It is unfortunate that American seafood consumption has decreased over recent years, and is now down to only 14.4 pounds per years, despite the fact that the USDA and many other bodies recommend that Americans should consume at least 26 pounds of seafood each year. In general, you should eat seafood twice a week, to gain the beneficial health benefits. We need to find ways to persuade people, overcoming their objections, to eat seafood more frequently.
When consumers are asked about why they don't eat more seafood, cost is always at the top of the list. However, there are plenty of ways to enjoy seafood in an economical manner, as mentioned in my recent post, Seafood Nutrition Partnership & Eating Heart Healthy. I've also previously discussed one of the least expensive, but tasty, versatile and healthy, seafoods: Mussels. Besides cost, many consumers also have indicated their fear and unease at cooking seafood at home. They don't understand the best, or easiest, ways to prepare seafood and fear ruining an expensive piece of fish. That objection is also easy to counter, by educating the consumers, showing them that preparing seafood is just as easy as any other protein.
Do you have difficulty preparing seafood at home?
Do you know how to cook fish and shellfish?
Are there other reasons why you don't cook more seafood at home?
After last year's Seafod Expo North America (SENA), I started a new series on my blog called How To Cook Seafood, and there are currently three volumes in that series: Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3. The idea was to ask Chefs their best and simplest advice to home cooks on preparing seafood. At this year's SENA, I continued gathering together cooking advice for consumers, to help overcome their fears. At SENA, numerous exhibitors provide recipes for their products or have recipes listed on their websites. Consumers can use this post as a resource and hopefully learn that cooking seafood can be as easy as cooking chicken.
Jacqueline Church, a local food writer, assisted Chef Nathan Fong at the British Colombia booth at SENA. Each year, this booth prepares some of the best seafood dishes at the Expo. Besides writing, Jacqueline also operates Kitchen Confidence, providing private cooking classes on a wide variety of topics. from Dumplings to Meat-Free Meals.
If you want to learn how to prepare seafood, you could take her class: "Forget Fishsticks! Enjoying sustainable seafood at home. What to shop for, how to prepare it. Sustainable seafood 101 and great recipes and tips. Cooking fish en papillote, Shrimp-fried rice, Whole fish en croute (baked in salt crust); even an easy microwave poached fish with ginger-scallion sauce." Jacqueline will help show you how easy it can be to prepare seafood at home, giving you more confidence in the kitchen.
Alaska Seafood site provides a searchable database of seafood recipes, for both consumers and food service. The list includes entries for Appetizers, Salads, Soups, Sandwiches, Entrees,Fish Tacos, Breakfast and Brunch. You can also search by a specific type of seafood or a cooking method. It's an extensive and valuable site for home cooks. Anyone up for a Bacon-Wrapped Alsaka Scallop Slider?
Eat Gulf Seafood site has a multitude of information for preparing seafood at home. They too have a searchable database of recipes, which can be filtered by the type of seafood. Want some Gulf Oyster Pasta with Creole Tomato Sauce or Fried Green Tomatoes with Gulf Crawfish?
As an added benefit, their site provides a Wine & Beer Pairing Guide for a number of fin fish. I would like to see similar pairings provided for shellfish too. In addition, I would have loved to see them pair their seafood with Sake, an excellent choice for all types of seafood.
Florida Seafood Recipes, for seafood from Grouper to Shrimp, Tuna to Oysters. Enjoy some Rock Shrimp & Blue Crab Bisque or Pecan Crusted Swordfish.
Louisiana Seafood are separated by the type of seafood, including oysters, shrimp, crab, crawfish, fish, and even alligator. Try some Cream of Redfish Soup, Po Man;s Gumbo, or Louisiana Creole BBQ Shrimp.
Mississippi Gulf Seafood provides plenty of searchable recipes, as well as Recipe Books (in PDF format). There are three recipe books, for Oysters, Shrimp and Seafood. They also have a series of Recipe Videos you can watch. Enjoy such dishes as Mississippi Gulf Coast Lasagna, Mississippi Gulf Oyster Alfredo or Mississippi Gulf Crabmeat Dip.
North Carolina Seafood, you'll find a seafood cookbook with dozens of recipes for a variety of fish. Maybe you would like some Garlic Flounder, Shrimp Casserole, or Southern Clam Chowder. Unfortunately, the site lacks photos of the various dishes so you don't know what some of the dishes look like.
Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative site offers an astounding 456 ways to prepare and enjoy lobster! It is a searchable data base and you'll find a huge range of recipes, for everything from breakfast to bisque. Try a Maine Lobster Benedict, Classic Maine Lobster Stew, or a Creamy Maine Lobster Risotto. The only thing this recipe list seems to be missing is Dessert recipes. I've had Lobster Gelato before and it was delicious, so I know lobster can work in certain desserts.
Though Lobster dominates Maine, I've already wrote about their compelling Maine Dayboat Scallops and you can find a few scallop recipes on their site.including Scalloped Scallops, Honey Buttered Scallop Casserole, and Wasabi Coated Scallops.
Seafood Oregon site provides numerous recipes, broken down by the type of seafood including Salmon, Albacore, Bottomfish, Crab and Shrimp. How about a Salmon Omelet, a Deep Dish Tuna Pot Pie, or Dungeness Crab Tater Tots? The Oregon Trawl Commission also offers some seafood recipes, including some videos, such as Spicy Coconut Braised Black Cod or Hake Fish Fingers.
Verlasso Salmon, which farms sustainable Salmon from Chile, provides 24 salmon recipes, including Steamed Verlasso Salmon Bouillabaisse and Sweet Chili Verlasso Salmon Over Asian Noodles. Besides the recipes, they also have a page of Salmon Cooking Techniques, which explain six techniques, from grilling to poaching, to assist you in preparing salmon at home. They also just released a small print cooknook, called Sea Change, at the Expo, with over 20 recipes, from Brioche Salmon Club Sandwich to Seared Salmon with Berry/Chipotle Sauce. Hopefully, they will post this new cookbook on their website in the near future.
Japan Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries site provides a number of recipes using Japanese ingredients, including seafood. For example, check out recipes for Herb-Roasted Scallops, Salmon Curry, or Sweet & Sour Yellowtail.
Scottish Salmon Producers Association site obviously offers recipes for preparing Salmon, from Salmon Baked In Cream to Twice-Baked Hot Smoked Salmon Souffles. For something other than salmon, the Scotland Seafood site contains about 30 recipes for a range of seafoods, including Skippers, Mackerel, Clams, Hake and more. Enjoy some Smoked Hake & Leek Chowder, Moules Frites, or Classic Fish Pie.
Iceland Responsible Fisheries provides a number of interesting recipes for Icelandic Cod. Try some Pan-Fried Cod with Baked Onions or Cod Loins with Anchovy-Egg Sauce.
British Colombia Salmon site has four Salmon recipe booklets that you can download. You'll find recipes such as Salmon Miso Yaki, Honey Lime BBQ Kebobs, and Smoked Salmon & Fennel Potato Pizza. Each booklet also has basic info about salmon, from its nutrition value to preparation.
Ocean Approved, who provide a bunch of recipes that use Kelp, a seaweed! From Smoothies to Salads, Entrees to Desserts, you'll find plenty to intrigue your taste buds. Try a Kelp-Carrot Cake or Eggs A La Mar.