fish & shellfish

Fish & Shellfish Fundamentals

$490 per person

Our Fundamentals classes are designed to give home cooks a solid foundation of skills for everyday cooking and baking. They will build your confidence, equip you with techniques, and provide you with abundant inspiration in the kitchen.

What You'll Learn

By the end of the class, you will:

  • Be able to determine if a fish is fresh and which fish to buy in each season
  • Have the confidence to fillet and prepare a whole fish
  • Be able to execute different cooking methods like poaching, roasting, pan-frying, plus much more

About This Class

Living in the Bay Area means we’re lucky enough to experience incredible fish & shellfish all year long. Meeting once a week over three consecutive weeks, this course will immerse you into what it takes to expertly select and prepare seafood at home. Knowing the essential cooking methods, from poaching and steaming to pan and deep-frying, will help you produce appetizers, soups, and entrees with our local bounty.

We will have you filleting finfish, deveining shrimp, and breaking down fresh local squid, as well as learning how to shop for the freshest seafood, how to talk to your fishmonger, and of course, what to do with it when you get home. You will shuck oysters and prepare whole ocean fish and filets in steamed, grilled, smoked, pickled and salt-cured dishes. We’ll discuss the importance of not only where that fish was caught, but how. You will also learn some simple tricks to achieve the proper sear and golden, crispy crust of flatfish and scallops.


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Some of the dishes you’ll prepare in class include: Fish Stews and Chowders, Seared Scallops with Brown Butter Caper Sauce, Steamed Whole Tai Snapper, Salmon Gravlax, Salt-Baked Bronzino, Hawaiian Tuna Poke, and Smoked Trout Salad.  Class will take advantage of the best local fish & shellfish available. The season will dictate the exact menu.




  • Wine included
  • Full meal served in class
  • Work in teams
  • Three-session series
  • Ages 18+


What is the format of a typical cooking class?

The average duration of our current cooking classes is 2 hours, which is predominately hands-on work. You will be standing for the majority of class, cooking at your work station as your instructor demonstrates techniques and walks around providing individual feedback.

When should I arrive for my class?

Due to COVID-19 regulations, we can not have students congregate in the building before class starts. Doors will open 5 minutes prior to class starting and we will begin promptly on time. Students will be asked to queue up outside the door of the school, safely distanced (sidewalks are clearly marked) and will be let in the school just before class begins.

What do I need to bring with me to class?

Please arrive at the school with your own mask on. You will be given a new, disposable mask to wear in class to ensure what you have on hasn’t been contaminated prior to entering SFCS. We will have extras available should you need one while at school.

Wear comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes (remember, you’ll be on your feet cooking). The kitchens at SFCS are fully equipped with everything else you need, including clean aprons.


Do I need to eat before class?

Due to COVID-19 regulations, we will not be serving food or drinks during class, We will, however, be sending you home with both ingredients and finished food items so you can enjoy them later, and practice as well.

What should I wear to class?

Wear casual clothing you can easily move around in, and comfortable close-toed shoes. Long hair must be pulled back and masks, provided by SFCS, are required while in the building.

What happens if I can't make it to one of the classes in a series?

If you can’t make it to a class in a three, five or six-week series, you are welcome to send a friend in your place. Please notify us if a friend will be taking your spot.
Unfortunately, due to the small size of our classes, we do not offer make-up classes for missed sessions in a series.

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Cancellation Policy

Any cancellation up to two weeks prior to your class start date will be refunded 100%. Cancellations up to 5 days before your class start date will qualify for an online credit to be applied to another class. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations received less than 5 days before your class start date, however, you may always send a friend in your place if you’re unable to attend.
Please note: Cancellation requests made the day of class are not eligible for a refund or credit, no exceptions. 
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