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Scared of Rising Salmon Prices? Stick These Fish on a Dish Instead

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Yesterday, Quartz reported that salmon prices are about to surge across the globe. It's all due to a pretty gnarly infestation of lice that began in Scotland and Norway, the latter of which is the world’s most fertile producer of salmon. Now, the lice outbreak has ballooned to produce a global salmon shortage, resulting in a price hike for salmon in grocery stores. I'm afraid it doesn't show signs of slowing down. As these swarms of lice are ravaging salmon prices, they're proving dangerously difficult to curb for salmon farmers, too, who've begun to seek solace in synthetic pesticides and de-lousing “lumpsucker” fish as deterrents for the outbreak. None of these options have worked well.

Sucks for salmon lovers, right? Well, one solution for salmon-hungry consumers is to just wait this lice infestation out, eliminate salmon from your diet for the time being, and hope for the best. Another is to get more frugal about your salmon shopping, eating it less regularly, or identifying special occasions on which you can consume it. Or, you could just eat other fish that’s even cheaper than salmon.

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There's an endless bounty of options, really. Anchovies and frozen fish sticks; tuna and sardines. Consider, too, bluefish, catfish, cod, herring, mackerel, tilapia. Even if you're someone who normally swears by salmon, these recipes may be enough to carry you (and your wallet) over until this infestation dies down. Whenever that happens.

Pickled Herring with Sour Cream and Onion

Pickled Herring with Sour Cream and Onion by Nicolaus Balla & Cortney Burns

Seared Fresh Sardines and Tomato Soup

Seared Fresh Sardines and Tomato Soup by cheese1227

Ritz Cracker-Crusted Bluefish
Ritz Cracker-Crusted Bluefish
Mackerel with Fennel and Onion Sofrito

Mackerel with Fennel and Onion Sofrito by thirschfeld

Roasted Mackerel with Aioli and Parsleyed Potatoes

Roasted Mackerel with Aioli and Parsleyed Potatoes by CarolineWright

Poached Tuna with Warm Squash, Corn, and Potato Salad

Poached Tuna with Warm Squash, Corn, and Potato Salad by Amanda Hesser

Tuna Caldine

Tuna Caldine by Merrill Stubbs

Provençal Tuna Melt

Provençal Tuna Melt by boulangere

Tuna Burgers with Wasabi Ginger Mayo

Tuna Burgers with Wasabi Ginger Mayo by Merrill Stubbs

Spicy Tuna Tartare

Spicy Tuna Tartare by healthierkitchen

Tuna with Mint Oil and Pepperonata

Tuna with Mint Oil and Pepperonata by chris fischer

Tuna with a Soft Egg, Lemon, and Capers
Tuna with a Soft Egg, Lemon, and Capers
Cherry Tomato Tequila Butter Salsa with Fried Fish

Cherry Tomato Tequila Butter Salsa with Fried Fish by Sam1148

Vietnamese-Inspired Sweet & Spicy Catfish with Pickled Vegetables

Vietnamese-Inspired Sweet & Spicy Catfish with Pickled Ve... by melissav

Blackened Tilapia (or Catfish)

Blackened Tilapia (or Catfish) by Nicholas Day

Meen Porichathu (Fried Fish)

Meen Porichathu (Fried Fish) by pauljoseph

Tilapia Poached in Olive Oil with Thyme and Garlic

Tilapia Poached in Olive Oil with Thyme and Garlic by Merrill Stubbs

Grace's Ginger Scallion Fish

Grace's Ginger Scallion Fish by Joy Huang | The Cooking of Joy

Plaa Phao Kleua (Grilled Salt-Crusted Fish with Chile Dipping Sauce)

Plaa Phao Kleua (Grilled Salt-Crusted Fish with Chile Dip... by JJ Goode

Fish Yassa

Fish Yassa by savorthis

Have a favorite dish with a fish that doesn't cost too much? Let us know in the comments.