Easy tips for cooking your favorite fish and shellfish at home every time
(BPT) - Crab legs for a birthday. Scallops for an anniversary. Salmon for when family are in town. Many people enjoy eating seafood at restaurants as it is a favorite choice for celebratory meals. However, when it comes to cooking seafood at home, it can be intimidating. Seafood — fish and shellfish — is surprisingly simple to cook with a few tips and tricks.
"Seafood is easy, delicious and widely available, making it a great option for home cooks," says Linda Cornish, president of Seafood Nutrition Partnership. "Whether it is shellfish or a fillet of your favorite fish variety, seafood makes any day special. Plus, you can feel good about enjoying immune-boosting food rich in vitamins A, B and D, as well as omega-3 fatty acids and minerals such as calcium, selenium, iron, zinc and more."
To help kick up your confidence in the kitchen when cooking seafood, Seafood Nutrition Partnership and its partners from the Eat Seafood America! campaign offer simple kitchen tips:
The 10-minute rule: Measure the fish at its thickest point. Cook it on medium-high (about 375 degrees F) for 10 minutes per inch, turning halfway through the cooking time. That means a thin fish like sole or pollock cooks in about 4-5 minutes while a thicker salmon or tuna steak might be 15 minutes.
Test for the flake: The best way to tell if fish is done is by testing it with a fork: insert it at an angle at the thickest point and twist gently. The fish will flake easily when it’s done, and it will lose its translucent or raw appearance.
Create foil packets: Foil makes cooking seafood and cleanup simple. Choose your seafood, such as shrimp or a piece of fish, and vegetables such as bell pepper, green beans, cherry tomatoes or zucchini. Use a large piece of foil and layer fish on top of veggies, season to taste, add a couple of lemon slices, and add a drizzle of oil before cooking in the oven, on the grill or even campfire.
Steam on the stovetop: Steaming is a popular way to cook shellfish due to its simplicity. Fill a deep pot with 1-2 inches of water, add wire rack and bring to a boil. Add seafood and cover to cook. Seafood like lobster, crab legs and shrimp will turn pink or red when done, so look for the bright color and then enjoy.
Stock up with canned and frozen options: Fill your freezer with seafood when it’s on sale, so there's something always ready to go when meal planning. When you’re at the grocery store, also grab canned seafood that is often a reasonably priced alternative. Then try adding into favorite recipes or toss into salads or pastas for an easy meal that is sustainable and planet-friendly.
Cook once, eat twice: Try doubling recipes to get ahead on cooking and have a dinner or lunch ready for later in the week. Recipes that freeze well, such as chowder or gumbo, are great to double. Also, consider cooking an extra piece of fish to use on a salad or in a sandwich the next day.
Explore grab-and-go options: Try pre-prepped seafood from your local grocery store to just bring home and heat. Instructions are typically on the package but if you have questions, ask the pros at the seafood counter.
Try new recipes: With everyone spending more time at home, it's fun to try new recipes. You can enjoy restaurant-quality seafood dishes at home in a few simple steps. Be inspired with this recipe that can be updated with whatever fish fillets or veggies you have on hand. For a quick one-pan meal, choose vegetables and slice them to cook in about the same time as your fish.
Pesto Salmon Sheet Pan
1/2 acorn squash, cubed
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2. On a large sheet pan, place acorn squash, red onions, potatoes and cauliflower. Salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with olive oil. Stir to coat well and place in single layer around the edges of the pan.
3. Add salmon to the sheet pan and spread with about half the pesto.
4. Roast at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes depending on thickness, until salmon is fork tender and fully cooked through.
5. Top with the remaining pesto and serve.
Share your finished seafood dish on social media and tag #EatSeafoodAmerica. For additional simple seafood recipes to try at home visit seafoodnutrition.org.
Now more than ever, food choices matter. People want healthy, environmentally friendly foods without sacrificing flavor. Substituting the traditional protein in your favorite dishes with seafood is one deliciously smart way to satisfy these demands. Get started today with 4 swap recipes in the full Medium article here.
Seafood can make for a healthy addition to diets, particularly for children. These tips can help make it quick, easy and affordable to add nutritious seafood to your family’s menu with recipes like Chipotle Shrimp Street Tacos.
6 Tips for Adding More Seafood to Your Family’s Menu
(Family Features) Seafood can make for a healthy addition to diets, particularly for children. It improves body and brain function, and studies conducted by “Pediatrics” and the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” have linked seafood to reduced risks of heart disease and allergic conditions like asthma.
In fact, the United States Department of Agriculture suggests making seafood part of healthy diets and its 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend putting it on menus at least twice a week.
While there are common complaints, such as “my kids won’t like it” or “I don’t know how to prepare it,” these tips can help make it quick, easy and affordable to add nutritious seafood to your family’s menu.
Find more tips and recipes to add seafood to your family’s table at aquastar.com.
Chipotle Shrimp Street Tacos
Total time: 20 minutes
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Eating healthy isn’t always easy, and when your family is rushing around in the evenings it can seem like a daunting task to put a well-balanced, nutritious meal on the table. However, cooking at home with a lean protein you can feel good about serving is one way to serve up quick, good-for-you meals like this One Pan Fish Dish.
Eat Healthy with Seafood
(Family Features) Eating healthy isn’t always easy, and when your family is rushing around in the evenings it can seem like a daunting task to put a well-balanced, nutritious meal on the table.
However, cooking at home with a lean protein you can feel good about serving, like seafood, is one way to serve up quick, good-for-you meals. In fact, one-third of people surveyed reported they increased their fish consumption at home in the past year, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Research published in the “Journal of the American Medical Association” showed eating seafood 2-3 times per week can improve brain, eye, heart and prenatal health. Seafood also provides unique health benefits as one of the best sources for omega-3 fatty acids, which are healthy fats essential to human health and development.
As only one out of 10 Americans meets the Dietary Guidelines recommendation of two servings of seafood per week, National Seafood Month is a great time to incorporate more seafood into you and your family’s meals. Check out these tips from the Seafood Nutrition Partnership:
For recipes, ideas and inspiration for eating seafood at least two times per week, visit seafoodnutrition.org or follow #Seafood2xWk on social media.
One Pan Fish Dish
Recipe courtesy of Michael-Ann Rowe on behalf of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership
Seafood Nutrition Partnership
The season of warm summer nights and bright sunny days calls for equally vibrant meals. When the hotter summer weather calls for light, fresh snackable fare, give Asian small plates a try with recipes like Chinese Shrimp Potstickers, Thai Chicken Satay and Light Cucumber Salad, or Korean Beef Bulgogi and Kimchi over Sticky Rice.
Add a Splash of Flavor to Your Summer
Asian-inspired small plates for the entire family
(Family Features) The season of warm summer nights and bright sunny days calls for equally vibrant meals. As the season of entertaining continues, many at-home chefs are searching for exciting and flavorful meals to feed their family and friends.
According to Mintel’s 2018 US Flavor Trends Report, consumers continually seek to be more adventurous with their palates by trying ethnic flavors, such as those found in Asian cooking. When the hotter summer weather calls for light, fresh snackable fare, give Asian small plates a try.
Have a go at a variety of flavorful appetizers like dippable Chinese Shrimp Potstickers, which pair perfectly with a savory Thai Chicken Satay and Light Cucumber Salad. Round out your meal with a satisfying Korean Beef Bulgogi and Kimchi over Sticky Rice, featuring irresistible and exotic flavors that can have your guests coming back for more.
To create impressive meals with a variety of ingredients, incorporate an option such as Nakano clean-labeled rice vinegars, which are available in seven varieties and feature easy-to-read labels showing no more than six real, recognizable ingredients to help enhance the flavors of summertime dishes.
For more fresh and flavorful summer dishes, visit NakanoOrganic.com.
Thai Chicken Satay with Light Cucumber Salad
Prep time: 25 minutes, plus marinating
Korean Beef Bulgogi and Kimchi over Sticky Rice
Prep time: 15 minutes, plus marinating
Chinese Shrimp Potstickers
Prep time: 25 minutes
With a new school year beginning, it’s important for parents to be prepared and help their children start forming good habits. With a new routine in place, it can sometimes be hard for parents to keep up, but with fast-cooking seafood like thin fish fillets and shrimp, a healthy dinner like Hearty Salmon Skewers over Brown Rice can be ready in minutes.
Back-to-School Seafood Favorites
(Family Features) With a new school year beginning, it’s important for parents to be prepared and help their children start forming good habits. For example, most children function better on a routine. They wake up every day at a certain time, they practice the same sports and eat nutritious, fresh foods that fuel their bodies.
One healthy option for kids is seafood. When kids eat at least two servings of seafood each week, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, they can receive big benefits. Fish and shellfish supply nutrients such as vitamins B and D, choline and essential omega-3 fatty acids, which are all needed for strong bones, brain development, healthy immune systems and cardiovascular systems.
In fact, research published in “Acta Paediatrica” shows an association between kids who eat fish at least once a week and better grades.
With a new routine in place, it can sometimes be hard for parents to keep up, but with fast-cooking seafood like thin fish fillets and shrimp, a healthy dinner can be ready in minutes. However, since some kids can be picky eaters, consider these tips from Joe Urban, director of food and nutrition services for Greenville County Schools, to add seafood to your family’s table.
For more seafood recipes and meal inspiration, visit seafoodnutrition.org or follow #Seafood2xWk on social media.
Hearty Salmon Skewers over Brown Rice
Prep time: 15 minutes
Seafood Nutrition Partnership
Want a reason to celebrate? Look no further than America’s favorite seafood! Shrimp knows how to get a party started. Beloved for its great taste, this bite-sized protein is a mouthwatering, flavor-packed option that deserves its moment in the spotlight. Don’t believe us? Here are five simple reasons to celebrate shrimp, any day, anytime, anywhere.
(BPT) - Want a reason to celebrate? Look no further than America’s favorite seafood! Shrimp knows how to get a party started. Beloved for its great taste, this bite-sized protein is a mouthwatering, flavor-packed option that deserves its moment in the spotlight. Don’t believe us? Here are five simple reasons to celebrate shrimp, any day, anytime, anywhere.
1. It’s easy as 1-2-3 -- With so many frozen options available, like those from SeaPak, you can pop your favorite meals right into your oven with no hassle and no fuss. A quick visit to your grocer’s freezer section will show you that today’s shrimp options are better than ever and just as delicious as your favorite restaurant. The best part? You’ll save plenty of time, so you can do more of what you love most, like bingeing your favorite TV show or hanging with the kids.
2. You are what you eat -- You know what that means — eat more shrimp, since it’s made up of several good-for-you nutrients like selenium, calcium, zinc and potassium. It even has vitamins A, E, B6 and B12. That’s right, folks, shrimp is a no-brainer!
3. Mix and match -- It’s impossible to get bored when you’re cooking with shrimp! And for that, America’s favorite seafood deserves a toast. You can bake it in the oven or seer it on the grill, add it to pasta or layer it onto a sandwich. No matter the occasion, shrimp packs the perfect flavor punch for any meal. Cheers!
4. Any day, anytime, anywhere -- Enjoying a date night at home, looking for a quick, protein-filled snack, or whipping up an appetizer for a crowd? Shrimp is a great any day, anytime, anywhere option. Easy to make, shrimp fits seamlessly into your meal prep schedule, making home-cooking worries a thing of the past.
5. A family affair -- Not sure what to make for dinner this week? Struggling to find meals that satisfy the whole family? Look no further, because shrimp is here to save the day! Finger-food options like dippable popcorn shrimp or cheesy shrimp quesadillas will have the whole family cleaning their plates and asking for seconds (or thirds, but who’s counting?).
It’s obvious why America’s favorite seafood deserves a standing ovation. Thanks to SeaPak’s restaurant-quality shrimp products, you can give shrimp the attention it deserves by picking up some quick-and-easy options from your local grocery store on your next shopping trip.
Impress your guests and add an extra layer of smoky flavor to backyard favorites with the help of rich and aromatic woodchips with recipes like Brown Sugar Bourbon and Honey Mustard Pork, Spicy Teriyaki Grilled Wings, Memphis Style Ribs, Spicy and Sweet Grilled Steak, Montreal Salmon Rub and Grilled Shrimp Skewers.
Smoke and Spice
6 flavor pairings to amp up summer grilling
(Family Features) The grill is often the star of summer gatherings, from weeknight meals to backyard barbecues and family reunions. Impress your guests and add an extra layer of smoky flavor to backyard favorites with the help of rich and aromatic woodchips. Add to your gas or charcoal grill and create big flavor.
Adding woodchips to your favorite recipes can help highlight distinct flavors for your mains and sides in one simple step. For rich dishes like steak and beef, pair with an intense hickory flavored woodchip. For lighter meats like pork and chicken, pair with subtle, fruit flavored chips like cherry and apple. When it comes to seafood, try pairing with a mild, nutty chip like pecan.
Take these classic McCormick recipes, with simple prep and bold marinades, and add a smoky twist with flavor-forward woodchips.
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