The Common Fish and Other Seafoods Sold in Turkish Supermarkets


I’ve been posting about fırında balık (oven baked fish) yesterday after our holiday dinner. Luckily we got those fishes for a really cheap price at the market yesterday because of the Zafer Bayramı (Victory Day) holiday. Actually, the çipura or çupra (Gilthead Sea Bream) in this season are supposedly sold at 14.90 TL (Turkish Lira) per kilogram with each fish weighing at about 200-400 grams. But since its holiday yesterday, their prices drop from 14.90 per kilogram to just 9.99 TL (that's just about $5)! Well that’s pretty damn cheap, so l guess it only makes sense to get a few more fishes to take home and use the freezer to store them for consumption in the next couple of days (perhaps for a different menu).

Kipa supermarket's kampanya dergisi (campaign magazine)
 front page during the holiday.

Çipura (Gilthead Sea Bream) sold per kilogram.

These are the ones I used for last night's fırında balık dish.

Çipura or çupra may not be very abundant in the month of August, but they are still readily available in the markets all throughout the year. Their prices may significantly rise higher when they are not in season and may also drop down when they are indirimli (with a discount) whenever they are at its peak. But I should be waiting for levrek (sea bass) next month (September) for they shall be in abundance along with several other species of fish or seafoods. That time they shall be more tastier and even more cheaper.

Karadeniz Levrek (sea bass from the Black Sea) sold per piece at 2 TL.

I have taken some photos of the rest of the seafoods sold in the fresh fish section of Kipa supermarket yesterday (you can click on the images for a larger size). Some seafoods such as somon (salmon), yengeç (crab), istakoz (lobster), sinağrit (snapper), kılıç (swordfish), mercan (red sea bream), etc. were in abundance and are usually tastier during this month.

Other seafoods sold in packs.

Levrek (sea bass) and other seafood deli.

Sardalya fileto (sardine fillets)

Cimcim karides (shrimps).

Temizlenmiş hamsi (pre-washed and cleaned anchovy) and
ahtapot bacağı (octopus legs).

The rest such as sardalya (sardines), hamsi (anchovy), karides (shrimps), ahtapot bacağı (octopus), etc. were sold separately in tighly sealed packets. There were also a few young palamut (bonito) starting to appear but since my family and I don’t like bonito that much, we didn’t feel the need to take along a few kilos of them home. 


  1. Thanks for sharing:) It will helpm me for tomorrow evening:)

  2. Hope it will... thanks for dropping by! :-)