5 Questions About Wholesale Seafood in Louisiana

September 8, 2021 at 4:00 AM
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Louisiana’s unique climate and biodiversity give it some of the richest fishing in the country. For local restaurants and seafood-based businesses that means some of the finest quality seafood is available to them on a daily basis.

1. Where does wholesale seafood in Louisiana come from?

Louisiana has many rivers, deltas, estuaries, and bayous from which wholesale seafood providers catch their seafood products. Our state-of-the-art New Orleans facilities span more than 30,000 square feet of space and are located in Lake Pontchartrain, Bayou Bienvenue, and the Mississippi River. This gives us opportunities to provide fresh seafood to the many restaurants and seafood sellers in the area.

2. Is Louisiana wholesale seafood sustainable?

While some wholesale seafood retailers in Louisiana may choose to sell farmed seafood, we showcase wild-caught, sustainable seafood. Tommy's Seafood catches wild, American, sustainable shellfish and bivalves and sells them to restaurants and distributors. We maintain the high quality our customers have come to expect while nurturing sustainable business practices that will ensure Louisiana’s seafood industry flourishes for future generations.

3. What kind of wholesale seafood is available in Louisiana?

The rich biodiversity of the Gulf Coast gives restaurants and retailers many options when it comes to choosing what kind of seafood to serve. We offer live, frozen, cooked, and raw options to ensure our customers always have choices. Tommy’s Seafood offers some popular options, including:

Wild-caught shrimp

Gulf shrimp have a mild, sweet flavor and a satisfying texture. Versatile and delicious, they may be seasoned and steamed, poached, grilled, boiled, or sautéed.

Blue crab

More than half of the crabs in Louisiana are harvested from Lake Pontchartrain and the Terrebonne basins. We think blue crab is one of the tastiest creatures in the Gulf Coast!


Freshly shucked oysters are a delicacy around the world and we are proud to offer locally sourced oysters. Louisiana is famous for oyster dishes such as oysters supreme and po’boys, just to name a few.


Nutritious and easy to prepare, crawfish are a staple of Louisiana cuisine. We catch and sell some of the best crawfish around and provide local eateries with this famous seafood.

4. How is Louisiana wholesale seafood kept fresh?

Freezing seafood for transport is nothing new, but Tommy, the founder of Tommy’s Seafood took it one step further. Tommy pioneered a new freezing process by converting to CO2 freezing at -90° F, versus traditional freezing methods. This means shrimp are frozen within minutes not hours, sealing in optimum freshness, locking in peak flavor, and maintaining excellent texture.

5. Why Tommy’s Seafood?

Since our founding in 1982, Tommy’s seafood has been catching, processing, and providing high-quality seafood to New Orleans and beyond. Our commitment to supplying local restaurants and businesses with delicious, wild-caught seafood is what motivates us to continuously innovate our processes while maintaining the high level of quality and services our customers have come to expect. We are proud to serve the Louisiana area and we intend to continue sustainable practices to ensure our seafood is available to all for years to come.