One of the best things about Essaouria is its proximity to the ocean. Close to the ocean = lots of FRESH fish.
We went to the fish market both days we were in Essaouria.
The fish goes directly from the ocean to the tables of the fish market.
And, it's all just laying out on the counters. (In case you're noticing a drastic difference in the lighting of the fishy pictures, one visit happened at night, and one visit happened during the day.)
These are kind of like eels. Ahmed and Brahim weren't sure of the English name. They might gross and slimy, but Khadija made a tajine from this kind of creature once, and it was really yummy!
More of the eel/snakes/slimy fish.
I had to take a picture of this fish. Look at his (?) mouth!!! Hahahahaha!
These fish are naked. Their scales have been removed. I tried some of these in Marrakesh once. They were breaded and deep-fried. They were also very yummy.
Essaouira is famous for sardines.
There were lots of them.
We also saw rays. I've never eaten rays, but they must be good to eat because they were selling them.
This is a crummy picture. It's the result of my phobia of annoying people with my camera. I was too embarrassed to do more than take one quick shot. In case you can't tell, it's sharks.
Here's the best part of the fish market. We bought those whitish fish near the edge of the table.
Then this nice gentleman cleaned them for us. (We tipped him.)
We took our cleaned fish to a place where they could be cooked. While we waited, we ate bread...
and Moroccan salad...
But, the crowning point of the meal was definitely the fish.
Sprinkled with a little fresh lemon juice. Mmmmmmm. It was to die for.