, or dine at a restaurant with seating for 400 people. While you’re there, try some fresh sushi or enjoy an incredible crab cake or delicious lobster roll. You won’t be disappointed! Find Captain Jerry’s at 2205 Davis Boulevard. For hours and other information, call them at (239) 732-0144.

While you’re in the Naples area, you can also visit some of Oakes Farms’ other fantastic stores and grocery locations, including the Oakes Farms Market, the Food & Thought organic, all-natural food market, or the 75,000-square foot Seed to Table Market – a full service social and personal well-being destination.

Swan River Fish Market

Voted to the top seafood restaurant in Florida, Swan River Fish Market is a great experience. They buy the best and sell it fast, and when you walk in, you can see the freshness on display. If you want to cook your own, browse the gourmet fish market selection. Or, you can eat in and relax. Start by dipping crispy onion rings into a smoked fish dip, or enjoy some raw Littleneck clams or cold-water oysters. Order fresh Alaska halibut or Massachusetts sea scallops, then bite into a fresh jumbo lump crab cake. Pair with your favorite beer, wine, or cocktail, and have a culinary experience to remember.

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How To Prepare Your Catch

If you decide to buy and prepare your seafood in your Lely Resort vacation home rental, you can keep a few tips in mind. Don’t thaw it on a counter or in a sink at room temperature if you buy frozen fish. Instead, thaw it in the refrigerator, under cold running water, or in a microwave using the instructions from the seller. Give it a day to defrost in the fridge. Before and after handling your seafood, wash your hands, and make sure the juices from the seafood don’t drip. If they do, clean it up quickly.

Once your seafood is ready to prepare, you may season it however you prefer! Place your fresh fish on skewers with fresh tomatoes and mushrooms and make fantastic grilled kebabs. You can also grill up clams with garlic butter or take pan-cooked fish and place it on a fresh salad. 

One of the best ways to have a seafood feast is a seafood boil with fresh lobster, crab, shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn. Recipes, ingredients, and cooking times can differ, so make sure you do your research and pack your favorite recipes to bring with you so that when you get to the great fish markets in Naples, you’ll know exactly the ingredients you need to treat everyone to the most fantastic fish the world has to offer.