By Alison Chew | Reviewed by Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN
OceanBox delivers fresh, pre-portioned, and sustainable seafood straight from the ocean to your door. Seafood is sourced from the same fishermen and purveyors who are trusted by the world’s top chefs so you know that you are receiving the highest quality seafood available.
By delivering straight from the docks to your door, skipping the store in the middle, and using advanced packing technology OceanBox is able to bring you fresh-caught seafood faster than traditional grocery stores. We tried OceanBox and share our review and unboxing video below.
How much does OceanBox seafood cost?
You can purchase a one-time box or subscribe for regular deliveries.
OceanBox offers 6 different curated boxes or you can Build Your Own box. Each box can be delivered at a frequency of weekly, biweekly, monthly, or one-time.
Curated box prices range from $95 to $135. Or you can Build Your Own box with no box minimum.
OceanBox currently delivers to most of the continental United States
OceanBox promises your seafood order, from their dock to your door, in 3 days vs the 8 days that it takes to get from the dock to a grocery store. We can’t tell when our order left the ocean, but it did get from the warehouse to our door in 1 day.
For this OceanBox review, we ordered the Medium Box and chose Yellowfin Tuna and Halibut for our selections. We selected only 2 types of seafood instead of 4 because we are a family of 3 and wanted to make 2 meals from the 8 servings.
The cost for our box was $67.15, $79 minus a 15% discount that we received when we signed up for the OceanBox newsletter. We used code TRYUS15 (this code may not currently be active) at checkout.
OceanBox packaging is made out of biodegradable, non-toxic, and recyclable materials.
GEL PACKS: 100% biodegradable and non-toxic
BOX: Made from 100% post-consumer product and can be curbside recycled
LINERS: Liners are made from post-consumer cotton and denim fibers and serve as natural insulators
TRAY AND FILM: Can not be recycled
OceanBox Reviews: Quality
OceanBox vs. Whole Foods
WholeFoods yellowfin tuna, below, was priced at $24.99 per pound.
OceanBox yellowfin tuna is pictured below. We received 20 oz total, 4 x 5oz fillets, for $33.57 or $8.39 per fillet. This comes out to $26.86 per pound, with the 15% discount, which is slightly higher than the WholeFoods price at the time of purchase.
WholeFoods halibut filets are $22.99 per lb at the time of this post. The OceanBox halibut, like the yellowfin tuna, would be $26.86 per pound, with a 15% discount, making the OceanBox halibut more expensive than WholeFoods by $4 per lb.
The OceanBox halibut was wonderful with a buttery flakey taste and texture. We marinated in lemon, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper and topped with garlic, lemon butter and it was delicious.
In our opinion, both the WholeFoods and the OceanBox yellowfin tuna and halibut fillets tasted fresh, were sustainably sourced, and were high-quality.
OceanBox is slightly more expensive, but more convenient than WholeFoods if you are unable to get to the store or do not have a WholeFoods or other high-quality seafood market nearby. If your only option is a local grocery store chain, OceanBox seafood would be our pick as the seafood would be of a much higher quality.
OceanBox Reviews: Sustainability
OceanBox seafood comes from a trusted network of suppliers, who follow strict, quality and safety standards, and must pass annual independent third-party audits to ensure that standards are being met. In addition, OceanBox partners with sustainability experts to help create better practices for preserving sustainable fisheries and ocean ecosystems.
Farmed fish are raised in a closed recirculating aquaculture system, fed an all-natural diet free from antibiotics and steroids, and are required to carry an ASC rating certifying that the farms pass sustainability requirements. These systems do not produce waste runoff and are reliant on renewable energy and therefore do not harm the environment.
Wild fish suppliers are MSC-certified and required to use specific catch methods, like hook and line, to avoid capturing unwanted seafood and OceanBox does not work with suppliers that use a bottom trawl as this can harm the local ecosystem.
OceanBox Reviews: Bottom Line
Would we order again? Maybe and if we had a coupon code. We are lucky to live near WholeFoods and other fish markets that offer high-quality sustainably sourced fish at reasonable prices.
If we were not able to find sustainably sourced high-quality fish locally, I would highly recommend using OceanBox. It is easy to sign up for a plan and pause or cancel your subscription if you only want a box every now and then or just want to try them out. Plus when you sign up for their email newsletter they will send you coupon codes regularly.
This post has been reviewed and approved by our dietitian Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN, LDN for nutritional accuracy.
Rebecca Housh is a registered dietitian based in Chicago, IL. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology from Boston University and a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Rebecca is passionate about the idea of food as medicine in both preventative and therapeutic care. Her current professional interests lie in food security, food access, and nutrition for chronic disease.
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