Seafood Cooking Tips from Top Chefs

Chicken Wings

Keep it simple when it comes to cooking salmon.

Do you sometimes feel like your home cooked seafood dishes aren’t quite as good as the ones prepared at your favorite restaurants.

Ever wonder what their secrets are to that perfect char and texture? We asked a few top chefs and restaurateurs to share their top secret tips for preparing seafood at home….

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Sustainable Swordfish

Sustainable swordfish

Sustainable Swordfish: Perfect for outdoor grilling

As the Seafood Merchant at FreshDirect, it’s important for me to bring our customers not only great-tasting, fresh seafood but also sustainable ones too.

We just got our first batch of sustainably caught swordfish in the shop. These fish come to us from Nova Scotia and from the first swordfish fishery to be certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Here fishermen use a traditional fishing method, harpooning, where swordfish are identified one fish at a time and then target them with a harpoon attached a line. This fishing method assures that fisherman only catch larger mature swordfish while eliminating non-targeted species or by-catch….

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Patriotic Lobster Dish

Lobster Meal

Lobster Meal

Ed note. Nothing says summer to me more than wild lobster! Maybe it’s fond memories of family trips to Maine and enjoying a lobster roll or two.

In any case, getting together with loved ones is the best part of any Fourth of July celebration. That’s why I think Anna’s dish described below combines the best of the holiday: timeless memories and a great meal to enjoy with friends and family!

This year, I am taking my Independence Day celebration up a notch. Instead of the standard barbecue and beer event I usually host or attend, I was inspired to make a meal full of red, white, and blue!

My guests are sure to enjoy this new color-themed cuisine. To include foods of each of our country’s patriotic colors, I created this combination of taste and excitement:…

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David and Jeff’s Wild Alaskan Salmon Adventure

Alaskan Salmon

David and Jeff go fishing for Wild Alaskan Salmon.

Our seafood experts, David and Jeff, were in Alaska late last week to check on (and catch!) this season’s wild Alaskan salmon from the Copper River.  Copper River salmon are amongst the richest, tastiest fish in the world. And they can’t come any fresher – the fish that David and Jeff caught are in our stores right now!

David and I arrived in Cordova, a small fishing village near the mouth of the Copper River in Alaska.  The charming town is on an inlet surrounded by majestic mountains. There are no more than a couple thousand people, a harbor full of fishing boats, and a number of docks and processing plants….

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Chef Tina’s Spring Fish Soup

Fish Stew

Make Chef Tina's Spring Fish Soup at Home

I love to make fish soups and like with most things I cook, I try to let the ingredients dictate what I will be cooking. Recently, our fish department had some gorgeous red snapper so I went for it. I decided to combine my love for spice and Lebanese and Arabic cuisine to make up a fish soup.

Though this cuisine usually uses yogurt, I decide to use crème fraiche since yogurt is tricky and can easily curdle. Crème fraiche provides the tang and acid of the yogurt, with none of the complexity of dealing with the delicate cooking.

The beautiful thing about soup in general is that it is all about love- truly you can judge a good cook by their ability to make a soup (and a salad but that’s a different post!). Take the same care with soup as you would with anything you are cooking (ingredients, seasoning, doneness, viscosity, depth, etc.). Soups are generally NOT a quick thing to cook (be suspicious of soup recipes that equate quick with good), but the payout is generous, and usually worth at least two meals, depending on how many people you are feeding.

This recipe should feed about 6-8….

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Kid-Safe Seafood (with Recipes!)

Verlasso Salmon

Verlasso salmon is both kid-safe and tasty too!

You know seafood is good for you and your family, but you want to make the absolute best choices when it comes to the kids. Truth is – for most adults the health benefits of eating a variety of seafood outweigh the risks of occasionally eating fish that contain contaminants.1 But for growing children, the best choices will be low in contaminants and high in omega-3s.

That’s why I was thrilled to learn more about a non-profit group called KidsSafe Seafood, who highlight the best seafood for kids to eat to support their growth and development, while being low in contaminants, and ocean-friendly, too! They shared their best seafood choices for kids’ health, and some family-friendly recipes with me, so that I could share them with you!…

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Keep Your Resolutions with These 5 Healthy Seafood Recipes!

Steamed Fish

Steamed Fish in Parchment

Can you believe it’s almost the end of January? Have you been keeping up with your resolutions?

I admit that I need a reminder every now again – especially when it’s cold outside and comfort food calls my name! (Though these healthier comfort food tips have been a great resource!).

So in addition to our previously-posted Resolution Recipes, below are 5 seafood-based healthy recipes that can be made in minutes.

Why seafood? Well, our nutritionist Maggie Moon, MS, RD reminds us that seafood is heart-healthy and is full of important nutrients (like energy-making B-vitamins, vitamin D, antioxidant vitamin E, iron, zinc, magnesium, and omega-3 fats).

Which of these recipes will you make for dinner tonight?: …

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Seafood: Nutritional Powerhouse

Salmon

Salmon is filled with good-for-you Omega-3s!

Put seafood on your menu, and you’ll be in good company – the healthiest diets around the world include healthy protein foods like seafood (as well as plenty of vegetables, fruit, and whole grains).

For early brain development, a healthy heart for life, and overall well-being, nutrition experts agree on eating seafood twice a week; that’s at least 8oz per week (20% of protein intake) for most adults. Pregnant and nursing women should aim for 8-12oz per week. In stark contrast, most Americans eat just 3.5 oz per week (less than half what we should!).

To be fair, it can be confusing to shop for seafood. Just a few things that might be on a shopper’s mind are: Am I getting the good-for-me omega-3s? Is it sustainable? How much should I worry about mercury?

To answer some of these questions, Harvard School of Public Health conducted a comprehensive analysis of fish and health (Journal of the American Heart Association, 2006). What they found: the benefits of eating fish greatly outweigh the risks. Just what are those benefits? Eating fish, especially fatty fish – here’s what’s in it for you:…

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Harmoniously Raised Salmon in Patagonia

Verlasso Salmon

Jeff and Marc visit the Verlasso salmon in Chile

Following the launch of the Verlasso salmon line in mid-September, our seafood category experts, Jeff Ludwin (Category Manager) and Marc Sirois (Operations Director), had the opportunity to travel to southern Chile to meet with the fisherman growing this one of kind harmoniously-raised salmon. As the exclusive supplier for Verlasso, our team wanted to ensure we were providing the very best salmon for our customers. By visiting their farms, facilities and operations, Jeff is also able to share the Verlasso story with you.

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We traveled from JFK to Puerto Veras (a small port city and commune in southern Chile) to visit with the Verlasso farms. We first visited the salmon hatchery in Puerto Montt. There we witnessed the grow-out in land-based recirculating tanks before being transferred to open sea pens. Here the salmon are raised in fresh water from egg to smolt. After about a year the smolt are then transferred to the ocean for a period of 12 to 18 months where they grow to adult salmon….

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Verlasso Salmon

Sustainable Salmon

Sustainable Salmon: Good for you and the environment!

If you’ve ever been confused about making the right seafood choices for you and your family, you’re not alone. Among the competing concerns out there are: health benefits vs. sustainability issues vs. mercury levels. And if you’ve grown to love the taste of farmed salmon, you may be especially conflicted, because on the one-hand, it’s a heart-healthy fish with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and selenium that is also low in mercury; but on the other hand, it’s gotten a bad wrap for being a poor choice when it comes to sustainability….

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