Despite their morose coloring, this cheap alternative to other hard-shell clams is starting to become popular steamed or in ceviche. “They're really popular in China, and they got a bad rep because they come out of water that's a little dirty, but we're starting to see them come out of cleaner waters that make them safe for raw applications,” says Stark.
Sockeye or coho salmon
“Usually the cheaper salmon is going to be farm raised, and some companies have such a big production that it gets to be like commodity pork -- really low quality,” says Shane. So depending on the producer, a farm-raised king salmon isn't going to beat the taste of smaller types like sockeye or coho. “They're leaner, but have a richer flavor than most things that are farm raised. I like to buy them whole because it keeps the belly on them and you can do a salmon steak.”