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Hy-Vee Supports Fishery Improvements in the Gulf of Mexico and Indonesia, Honors Commitment to Responsible Choice Initiative

by Kathleen Mullen-Ley | Our Efforts | Leave a comment

In a market where consumers are concerned about their food supply – where their food is sourced, the environmental impact and overall quality – Hy-Vee has taken significant strides to improve upon each aspect. As part of Hy-Vee’s Responsible Choice seafood initiative, Hy-Vee is supporting various fishery improvement projects (FIPs) to improve management practices, sustainability and traceability efforts.

What is a FIP? Let’s take a closer look. As defined by the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, a network of organizations to which my organization FishWise belongs, a FIP is a multi-stakeholder effort to improve a fishery that draws upon market forces. Other components for a successful FIP include a work plan and budget, buy-in from stakeholders to make changes and provide funding, and a system in place to monitor progress. Several goals may be established as part of the improvement project. From funding for improved, sustainable gear to increased data collection and certification, retailers can support FIPs in different ways.

Ultimately, Hy-Vee’s goal in supporting FIPs is to ensure each fishery utilizes environmentally friendly practices and provides a safe, quality product for its customers. Hy-Vee wants to be proactive in raising the performance of all the fisheries they source from to meet their Responsible Choice standard for seafood.

Gulf of Mexico Shrimp FIPs
With ninety percent of Gulf shrimp consumed in the United States, the U.S. shrimp industry in the Gulf of Mexico initiated FIPs to ensure it minimized its impact on the environment. Currently, two FIPs are underway in U.S. waters off the coast of Texas and Louisiana for wild-caught brown and white shrimp. Both at Stage 5, creating improvements on the water, each FIP has separate goals.

The Texas Shrimp FIP has two goals: one, to reduce bycatch of non-target species, which can be very high in wild shrimp fisheries; and two, to enforce regulations mandating the use of turtle excluder devices on shrimp trawls. Each goal focuses on improvements for an environmentally conscious catch.

Goals of the Louisiana Shrimp FIP are to create a state Fishery Management Plan and publicize data on bycatch from shrimp trawls and regulations compliance. This type of transparency and responsible management is exactly what Hy-Vee is looking for when considering a supplier.

As part of its commitment to responsibly sourced seafood, Hy-Vee is supporting the improvement projects and sending a strong message to consumers by only purchasing Gulf of Mexico shrimp from supplier Paul Piazza, one of the companies leading FIP activities in both Texas and Louisiana.

Indonesia Snapper and Grouper FIP
Located in the Arafura, Aru and Timor Seas in Indonesia, the Snapper and Grouper FIP is a Stage 3, encouraging improvements in the fishery. The project has three main goals, including support of research to define stock status of Indonesian snapper and promote availability of accurate data; promote traceability to ensure knowledge of origin; and improve overall management of the fishery to encourage sustainable snapper and grouper fishing.

The group of seafood companies executing the FIP recently updated the work plan to indicate progress toward improving the understanding of the species being fished, and promoting legal and responsible fishing methods. This type of commitment and progress is essential for Hy-Vee to continue toward a sustainable future.

As part of the Responsible Choice seafood initiative, Hy-Vee is supporting the Indonesian Snapper and Grouper FIP by only purchasing Malabar snapper from North Atlantic, a supplier heavily involved in the improvement project.

By showing support of suppliers actively participating in FIPs, Hy-Vee is acknowledging and rewarding these organizations for their continuous improvements in sustainability, traceability and environmental stewardship. Hy-Vee’s Responsible Choice seafood initiative is more than an idea; it is a promise to customers. Hy-Vee’s commitment is executed through each purchasing decision and reflects the standards set within the Responsible Choice initiative.

From the Pacific to Your Plate: Ecuadorian Mahi Mahi meets Responsible Choice Standards

by John Rohrs | Our Efforts | Leave a comment

As one of the primary consumers of mahi mahi, other than people in areas of the Caribbean, U.S. residents have developed a taste for this lean, tropical fish. Hy-Vee is pleased to meet our customer demand by offering wild-caught mahi mahi in our cases daily. By partnering with Southstream Seafoods, Inc., Hy-Vee honors our Responsible Choice seafood initiative to provide a great-tasting product, while also paying close regard to food safety and the environment.

Founded in 1989, Southstream Seafoods was selected as Hy-Vee’s mahi mahi supplier for various reasons, including quality of product, responsible catch methods and management processes. Most important, Southstream, like Hy-Vee, recognizes consumer demand for confidence in quality and food safety.

Hy-Vee’s mahi mahi is sourced from the Ecuador coast using artisanal longlines, which are shorter than industrial longlines and thus prevent the accidental capture of non-target species like endangered sea turtles and sharks. The first step in the process, responsible catch methods are essential to promote environmental stewardship.

Once caught, the mahi mahi is landed alive and frozen within hours to maintain quality texture and flavor. Each fillet is then hand-cut for portion and quality control. From there, the product is shipped to and packaged in Everett, Massachusetts, and transported on refrigerated Hy-Vee trucks. Upon arrival in Des Moines, the fish is carefully reviewed by the full-time U.S. Department of Commerce inspector to ensure all quality, wholesomeness and weight requirements are met.

As an added benefit, once the mahi mahi hits your plate, it is low in saturated fat and a good source of vitamin B12 and B6, phosphorus, potassium, protein, niacin and selenium. It is known for its lean, firm and large flakes, mild flavor and usage in fish tacos.

Hy-Vee’s partnership with its suppliers extends beyond supply and demand. Our promise to provide a quality product you can feel safe feeding your family, while also remaining responsible stewards of the environment, is displayed through our Responsible Choice initiative. At Hy-Vee, we only partner with suppliers who exemplify the same sentiment as we hold that commitment to our customers with the utmost regard.

Recipe Spotlight: Versatile and Protein-Packed, Hy-Vee Features Responsible Choice Yellowfin Tuna Steaks with an Asian Flair

by Andrew Kintigh | Recipes | Leave a comment

If you’re looking for a heart-healthy alternative that has plenty of protein power, yellowfin tuna steaks are a great, low-fat option. Sourced from Soho Foods, LLC, the handline-caught and Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) Green-rated “Best Choice” tuna falls right in line with Hy-Vee’s Responsible Choice initiative when it comes to traceability and quality.

Highly versatile and filling enough to replace beef or pork for a weekly meal, here is one of my favorite yellowfin tuna options:

Seared Yellowfin Tuna Steaks with Asian Slaw

Serves 4

All you need

For the yellowfin tuna steaks:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 sesame-encrusted yellowfin tuna steaks

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 3 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp mirin or white wine
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the slaw:

  • 1 cup thinly sliced Napa cabbage
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 1 cup julienned carrots
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced bok choy
  • 1/2 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup julienned snap peas
  • 1/2 cup julienned green onions

All you do

  1. Place a thick-bottomed frying pan on medium-high heat, until very hot. Add 2 tablespoons oil, and sear the tuna steaks for about 2 minutes per side (medium-rare), or until desired doneness is reached. Remove tuna from the pan and chill until ready to serve.
  2. In a small saucepan,n add 2 tablespoons olive oil, ginger and garlic; sauté until lightly brown. Add brown sugar, soy sauce and mirin. Simmer for 5 minutes and remove from heat. When cool, whisk in remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, sesame oil and rice wine vinegar; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all vegetables; slowly add enough dressing to lightly coat the slaw; season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. To serve, slice tuna steaks on the bias, and plate each with equal amounts of slaw.

Certified, Individually-Selected and Fresh: Hy-Vee offers a Responsible Choice for Lobster

by John Rohrs | Our Efforts | Leave a comment

One of our most popular crustaceans, lobster has always been a hot, international commodity. And as trends in the Midwest turn to increased seafood consumption, 15 to 17 pounds per capita per year, at Hy-Vee, we believe it is our responsibility to provide the same quality and traceability for seafood as we do for all other commodities.

To honor this promise, Hy-Vee began our Responsible Choice seafood initiative. From there, steps to ensure traceability and sustainability fell into place for lobster when we began our partnership with Mazzetta Company to procure Tristan rock lobster.

Why Tristan rock lobster over other lobster fisheries? Located 1,500 miles to the southwest of Cape Town, South Africa, Tristan da Cuhna is known as the most isolated inhabited group of island on Earth. Fewer residents and businesses mean less pollution ends up in the ocean around the islands. In addition, the lobster fishery has longstanding credibility in the world of seafood. Established in 1948, the Tristan rock lobster fishery has been a champion for the environment and implemented numerous practices to ensure responsible fishing, quality control and sustainability.

In June 2011, the Tristan lobster fishery attained certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) demonstrating the fishery is managed in a way that does not lead to overfishing, maintains the health and productivity of the wider marine ecosystem, and has an effective management system in place.

The entire certification process is complex, public and rigorous, including seven detailed steps. In fact, Tristan rock lobster is one of only eight fisheries in the world certified by MSC for lobster sales and distribution. From an assessment and stakeholder meetings to client and public review, certification is an admirable achievement and helps us rest assured that sustainability and traceability are priorities throughout the entire supply chain – from the catch to your plate.

In addition to the shore-based facilities, the Tristan rock lobster fishery harvests from neighboring islands of Gough, Nightingale and Inaccessible with a factory freezer vessel, utilizing a long line multi-trap method. All systems operate under a traceability system to track MSC certified seafood through processing as whole cooked frozen, whole raw frozen, whole raw frozen sashimi, raw frozen tails or raw frozen heads.

The final product is then transshipped to Cape Town prior to shipment to the USA.

In addition to the MSC approved practices, Tristan rock lobster has a quality taste, reflecting the care and standards utilized throughout the process. Carefully selected, quickly frozen and individually wrapped, Tristan lobster offers the same benefits available in most seafood – high in amino acids, potassium and magnesium, vitamins, calcium, iron and zinc.

Hy-Vee is proud to partner with an upstanding fishery that places the same value on food safety, traceability and environmental consciousness. Through the Responsible Choice seafood initiative, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our transparency and hold not only ourselves, but also our suppliers, accountable for the quality of product we offer.

Hy-Vee Sets a New Standard When It Comes to Local – Sourcing Hybrid Striped Bass and Barramundi from the Heartland

by John Rohrs | Our Efforts | Leave a comment

Authored by John Rohrs & Kathleen Mullen-Ley

In a country that imports over 90 percent of its seafood, it’s rare to find a restaurant or grocery store that sources its seafood locally. However, with Hy-Vee’s Responsible Choice seafood program, we are doing just that by achieving the highest standards, keeping a close eye on environmental stewardship and upholding accountability to our customers.

Regarding the fresh hybrid striped bass and barramundi in our case daily, the local story begins with a family-owned and operated company in Blairsburg, Iowa – Iowa’s First. Hy-Vee learned about the forward-thinking style of raising seafood inland and jumped at the opportunity to transition from international sources to a local partner. And the benefits are endless.

Encouraged by FishWise, our nonprofit sustainable seafood partner, to utilize land-based aquaculture systems, Hy-Vee is proud to partner with another environmentally conscious company as part of our Responsible Choice initiative. Land-based aquaculture systems mitigate or eliminate many of the negative impacts to the surrounding environment typical of traditional ocean-based aquaculture systems and minimize biosecurity risks.

Sourcing from a local, land-based fish farm also leads to exemplary traceability. In fact, in a land-based system, each fish is observed and handled with care from the farm to your plate. Ongoing efforts to improve the quality of product are constant. For example, this summer Iowa’s First implemented a new system of LED lighting to simulate sunrise and sunset times, which is key to improving feeding time and managing stress levels of the fish.

Iowa’s First utilizes a flow through system to remove waste properly that ensures the system remains clean without the use of antibiotics. This is done by using a series of tanks to warm and oxygenate water, which is then circulated through various filters to collect waste and convert the waste’s ammonia to nitrates. Any wastewater remaining is sent to a nearby lagoon and later used to irrigate fields near the facility.

In addition to the safe, local practices, hybrid striped bass and barramundi have received a “Best Choice” or Green Rating from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program and a ringing endorsement for health from Dr. Oz.

“Free of mercury, but full of heart–and brain–healthy omega-3s, barramundi is a shoe-in for one of my top 5 superfoods. Bonus: the white meat is light, flaky and delicious,” says Oz.

Hy-Vee’s partnership with Iowa’s First is a great opportunity for us to support local business and community, all while offering a safe, traceable product for our customers. We are proud to offer fresh, quality seafood and will continue to look for ways to improve these efforts.

Recipe Spotlight: Versatile Alaska Crab is Good in Light Summer-Time Fare & Hearty Fall Boils

by Andrew Kintigh | Recipes | Leave a comment

During the transition from summer to fall, what to eat can be as confusing as what to wear. Jacket or short sleeve shirt? Hearty soup or lighter fare?

Here are two recipes using Hy-Vee’s Responsible Choice Alaska crab to get you through the in-between season. One is light and fresh; the other is a hearty boil that uses of end-of-harvest sweet corn, potatoes and onions.


Alaskan Crab Lettuce Wraps

Makes 8 lettuce wraps.

All you need:

Dressing:

  • 1 tbsp diced shallot
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Salad:

  • 1 pound cooked crab meat, diced
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and diced
  • 1 mango, peeled and small diced
  • 2 stalks celery, small diced
  • 1/4 cup small diced red bell pepper
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 8 Bibb lettuce leaves from 1 head

All you do:

  1. Whisk shallot, lemon juice, lime juice, olive oil and cilantro together in a bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Combine crab meat, avocado, mango, celery, red bell pepper and green onions in another bowl.
  3. Pour just enough dressing over the salad ingredients to lightly coat. Toss gently.
  4. Place 2 tablespoons salad onto each lettuce leaf and roll in wraps. Serve immediately.

Louisiana Style Shrimp and Crab Boil

Serves 6 to 8.

All you need:

  • 4 gallons water
  • 2 heads garlic, unpeeled
  • 5 fresh bay leaves
  • 9 oz Zatarain’s dry crab boil
  • 2 tbsp Zatarain’s liquid shrimp and crab boil
  • 2 (12 oz each) bottles Baraboo Pale Ale
  • 2 large oranges, halved
  • 3 large lemons, halved
  • 1 1/2 pounds baby red potatoes, washed
  • 1 1/2 pounds baby Yukon gold potatoes, washed
  • 1 pound Andouille sausage, sliced on the bias every 2 inches
  • 15 (3-inch) sections fresh sweet corn
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 2 pounds crawfish, thawed
  • 1 pound Jonah crab claws, thawed
  • 1 pound Alaska king crab claws, thawed
  • 2 pounds Gulf shrimp, thawed
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  • Lemon wedges and cocktail sauce, for serving

All you do:

  1. Heat in a 10-gallon stockpot over high heat.
  2. Add garlic, bay leaves, dry crab boil, liquid crab boil, beer, oranges and lemons. Cover and bring to a boil.
  3. Add potatoes; cover and boil 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat about 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add sausage, sweet corn and onions to stockpot; cover and boil for 5 minutes.
  5. Add crawfish, crab claws and shrimp; boil for 2 to 3 minutes or until shrimp are pink. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Transfer all ingredients to an oversize platter or large baking sheet and serve with lemon wedges and cocktail sauce, if desired.

Clear Springs Rainbow Trout Sets the Industry Standard for Aquaculture

by Kathleen Mullen-Ley | Our Efforts | Leave a comment

As FishWise helps Hy-Vee develop the strategies necessary to meet its commitment to customers to responsibly source its fresh and frozen Hy-Vee fish and seafood by the end of 2015, we’ve come across some incredible sustainability success stories.

One of the best comes from Clear Springs Trout Farm. I met them at the Seafood Expo North America, formerly known as the Boston Seafood Show. That vendor in particular is doing a great job, and they produce a ton of fish. It’s domestic and not imported, and is produced fairly close to Hy-Vee stores, so it has a low carbon footprint compared to some other species.

Visiting one-on-one with vendors and forming the relationships that are so important in advancing the Responsible Choice policy, I had the chance to learn a little more about an operation that is truly a model for aquaculture – and produces some delicious trout.

The trout are farmed in land-based raceways with a closed containment system that has earned a Green “Best Choice” rating from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. There’s also no evidence of large-scale escapes, indicating the raceway systems are effective in containing farmed fish from wild trout populations. Disease risk to wild populations isn’t a major concern – though a lack of data suggests that it should be studied more.

The flow-through raceway system uses continuously flowing pristine spring water. The waste is managed very well. The raceways are designed so waste settles at the bottom and is easy to clean out, so it doesn’t end up going into any nearby bodies of water. The risk of pollution is low.

The feed is Yellow Rated by Seafood Watch because some fish oil and fish meal from wild fisheries are used, but it’s a relatively low amount.

Clear Springs Rainbow Trout is a fish people can feel good about eating because it’s such a model for other aquaculture species. I would encourage people to try it; it’s more robust than some fish, but good for someone with an adventurous palate. It has a delicate texture and is a good substitute for less sustainable species like haddock or snapper.

For some ideas on how to prepare this tasty fish, click here for two delicious rainbow trout recipes.

Recipe Spotlight: Hy-Vee’s Responsible Choice Rainbow Trout Stars in Cajun Seasonings, Lemon Caper Sauce

by Andrew Kintigh | Recipes | Leave a comment

One of my favorite Responsible Choice items in the Hy-Vee seafood case is Idaho rainbow trout from Clear Springs Foods – definitely the leaders in the industry for sustainable trout.

As part of our commitment to responsibly source all of our fresh and frozen Hy-Vee brand fish and seafood by the end of 2015, Clear Springs is the only rainbow trout supplier we’re featuring now.

Rainbow trout is low in fat, high in nutrients and is versatile, so it can be prepared many ways. Here are a couple of my favorites:


Cajun Rainbow Trout

All you need:

Cajun Seasoning

  • 2 tbsp Spanish paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Trout:

  • 4 (6 oz each) Responsible Choice rainbow trout fillets (1/2-inch thick)
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • lemon wedges, as needed

All you do:

  1. For seasoning: mix all the ingredients together to create a spice rub, to be used in the preparation of the fish. The recipes makes enough seasoning for use a second time.
  2. Preheat the broiler.
  3. Pat fillets dry and lightly brush both sides with oil.
  4. Sprinkle both sides evenly with Cajun seasoning.
  5. Place skin-side-down on broiler rack.
  6. Broil 4 to 6 inches from heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.
  7. Arrange on a platter; sprinkle with parsley and chopped green onion. Serve with lemon wedges.

Lemon Caper Rainbow Trout

All you need:

  • 2 (4 oz each) Responsible Choice rainbow trout fillets, skin removed
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp whole butter
  • 1 tbsp capers, drained and roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped shallots
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon

All you do:

  1. Heat a heavy pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Season fish on meat side with salt and pepper. Lightly dredge fish in flour and shake off excess.
  3. When pan is hot, add oil. Place fish in pan; keep moving pan to prevent the fish from sticking. Cook until a crust forms on meat. Carefully turn fish over and finish cooking. Remove and keep warm.
  4. To make the sauce, remove the oil from the pan, add 2 tablespoons butter and sauté the capers, shallots and garlic. Remove pan from the heat, add lemon juice and stir. Season with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over fish and serve.

Concerned About Where Your Food Comes From? So Are We. There’s No Need To Bypass Hy-Vee Select Private Label Tuna

by Mike Smith | Our Efforts | Leave a comment

Canned tuna has been part of Americans’ diets since the turn of the 20th century. But it didn’t really become a staple until years later when new fishing and dressing methods made it easier to catch a big, 40-pound tuna and remove excess oil that gave the fish a pungent odor that many people found objectionable.

After that, there was no curbing Americans’ appetite for tuna – until recently, that is.

From 1950 to 2000, tuna (mostly canned) was the most popular seafood in the United States. At the peak of its popularity, 85 percent of American households had at least one can of tuna in their cupboards. But last year, per capita consumption of tuna dropped to a 15-year low, according to USDA data and other studies cited recently by The Washington Post.

The article cites numerous reasons consumers are passing over canned tuna, most stemming from their growing awareness about how their food is raised and harvested. Consumer concerns range from overfishing to bycatch of other species, including the beloved dolphin.

At Hy-Vee, we share those concerns and have proactively addressed them with Hy-Vee Select Private Label Tuna, our overall commitment to sustainable seafood, and our Responsible Choice seafood initiative.

Our Select Private Label Tuna comes with a guarantee you won’t find with most major-label brands. Much of the canned tuna on the market today is caught using industrial scale purse seines and longlines, which result in high levels of bycatch of non-target species, such as dolphins, sharks, turtles and other marine life.

That was a big concern for Hy-Vee, so we looked to FishWise to help us develop two private-label canned tuna lines. Our new “Chunk Light” and “Solid or Chunk White” canned tunas are among the most progressive canned tuna offerings of any major retailer.

Our Chunk Light, which is pole and line-caught skipjack tuna, is especially impressive, given that the Monterey Bay Aquarium says it is the most sustainable option for any canned tuna.

The Solid or Chunk White is pole-and-troll caught albacore tuna (pole-and-troll are the two most selective albacore fishing methods), which results in very little bycatch.

The latter is also sourced from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries in the United States and New Zealand. We are quite proud to offer both of these sustainably sourced canned tuna products which are big steps forward in our efforts to responsibly source all our fresh and private label seafood by the end of 2015.

So, consumers can reach for a package of Hy-Vee Select Private Label Tuna with the confidence of knowing that we’re as concerned as they are about the health of the world’s oceans and the species that depend on them for survival.

Recipe Highlight: Hy-Vee Responsible Choice Seafood for any Occasion

by Jessica Dolson | Recipes | Leave a comment

The following three recipes show how versatile Hy-Vee Responsible Choice seafood can be, whether you’re planning an intimate dinner party, snuggling up near a fire on a cool autumn night or planning a down-home party on the bayou.

Any of these dishes pair well with a dry white wine such as a buttery Chardonnay or Elk Grove Vineyards Pinot Noir Rose, 2013.


Herb-Panko Encrusted Baked Cod with Lemon Butter Sauce

Serves 4

All you need:

  • 4 (5 oz each) portions fresh or frozen cod fillets
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard, divided
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 (4 oz) stick unsalted butter, melted

All you do:

For the fish:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Pat dry the fish fillets with a paper towel and set aside.
  3. Mix the panko, lemon pepper seasoning, salt, thyme and parsley together in a rimmed dish.
  4. Spread one-fourth of the mustard on top of each fish fillet, then dip the top of fish into panko mixture, pressing lightly to help it stick. Transfer the fish to the baking sheet.
  5. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

For the sauce:

  1. While fish is baking, place the lemon juice in a small saucepan on medium heat.
  2. Melt the butter separately.
  3. Slowly drizzle the melted butter, a little at a time, into the lemon juice while whisking until slightly thick.
  4. Serve with the fish.

For a side dish, try whole grain brown rice and crispy kale.


Seafood in Spicy Broth

All you need:

  • 1/4 cup Hy-Vee olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp dried crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup dry white wine, such as Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2012
  • 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 24 small littleneck clams (about 2 1/2 pounds total), scrubbed
  • 24 farmed mussels (about 1 1/2 pounds total), debearded
  • 20 Responsible Choice sea scallops, washed, dried and cut in half
  • 1/2 cup fresh torn basil leaves
  • French baguette from the Hy-Vee Bakery

All you do:

  1. Heat the oil in a heavy large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic, bay leaf and crushed red pepper, Sauté until the garlic is fragrant, for 1 minute.
  3. Add the wine and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Simmer until the tomatoes begin to break down, about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the clams. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in the mussels. Cover and cook until the clams and mussels open, about 5 more minutes.
  7. Using tongs, transfer the opened shellfish equally to 4 serving bowls. Discard any shellfish that do not open.
  8. Add the scallops and basil to the simmering broth. Simmer for about 2 minutes.
  9. Discard the bay leaf. Divide the scallops and broth among the bowls and serve with warm bread.

Molly’s Blackened Catfish Recipe

This is one of those recipes that requires a little bit of prep work and some patience, but the wait and the work are definitely worth it. This is another example of how versatile this fish can be. Try this at your next feast for family or friends.

All you need:

  • 2 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 2 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1 tsp whole thyme leaves
  • 4 catfish fillets (total weight about 3 pounds)
  • 1/2 stick (2 oz) butter
  • 1/4 cup Hy-Vee olive oil

All you do:

  1. Mix paprika, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and lemon pepper together. This can be made ahead and stored in a lidded jar.
  2. Heat a black iron frying pan for at least 10 minutes over very high heat.
  3. Cut each of the fillets in half. Melt the butter and mix with the olive oil
  4. Place the spice mix on a plate.
  5. Dip the fish into the butter and oil and then dredge on both sides in the spice mix.
  6. Fry in a very hot pan just a few minutes on each side.

Source: Camp Cook

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