Dish On Fish: A Guide To Instant Pot

Dish on Fish is an excellent seafood blog where you can explore new seafood recipes and learn relevant, relatable and easy-to-understand health and nutrition information about seafood. Hy-Vee is a partner of the National Fisheries Institute, which sponsors the blog and encourages Americans to eat seafood at least twice a week, as recommended by the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Seafood is a vital part of a healthy diet. Hy-Vee strives to provide customers with high-quality, Responsible Choice seafood and our Seafoodies blog provides detailed information and tips. We want to share Dish on Fish with you so you can find more resources, tips and recipes to help you enjoy seafood and reap its benefits.

From Dish on Fish:

Cooking Seafood in an Instant Pot: A Guide

We’ve been talking a lot about the Instant Pot, and for good reason! This handy culinary appliance is a great resource for simplifying your time in the kitchen.

Personally, we love it because it means there is a lot less hands-on cooking time, freeing you up to do something else like prep a side salad, help your kids with their homework, or, our personal favorite, treat yourself to a well-deserved glass of wine.

To help you get started with cooking seafood in your Instant Pot, here are a few of our best tip and tricks for working with the Instant Pot:

General starter tips:

  • While the Instant Pot cooks about 30% faster than conventional cooking, it’s important to know that just because it’s called an Instant Pot does not mean your meal will cook instantly! Because of the heat-up time and the pressure-release time, the cooking time using an Instant Pot is different than its actual start-to-finish time. It took us a little while to realize that “Instant Pot” is more synonymous with “one pot” than with “instantly made.”
  • For a more accurate start-to-finish time, allow at least 30 additional minutes beyond the recipe’s requirements – or even more, depending on the food being cooked and the volume of it.
  • For recipe inspiration and troubleshooting questions, Facebook groups such as the Instant Pot Communityare great resources.

Seafood-specific tips:

  • When cooking seafood in the IP, the best cooking method is either steaming or stewing, ideally with the original juice being retained.
  • When cooking fish or shellfish, it is helpful to manually release the vent to stop the cooking process, to ensure you don’t overcook.
  • The Instant Pot can cook frozen seafood, which is helpful if you forget to defrost beforehand. When cooking seafood from frozen, add 2 minutes to the cook time. As with all cooking methods, check that the seafood is cooked thoroughly before eating.
  • For a concise guide on seafood cooking times, check out the charts on the Instant Pot website.

 

 

Hy-Vee’s Responsible Choice Seafood Initiative Ranked No. 2 in the U.S.

Greenpeace recently released its 2018 Carting Away the Oceans (CATO) report, ranking Hy-Vee No. 2 out of the 22 largest supermarket chains in the U.S. for its sustainability efforts. Since 2008, Greenpeace has evaluated and ranked supermarkets in the CATO report based on their efforts to protect both the oceans and seafood industry workers.

Hy-Vee was listed as one of the top two retailers in the report, finishing in the “best” category and taking the lead in the “initiatives and transparency” categories. Hy-Vee was evaluated on the sustainability of its seafood in four key areas: policy, initiatives, labeling and transparency, and inventory. Greenpeace noted Hy-Vee’s “rapid ascent in rankings,” as this is only the third time Hy-Vee has been included in the CATO report.

Hy-Vee was praised by Greenpeace for its efforts to address illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing through political advocacy, and participation in industry and NGO-led conversations to identify solutions. Greenpeace also congratulated Hy-Vee on its Responsible Choice canned skipjack and albacore tuna products, which are produced exclusively with tuna caught using environmentally friendly methods.

“Hy-Vee has continued to make significant improvements in recent years on sustainable seafood,” said David Pinsky, senior oceans campaigner at Greenpeace USA. “From ensuring its own brand canned tuna products are more sustainably sourced to avoiding unsustainable seafood like Chilean sea bass and advocating for industry improvements, Hy-Vee sets a high bar for other retailers to follow.”

Hy-Vee’s decision to discontinue selling Chilean sea bass – due to concerns about overfishing and bycatch of threatened or endangered species – also helped improve its ranking, as it’s one of only three top retailers to do so. Hy-Vee’s stance against genetically modified fish was also highlighted as a notable achievement.

Since the report’s inception, many large retailers including Hy-Vee have developed stringent seafood policies. Many of Hy-Vee’s policies are developed in partnership with FishWise, a nonprofit sustainable seafood consultancy that promotes the health and recovery of ecosystems through environmentally and socially responsible business practices.

“Hy-Vee has always set a high bar for sustainable seafood,” said Kathleen Mullen-Ley, project director at FishWise. “Not only does Hy-Vee prioritize sourcing environmentally responsible seafood, but they are proactively tackling some of the toughest challenges in seafood supply chains.”

Greenpeace’s full Carting Away the Oceans report can be found at https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Carting-Away-the-Oceans-10.pdf.

Mt. Cook Salmon

With sustainable practices and traceable fishing methods, Mt. Cook’s approach to environmental care makes it an industry leader. And then, of course, there’s the quality of the fish. The company’s experts prefer to feed the salmon by hand. This allows them to observe the health and well-being of each fish, and ensures the fish are fed at the correct nutritional levels. As a result, the salmon are fit and health0y, have the perfect amount of fat and a delicate texture and clean taste.

Alaskan Fisherman

Meet Captain Darin Gilman, who fishes aboard the FV Redline. He was born and raised in Cordova, Alaska, and is a third-generation Alaskan fisherman. He is one of the fisherman who catches Hy-Vee’s Alaska Halibut, Copper River and Prince William Sound salmon and other species.

Video credit: Copper River Marketing

Meet a Fisherman

Meet Captain Darin Gilman, one of the fishermen who catches Hy-Vee’s halibut, which is available in-store now. He fishes for Alaska Halibut, Copper River and Prince William Sound salmon, among other species. He is a year-round Alaska resident, born and raised in Cordova. He is a third-generation Alaska fisherman.

Photo credit: Copper River Prince William Sound Marketing Association

Pacific Halibut

Pacific halibut is often considered America’s favorite white fish. You can find halibut on restaurant menus and in fresh seafood cases across the country. Alaska Pacific halibut is a mild, delicate and sweet-tasting white fish and is great for grilling at home during the summer. Uncooked, the meat should be almost translucent — not dull, yellowish or dry. When cooked, the snowy-white meat loses its glossy appearance and flakes at the touch of a fork. As an added bonus, its versatility in the kitchen is almost limitless. The thick, meaty flesh holds up well to a number of cooking methods and sauces, and it’s an ideal item to skewer for a summer barbecue.

Hy-Vee is pleased to label Alaska Pacific halibut as a Responsible Choice seafood item. Today, the only legal fishing method for commercial Pacific halibut fishermen is longline gear, aimed at the typical market size for this year’s catch of 10- to 15-pound halibut, which is much smaller than the 500-pound giants these flatfish can sometimes become.

Hy-Vee got its first taste of fresh Pacific halibut the week of opening season on March 26. All of our fish from Alaska are flown via Fed-Ex® overnight from Alaska to the Des Moines International Airport. After going through our U.S. Department of Commerce Inspection process at Perishable Distributors of Iowa (PDI), Hy-Vee stores have the opportunity to receive fresh halibut that has been out of Alaska waters for only 48 hours. That is quite a feat, especially in the Midwest.

Hy-Vee’s halibut is offloaded in Alaska. Photo courtesy of Copper River Seafood.

In general, the Alaska Pacific halibut commercial fisheries, including Hy-Vee’s primary vendor, Copper River Seafoods, are selective in the fish they catch because of the size of the hook needed to harvest such a large fish. Using a large hook generally reduces bycatch of smaller fish. Fishermen use circle hooks to increase catch rates and to improve the survival of any undersized halibut caught and released during commercial fishing. To reduce bycatch of other ground fish, regulations prohibit commercial Pacific halibut fisheries in specific depths and areas off the West Coast.

Although the Alaska Pacific halibut commercial fishery industry has changed substantially over the years, the science-based management of the fisheries has remained constant, sustaining this industry for nearly 100 years. This is another testament to the Alaska fisheries being some the best-managed sustainable fishery industries in the world. Because of its well-managed fisheries and practices, Hy-Vee is proud to label Alaska Pacific halibut with our Responsible Choice logo of approval.

Video credit: Chad Walling-Alaska Fisherman

Clam Chowder Day Recipe

Serves 8

All you need:

  • 15 raw clams (2 to 2-1/2 pounds) or 6 oz canned clams
  • add 5 (8 oz each) bottles clam juice
  • add 10 slices Hy-Vee bacon, chopped
  • add 1/2 Vidalia onion, chopped
  • add 4 tbsp Hy-Vee butter
  • add 1 c. Hy-Vee flour
  • add 5 medium Hy-Vee russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • add 1/2 c. Hy-Vee skim milk
  • add 1/2 c. Hy-Vee half-and-half
  • add 1 tsp Hy-Vee salt
  • add Hy-Vee ground black pepper, to taste

All you do:

  1. If using raw clams, soak in fresh water for 20 minutes. Scrub shells. In a stock pot with lid, bring 1 cup water to boiling. Add clams and steam for 10 to 15 minutes, removing the clams as they open. Discard any that do not open. Remove clams from shells, chop and set aside; discard shells.
  2. Heat clam juice in a large saucepan on medium heat.
  3. Fry bacon in a large skillet until crispy. Remove and crumble bacon, reserving drippings. Add onions to skillet. Cook over medium heat until translucent. Add butter, bacon and flour to onions and cook, stirring continuously, for 5 minutes.
  4. Increase heat on clam juice to medium-high. Add onion mixture to saucepan while whisking continuously. Continue stirring to ensure no lumps form. Add clams and stir. Add potatoes, milk, half-and-half and salt.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 35 minutes, stirring frequently.
  6. Season to taste with black pepper.