The Best Fish Market Ever and Uni Toast

The Best Fish Market Ever and Uni Toast

The recipe this week for Uni Toast is super easy so I thought I would tell you a little bit about my favorite fish market.  If you find yourself in the beautiful coastal city of Portland, Maine, you have to visit the Harbor Fish Market.  This is cold water seafood at it’s best and even if you don’t like seafood, I bet you’ll find something here you do like (they sell Rosemont Market’s french bread baguettes at the counter)  If you are a seafood lover, well then…you just walked through the gates of heaven.

The Best Fish Market and Uni Toast

Portland is one of my favorite cities because:

  1.  It’s on the water
  2.  It’s a fantastic walkable city
  3.  It has some of the best farm-to-table restaurants around
  4.  It has numerous top breweries nearby
  5.  It has the Harbor Fish Market…

With all that Portland has to offer, this fish market is pretty much the main reason why I go visit.  Yeah, it’s all that or so much more.  Their selection of oysters is astounding, the scallops are the size of your hand, and the fish is unbelievably fresh.  Like, right outta the water fresh.  Most everything is local to Maine or the New England area and is labeled with the point of origin so you know exactly what you are getting.

Beautiful local whole fish.  See that whole squid in the picture on the right?  If you haven’t had fresh squid, find it ASAP and buy a bunch of it because it’s that good 🐙

The Best Fish Market and Uni Toast   The Best Fish Market and Uni Toast

Oysters galore!!!  We are huge oyster lovers so this is the frosting on the cake for us 😋

The Best Fish Market and Uni Toast

At home, enjoying one of the oysters with with a homemade mignonette (red wine vinegar and shallots)

The Best Fish Market Ever and Uni Toast

Wild Atlantic salt cod and it makes the most unbelievably tasty fritters!

The Best Fish Market and Uni Toast

Huge scallop on the left (yes, that’s my hand, not a child’s) and fresh raw tuna on the right.  If all these pictures haven’t convinced you at this point that this place is the best fish market ever, then it never will.

The Best Fish Market Ever and Uni ToastThe Best Fish Market and Uni Toast

The day we visited, the market had fresh uni (the Japanese name for sea urchin).  I’ve bought it here before in the shell but this time, it was already shelled and ready to eat.  Winning!  uni4

Uni has a firm texture and is normally served raw.  Bite into it and it’s smooth and creamy with a sweet, slightly briny flavor.  I love it.  I ate at least half of the uni raw and decided to make a butter out of the rest so I could slather it on toasted slices of the Rosemont french bread.  YUM!

See the pieces of uni in the butter?  That’s good because the uni will just melt into the bread.

The Best Fish Market Ever and Uni Toast

Uni butter is simple and easy to make: basically you take butter, fresh uni, and a touch of sea salt.   Keep it covered in the refrigerator and use it in place of regular butter over the next– days.  Use it for scrambled eggs, stir it into sautéed veggies, top a grilled steak or seafood, add a tablespoon to cooked pasta/rice/mashed potatoes, or just make some good ol’ bread and butter or in this case…uni toast.

Ain’t nobody got time for counting calories when eating bread, so be generous with the uni butter, my friends.

The Best Fish Market Ever and Uni Toast

Uni makes toast better.  I know it’s a little weird but sometimes you have to try new and strange ingredients.  Also, the uni butter can be frozen, so you don’t have to eat it all at once and you have 3 months to try it out on other foods.

The Best Fish Market Ever and Uni Toast

If you have a chance to pick up some fresh uni, try making some butter and this delicious Uni Toast.  And next time you are in Portland Maine, don’t forget to visit the Harbor Fish Market, or seek out the best fish market in your area.

p.s., feel free to visit their website here to order online and have fresh New England seafood sent to you too.

p.s.s. this is NOT a sponsored post, I just really like love this little fish market 😃

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Uni Toast
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Serves: ½ cup
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted grass-fed butter, softened
  • ¼ cup of fresh uni (sea urchin)
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon Tabasco
  • 1 french bread baguette, cut into 1" slices
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, minced (optional)
  1. Preheat oven broiler. In a small bowl, mix together the softened butter, uni, lemon juice, sea salt, and Tabasco. Spread butter generously on the bread slices and broil until lightly brown (about 1-2 minutes). Sprinkle with chives and serve immediately.
  2. **Leftover uni butter can be frozen for up to 3 months. Wrap tightly in freezer proof plastic wrap or freezer storage bag**

The Best Fish Market Ever and Uni Toast


  1. says

    This place sounds like HEAVEN… that scallop! My jaw literally dropped!!
    Very intrigued by this uni butter… I have my doubts that I’ll be able to find any uni here, but I’ll keep my eyes peeled!
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  2. says

    Girl, I loves me some butta! And then with the uni! I’m in food heaven! Everything looks so good. That scallop is HUGE! Holy moly! You know that Atlantic Salt Cod? Now you are talking my language. Babies are pretty much feed that after being born in these parts. Ok, not really, but salt cod is EVERYWHERE! Have you ever heard of fish-n-brewis? It’s a traditional dish around here with salt cod, potato and fried onion with bits of pork fat. I usually have it once a year and it’s deadly. ‘Ain’t nobody got time for counting calories when eating bread’….story of my life. Ain’t that the truth. Love it! All I need now is a big hunk of that uni toast, a big glass of vino and I’m a happy girl! XO
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  3. says

    I think you know I’m a huge seafood lover, so clearly I NEED to schedule a trip to Portland, Maine immediately! I always get a little shifty eyed when someone calls anything ‘the best’, but the Harbor Fish Market honestly looks like the best fish market ever!! I could LIVE in that place… for realz! <3 Uni toast is genius, girlfriend, not to mention this looks craaaazy delicious! Totally worth every single calorie if you ask me! I don't have a kick arse fish market, so be a doll and send some of this my way. 😉 Cheers, sweets! xo
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  4. says

    I can attest the fresh squid statement, I’ve caught squid and cooked it right away and it is the best! I’ve never tried sea urchin before but the idea of uni butter on toast is pure genius.
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  5. says

    Omg, omg, omg!!!! I am in love! Seriously, I think my heart skipped a beat when I read the title! Uni is one of my all-time favorite foods – tastes like butta! Creating an uni butter for toast is pure genius! I HAVE TO try this! You just made my week girlfriend! xoxo!
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  6. says

    I never thought I’d be interested in trying uni..but you’ve convinced me! It’ll try anything on toast! Great post! Love the photos and I can’t believe the size of that scallop!

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