9 Affordable Frozen Fish Options You Should Always Buy at Trader Joe's

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Fresh seafood isn't always the most accessible thing, and when you're buying the frozen stuff, it's good to go with a supplier you trust. Trader Joe's has an extremely high hit rate in the frozen section, and with prices that are always appealing, it's a perfect grocery store for stocking up on fish.

Is seafood on the menu this week? Here are nine wallet-friendly seafood options from the Trader Joe's frozen section. 

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1. Seafood Blend


Planning a homestyle fish fry along side some hushpuppies and coleslaw? What about big, steaming pot of cioppino? Maybe you're just making some seafood-centric pasta. Whatever you're up to, a trio of calamari rings, shrimp, and scallops is all you need.

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2. Scallops


You'll pay around $20 for the same thing at Target or Walmart, so save a few bucks on these Japanese scallops at TJ. You can sear 'em, bake 'em, broil 'em, or thaw 'em out and get fancy with a crudo. The possibilities are abundant.

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3. Tilapia Fillets


Trader Joe's is undercutting bigger grocery stores again with this price, with tilapia fillets about $3 cheaper than most others.

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4. Atlantic Salmon With Lemon Herb Butter


You can spend $13 on a wild-caught sockeye, which is a pretty decent pice. But, you can also make life easy on yourself and grab a perfectly portioned cut of Atlantic salmon, complete with lemon herb butter. Dinner is now as simple as sticking it in the oven.

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6. Branzino Fillets


You almost never see frozen branzino under $10. Trader Joe's nails it again, with precise 1-pound packages.

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7. Langostino Tails


Langostinos are kind of like a cross between shrimp and lobster, with a taste and physical appearance somewhere in the middle of both of them. Like lobsters, they've got meaty tails that are begging to be sautéed in garlic butter.

frozen raw argentinian raw shrimp
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8. Argentinian Red Shrimp


These raw shrimp are full of flavor, perfect for ceviche or maybe even a cheesy quesadilla. If you feel like spending a few extra bucks, you can upgrade your portion size from 9 ounces to a full pound for $11.99.

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9. Cooked Shrimp

$7.99 - $9.99

The price of shrimp increases by a dollar with each size, with options for medium, large, and jumbo. Maybe you should just buy them all and serve them in increasingly smaller sizes from the bottom up around a big stick, like one of those Fisher-Price ring toys. What a delight that would be.