Miami native Brett Heiken was leading his family’s kosher catering service in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic ended the beloved local business. That’s when Heiken, an avid fisherman, decided to take an entrepreneurial gamble: In 2021, he opened a kosher fresh fish market in North Miami, bringing his love of the ocean and all its riches ashore. Two years later, Catch Specialty Fish Market is the local go-to for the freshest of Florida fillets, global selections, oven-ready dishes, sushi, fish dips, and more. Here are five reasons we can’t get enough of Catch.
Hyper-fresh choices that span continents
“None of the fish at my store is ever frozen—nor has it ever been,” says Heiken, who makes the daily trek to the airport to receive shipments of branzino flown in fresh from Spain and salmon from the Faroe Islands. “Of course, we often carry fresh-off-the-boat Florida mainstays like wahoo, grouper, yellowfin tuna, and snapper, but my customers also seek top-quality global favorites, and I give that to them.”
The ready-to-cook collection
After passing the market’s ice trays housing whole fish and cabinets of thick and lean cuts, discover Heiken’s oven-ready preparations of butterflied and deboned branzino and salmon fillets. “Using my skills and recipes from my time in catering, I created several ready-to-cook items that require almost no work; just preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bake for 12 minutes,” Heiken advises. “Even those who don’t know a thing about cooking can now make a perfect fish dinner.” Among the composed fish dish flavors that are always available: Thai curry with almond shavings, creamy basil with crushed pistachio, and cilantro pesto (Heiken’s personal favorite).
Amazing ceviches, dips, and more
Besides ready-to-cook fare, there are plenty of excellent fish-forward products prepared daily, starting with a trio of ceviches. Typically, one is dressed in leche de tigre, another in a traditional lime-heavy marinade, and a third done Caribbean-style with a fruit component. Some fish is smoked in-house to create the cornerstone of creamy dips, while others are dry aged to be enjoyed as toast or cracker toppings.
The sushi counter and wine selection
Highly aware of America’s love affairs with sushi and poke, Heiken complements the traditional fish market setup with a sushi counter offering made-to-order items. Visitors can customize their selections from the counter’s computer screen or engage in old-fashioned person-to-person interaction. Naturally, the ingredients are top-of-the-line. While Catch’s sushi and poke is mostly a take-out operation, there are a few seats inside and out for those who wish to enjoy their food on the premises. Heiken also sells an impressive variety of Israeli and French kosher wines, allowing patrons to gather all they need for a delicious (kosher) date night or family dinner.
Home delivery service
While part of the excitement of a local fish market lies in the visuals, Heiken understands that those who don’t live in North Miami may not want to schlep to Catch. Hence, door-to-door delivery is available (and affordable), meaning it’s possible to delight in all the market’s offerings without ever leaving home.