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Discover the Delightful Monterey Bay Sand Dabs

A Local Catch with a Unique Taste

One of our favorite catches from the Monterey Bay is the Sand Dab. These small flatfish are known for their delicate texture and mild, sweet flavor.

What are Sand Dabs?

Sand Dabs are a type of flatfish found in the Pacific Ocean along the West Coast. They are most commonly found in the waters of the Monterey Bay, where they are a popular catch for local fishermen. They are a member of the flounder family and are typically 6-8 inches in length. The fish get their name from the sandy ocean floor where they live and feed. The fish are often caught near the bottom of the ocean, and they are known for being a challenging catch due to their elusive nature.

Sand Dabs have a mild, sweet flavor and a delicate texture. Their flesh is white and flaky and pairs well with a variety of seasonings and sauces.

They are a popular choice for grilling or pan-frying and are often served with lemon and butter. The meat is tender and moist, making it perfect for a wide variety of dishes.

Sand Dabs are a popular choice for chefs and home cooks alike, and their unique flavor and texture make them a popular choice for seafood lovers. They are a versatile fish that can be used in a variety of dishes, from simple pan-fried fillets to complex seafood stews.

How are Sand Dabs caught?

We use sustainable fishing practices to catch our Sand Dabs. We use small trawlers to catch the fish, which helps to reduce the impact on the ocean floor. Our Sand Dabs are caught in the cold, clear waters of the Monterey Bay, which helps to give them their unique flavor and texture.

The fishing season for Sand Dabs in the Monterey Bay is generally from November to March, although the fish can be caught year-round. The fish are caught using a variety of methods, including handlines, bottom trawls, and gillnets. The fish are usually caught at night when they are most active, and the boats return to shore with their catch in the early morning.

Cooking Tips

Sand Dabs are a versatile fish and can be prepared in a variety of ways. They are often grilled or pan-fried and are delicious when served with lemon and butter. They also pair well with garlic, herbs, and other seasonings. For a healthy option, try baking your Sand Dabs with a mix of vegetables for a flavorful and nutritious meal.

One popular way to prepare Sand Dabs is to bread and pan-fry them. To do this, first, dredge the fish in flour, then dip them in a mixture of beaten egg and milk. Coat them in a mixture of breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper and fry them in a pan with butter until golden brown. Another popular method is to grill the fish and serve them with a simple herb and garlic marinade.

Sand Dabs are also great in seafood stews and chowders. Their delicate texture and mild flavor make them an excellent addition to any seafood dish. When cooking with Sand Dabs, it is important to keep in mind that they cook quickly, so be sure not to overcook them.


At H&H, we are committed to sustainable fishing practices. We work closely with local fishermen to ensure that our seafood is caught using responsible methods that help to preserve the health of the ocean and its inhabitants. By choosing our Sand Dabs, you can feel good knowing that you are supporting sustainable fishing practices.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program has rated Sand Dabs as a "Best Choice" seafood option. This means that Sand Dabs are a sustainable seafood choice that is fished in a way that causes minimal harm to the environment. The program recommends that consumers choose Sand Dabs that are caught in the Monterey Bay using sustainable fishing methods.

If you are looking for a unique seafood experience, give our Monterey Bay Sand Dabs a try. These local fish are a delicacy, prized for their sweet and delicate flavor. Stop by our shop today and discover the delicious taste of Sand Dabs for yourself!

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