Recipe Spotlight: Tropical Curry Responsible Choice Skipjack Tuna Salad

Add a little tropical warmth to your meal through this Responsible Choice tuna dish, and feel good about your decision to use Hy-Vee Select Solid Light Skipjack Tuna. This canned tuna is part of Hy-Vee’s commitment to healthy oceans.


Tropical Curry Responsible Choice Skipjack Tuna Salad

Serves 4 to 6.

All you need:

Tropical Curry Responsible Choice Skipjack Tuna Salad

  • 1 (4 oz) container Hy-Vee plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 to 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/2 fresh lime, juiced
  • 2 (5 oz each) cans Hy-Vee Responsible Choice Solid Light Skipjack tuna, drained
  • 1 mango, cut in medium dice
  • 1/4 red onion, minced
  • 1/2 red pepper, cut in small dice
  • 2 ribs celery, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped Hy-Vee dried pineapple
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Mixed greens for serving, optional
  • 1/2 cup roasted and salted cashews
  • Lime wedges for serving, optional

All you do:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, curry powder and lime juice. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, add the tuna, mango, red onion, red pepper, celery and dried pineapple. Mix with a fork to combine. Add the yogurt mixture and stir to combine. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
  3. To serve, make a bed of greens on each plate. Top with tuna salad. Garnish with cashews and lime wedges.

Recipe Spotlight: Responsible Choice Alaska Crab, Blood Orange & Farro Salad

With all the New Year’s resolutions being made to eat healthier in 2015, I wanted to share an idea for a healthy crab salad using farro and blood oranges. Farro is a pearled wheat product loaded with fiber and protein. It cooks like rice, but the texture is a bit chewier. Farro takes on flavors well, which makes it a nice variation to add to your diet. Using Hy-Vee Responsible Choice Alaska crab in this recipe makes you feel good about eating healthy and supporting healthy oceans.


Responsible Choice Alaska Crab, Blood Orange & Farro Salad

Serves 4 (1-1/2 cups each).

All you need:

For the vinaigrette:

Responsible Choice Alaska Crab, Blood Orange & Farro Salad

  • 1/2 cup blood orange juice (juiced from blood oranges used in salad)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp minced fennel fronds
  • 1 tsbp stone-ground mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey or agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup Hy-Vee extra virgin olive oil

For the salad:

  • 1 cup Hy-Vee farro, cooked and cooled
  • 2 avocados, cubed
  • 1/4 bulb fennel, sliced thinly
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onions
  • 1/2 diced red pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups cooked Responsible Choice Crab legs, picked from shell (6 to 8 legs)
  • 3 blood oranges, segments removed and set aside (save the pulp for the juice)
  • Mixed greens, for serving

All you do:

To make the vinaigrette:

  1. In a small bowl, add the orange juice, lime juice, black pepper, salt, red pepper flakes, fennel fronds, mustard and honey. Whisk in the olive oil to combine.

For the salad:

  1. In a larger bowl, add the farro, avocado, fennel, red onions, red pepper and parsley.
  2. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the farro and vegetables. Toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add in the crab meat and orange segments. Gently mix to combine.
  4. Place a bed of mixed greens on each of four plates; top each with a mound of the salad mixture.

Recipe Spotlight: Responsible Choice Oysters Rockefeller with Goat Cheese and Kale

The inspiration for this Responsible Choice oyster dish is the wonderful, fun-filled holiday season. This recipe provides a twist on a classic, adding some health benefits with the addition of kale.

I enjoy serving appetizers with a sparkling wine. Enjoy these oysters with a glass of sparkling wine such as Gruet Brut from New Mexico. This wine offers a budget-friendly price and is great for any occasion. Cheers!


Oysters Rockefeller with Goat Cheese and Kale

oystersrocnyeServes 6 (2 oysters each)

All you need:

  • Rock salt
  • 12 fresh Responsible Choice Oysters, on the half shell
  • 2 tbsp Hy-Vee unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp Hy-Vee extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 (4 oz) package Hy-Vee Herbs & Garlic goat cheese
  • 2 tbsp Hy-Vee panko bread crumbs, divided
  • Lemon wedges, for serving
  • Tabasco sauce, optional

All you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Sprinkle a baking pan with rock salt, enough to cover the bottom evenly.
  3. Arrange oysters in the salt to steady them; set aside.
  4. In a sauté pan, heat the butter and olive oil until shimmering.
  5. Add the kale and sauté for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Season with salt. Remove from heat and cool.
  6. Once cooled, mix in the goat cheese.
  7. Top each oyster with 1 teaspoon filling, then sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon panko bread crumbs over kale mixture.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes.
  9. Serve with lemon wedges and Tabasco, if desired.

Recipe Spotlight: Belize Shrimp Tapa with Plantain, Guacamole and Tropical Salsa

As the weather is getting cooler, try warming up with this Caribbean-inspired tapa! The naturally sweet flavor of these Responsible Choice shrimp from Belize don’t need a lot of flavors added. This recipe brings out the natural flavor of the shrimp by using regional flavors of the Caribbean—“What grows together, goes together.”

A 6-ounce portion of shrimp is a great source of high-quality, lean protein and is low-calorie. Shrimp provides 39 grams of protein and contains all of the amino acids that your cells can’t synthesize on their own. By adding shrimp to your diet, you boost your intake of zinc and selenium, which activates the enzymes to help fight cancer growth.

Avocado has great health benefits, too. Half of an avocado contains 7 grams of monounsaturated fat and 1.5 grams of polyunsaturated fat, which are heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Avocados also contain fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate and potassium.

Plantains are related to a banana, but are a vegetable and should never be eaten raw. Plantains contain fiber, beta-carotene, calcium and vitamin k.

Try Modelo Especial from Mexico or a nice crisp Albarino from Spain, to enjoy alongside of this tapa.


Belize Shrimp with Plantain, Guacamole and Tropical Salsa

All you need:

  • Olive oil, as needed
  • 3 plantains, sliced into 1-inch rounds (about 20 pieces)
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 pound raw, E-Z peel Belize shrimp, shells removed
  • Prepared Guacamole, recipe follows
  • Prepared Tropical Salsa, recipe follows

All you do:

  1. In a sauté pan, heat a little olive oil over medium-high heat. Place the cut plantains in the hot oil and brown on both sides. This should take about 4 minutes, but you might have to do this in batches. Remove plantains to a cutting board and cover with parchment or waxed paper.
  2. With a heavy pan, carefully mash the plantains to flatten them slightly. Return to pan and cook again until crisp. Remove from pan and season with a little salt. Keep warm in low oven.

For the shrimp:

  1. In the same pan, add a little olive oil and sauté the shrimp in batches. They will turn bright pink. It should only take about 2 minutes; don’t overcook or the shrimp will be rubbery.

To assemble to tapa:

  1. Spread a thin layer of the guacamole on the plantain, top with one shrimp and garnish with the Tropical Salsa.

Chef Jess’s Guacamole

All you need:

  • 1/4 cup small-diced red onions
  • 4 large Roma tomatoes, seeded and cut in small dice (use more if tomatoes are small)
  • 2 tbsp minced cilantro
  • 1 fresh lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 avocados, cut in small dice

All you do:

  1. In a large bowl, add the chopped onion, tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, garlic and salt. Fold in the avocado. Mash to the consistency that you like.

Tropical Salsa

All you need:

  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 2 mangos, diced
  • Half a red bell pepper, cut in small dice
  • Half a small red onion, cut in small dice
  • 3 tbsp chopped cilantro leaves
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 1 to 2 jalapenos, or to taste, chopped
  • 1 to 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 to 2 tsp cumin, optional
  • 1 to 2 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

All you do:

  1. Add pineapple, mango, red pepper, red onion, cilantro and mint to a bowl. Squeeze the lime juice on top; stir. Season with the cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper to taste; mix in.

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

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

Recipe Spotlight: Two Zesty Ways to Add More Heart-Healthy Responsible Choice Wild Alaska Salmon to Your Diet

Hy-Vee Responsible Choice salmon is still coming in fresh from Alaska. Here are some recipes that add variety as you include heart-healthy, Omega 3 fatty acid-rich salmon into your diet.

With any of these dishes, I would stick to a dry white wine such as a buttery Chardonnay, or Elk Grove Vineyards Pinot Noir Rose 2013.


Coconut Poached Wild Alaska Salmon with Minted Peas and Basmati Rice

Serves 4

All you need:

For the marinade:

  • 2 tbsp red or white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric

For the salmon:

  • 4 (5 oz each) Responsible Choice skin-on salmon portions
  • 1 (14 oz) box Basmati boil-in-bag white rice (2 bags)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-inch piece fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can coconut milk
  • 1 (12 oz) package steam-in-the-bag sugar snap peas
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

All you do:

  1. For the marinade: mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Rub over salmon pieces. Let sit for about 30 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Fill a stock pot with water. Bring to a boil. Add the rice and boil 8 to 10 minutes. When rice is done, remove to a serving dish and fluff with fork. Keep warm.
  3. In a high-sided sauté pan, melt the butter and olive oil together. Add ginger and garlic. Sauté for 1 minute. Add salmon skin-side-down. Crisp the skin a little bit, then flip over and add the coconut milk, just enough to come up halfway to the salmon. Simmer the salmon in the coconut milk until cooked through, 6 to 10 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, steam the snap peas in the microwave. Remove from package. Add mint and salt and pepper. Serve the salmon over the rice with the peas alongside.

Balsamic Glazed Wild Alaska Salmon

Serves 4

All you need:

  • 4 (5 oz each) Responsible Choice salmon portions
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Hy-Vee extra-virgin olive oil
  • Hy-Vee balsamic glaze

What you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Season salmon with a little salt and pepper. Place on a sheet pan. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Bake in oven for about 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. Glaze with balsamic. Serve with wild rice pilaf and fresh vegetables.

Recipe Spotlight: For Lighter Summer Fare, Try Salads and Ceviches with Hy-Vee Responsible Choice Seafood

During the summer months, salads and ceviches are often the main dish. By including Hy-Vee’s Responsible Choice seafood with the lighter fare, you can be assured that you and your family are getting healthy proteins and Omega-3 fatty acids.

The recipes below include one for ceviche (pronounced “seh-VEE-chay”), a Latin American favorite made with raw fish and seafood marinated in citrus juice, primarily lime and lemon juices. Before you wrinkle your nose and purse your lips, keep this in mind: The acid in the citrus juice coagulates the proteins in the fish, effectively cooking the seafood.


Responsible Choice Tuna and Avocado Ceviche

All you need:

  • 3/4 pound Responsible Choice ahi tuna
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1/4 red pepper, cut in small dice
  • 1/2 small red onion, cut in small dice
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp sriracha hot chili sauce, or to taste
  • 1 avocado, cubed*
  • 1 to 2 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
  • Tortilla chips, for serving

All you do:

  1. Dice the tuna into small cubes and place into a glass bowl. Squeeze the limes over the tuna. Add the red pepper, onion, a small amount of salt and black pepper and sriracha. Cover and let marinate for about 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  2. Just before serving, add the avocado and cilantro, and adjust the salt and pepper if necessary. Serve with tortilla chips.
  3.  Chef’s tip: To serve, save the avocado shells and fill with the ceviche.

Grilled Responsible Choice Ahi Tuna Chopped Salad

All you need:

  • 1 pound Responsible Choice sesame crusted tuna, from the Hy-Vee seafood case
  • 2 (12 oz each) bags Dole chopped Asian blend salad
  • 1 small red pepper, diced small
  • 1 to 2 jalapeños, minced
  • 1 small bunch scallions, sliced thinly on a bias
  • 2 mangoes, cut in medium dice
  • 1 (12 oz) bottle Walden Farms sesame ginger vinaigrette

All you do:

  1. Using an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan, grill tuna 2 to 3 minutes per side, not cooked all the way through, as it is best served rare to medium-rare. Remove and keep warm.
  2. In a large bowl, add the chopped Asian Blend, diced red pepper, jalapeños, green onions and mango. Toss with the vinaigrette, just enough to coat the vegetables.
  3. Carefully break the tuna up and fold into the slaw. Serve as a side or as a main course.

Seafood Salad with Strawberry and Watermelon Vinaigrette

All you need

Dressing:

  • 1/4 to 1/2 pound watermelon (to equal 1 cup pureed)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 pound fresh strawberries (to equal 1 cup pureed)
  • 2 tbsp red or white wine or balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp honey, more or less depending on the sweetness of the fruit
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Salad:

  • About 16 ounces Hy-Vee Responsible Choice seafood (salmon, raw shrimp or crab)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • Grapeseed oil or a little olive oil and butter, for sautéing
  • About 8 cups mixed greens
  • 1/2 pound fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 pound fresh watermelon, rind removed, cubed or cut into small triangles
  • 1 English cucumber, seeded and sliced thinly
  • 1/2 small red onion, cut into slivers
  • About 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

All you do:

  1. To make the vinaigrette: In a blender or food processor, add the strawberries and watermelon. (You will need about 1/4 to 1/2 pound of each fruit to equal 2 cups puree.) Strain the mixture.
  2. To the same blender, add the vinegar, honey, lime juice, cilantro, mint and the 2 cups fruit puree. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil. Start with a little oil, and add more if needed. Taste to see if more honey is needed. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. For the seafood: Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Add oil to a hot pan; omit if using crab. If using salmon, cook for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side. For shrimp, cook just until they turn pink, about 3 to 4 minutes. If using crab meat, don’t cook; just add to the salad before serving.
  4. To serve: Place mixed greens on platter or plate. In a decorative fashion, arrange strawberries, watermelon, cucumber, red onion and seafood. Drizzle vinaigrette over the top; add the feta.

Courtesy of Chef Jess (makes about 2 1/2 cups)

Recipe Spotlight: For a Quick, Healthy Meal, Put Responsible Choice Salmon on the Smoker

With everyone on the go this weekend and throughout the summer, smoked salmon is a healthy, quick meal that can be made ahead of time. The leftovers (if you have any) can be used on top of a salad or made into a dip.

At your family’s Fourth of July gathering – or any other time you’re dining al fresco – remember this simple rule: Always keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. When it comes to smoked salmon, you want to make sure that it is not left out for more than an hour or two at the most, and make sure you keep it hot or cold the entire time.

Some types of wood that can be used for smoking salmon are hickory, mesquite, apple wood or cherry wood. Apple chips soaked in apple cider or even a hard cider would give the salmon the essence of apple flavor. By keeping the rub simple, you are able to taste the flavor of the fish. At Hy-Vee, we use a rub with brown sugar, Old Bay, salt and pepper.

I prefer my salmon lightly smoked and cooked to medium rare, so that it still has moisture left in it. If you set your smoker at 220 degrees and smoke your salmon for about 45 minutes, the end result will be just that: moist and delicious. You can enjoy your Responsible Choice smoked salmon straight off the smoker. If you plan on eating your smoked salmon later, it will keep for about a week in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If you’re shopping Responsible Choice, a safe bet is either wild or Alaskan salmon. Some farm-raised salmon is not Responsible Choice.

With the addition of a Cherry, Wild Rice and Quinoa Salad, you have a healthy and balanced meal.

One of my family’s favorite ways of enjoying smoked salmon is for breakfast. We toast an everything bagel, spread cream cheese on it, then top with thick slices of red onion, fresh tomatoes and, of course, the smoked salmon.

The following recipe pairs well with a chilled rose or, for those who prefer beer, Sierra Nevada’s Summertime Ale.

Smoked Salmon Log with Sweet and Spicy Pecans

All you need:

  • 2 (8 oz each) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 pound smoked salmon, flaked
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh dill
  • 2 tbsp minced red onion
  • 1 tbsp prepared horseradish
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup Sweet and Spicy Pecans, recipe follows

All you do:

  1. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Gradually fold in salmon, dill, onion, horseradish and lemon juice.
  2. Place some of the mixture on a piece of waxed paper or plastic wrap. Form a log about 1 inch thick. Place some pecans on another sheet of waxed paper or plastic wrap; roll the log in the pecans until well coated. Twist the ends to seal. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Sweet and Spicy Pecans

All you need:

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, or more if you prefer
  • 2 cups chopped pecans

All you do:

  1. Melt butter in a large pan over medium heat.
  2. Add sugar, seasoning salt, garlic powder, cayenne and pecans; stir until the spices start to give off an aroma, 1 to 2 minutes.

Grilling Hy-Vee Responsible Choice Seafood: Let the Grill Do the Work

Grilling is one of the best ways to prepare Hy-Vee’s Responsible Choice fish and seafood in the summertime, but it also can be intimidating. Fish is so delicate that a few wrong steps can cause the fish to fall apart

Two of the top tips are to touch the fish no more than necessary – let the direct heat of the grill do the work for you – and to start with a clean surface lightly sprayed with Hy-Vee non-stick cooking spray.

Wild salmon, which is coming into our stores fresh from Alaska for the next couple of months, is great on the grill. So are halibut steaks, swordfish and tuna. Other fish can work well with some extra precaution, and I’ll get to that later.

Plank it:

A popular way to prepare wild salmon is to cook it on cedar planks, which adds nice smokiness and a cedar flavor to the fish. To plank salmon, just soak the plank in water overnight.

Or, if you want to infuse some other flavors, try soaking the planks in smoked porter beer or an oaked chardonnay.

Pouch it:

If you don’t want to take a chance of the fish sticking, cook it en papillote, which literally means cooking “in paper.” If you’re using parchment paper, as the French recommend, use medium-high indirect heat. Add a little white wine, some fresh herbs and vegetables or citrus fruits, like lemon, orange or grapefruit, and you’ve got a meal in a bag.

A foil pouch also works. Just make sure you poke a few holes in the foil to allow the smoke flavor to infuse.

Marinate it in alcohol:

An alcohol marinade can release a new flavor sensation, but be sure not to overdo it. Alcohol is great for tenderizing meat, so don’t overdo it – 30 minutes tops, just long enough to infuse the flavor. If the fish is in the marinade too long, especially if it’s an acidic marinade, the proteins can begin to coagulate and the cooking process can begin.

Some combinations to think about include tequila-lime scallops, bourbon and brown sugar-glazed wild salmon, whiskey and brown sugar-glazed wild salmon, and vodka and wild salmon.

Skin on or off:

This is a matter of preference. If you’re going to remove the skin, start with the presentation side down on the grill, and flip it only one time, after about 4 minutes.

If you’re going to leave the skin on, that’s the presentation side and there’s no need to flip it. Just make sure the skin is crispy and not mushy.

Again, you don’t want to mess with it too much. It will release itself from the grill when it is cooked. Moving it around on the grill tears up the flesh.

Other fish:

Catfish, tilapia and some of the more delicate white fishes generally don’t hold up well during grilling, but you can still enjoy them. Hy-Vee sells stainless steel fish baskets that will hold them together.

Whole rainbow trout also works well. Score the skin on both sides and slip citrus and herbs under the skin to add more flavor. Some of the herbs that work well include thyme, tarragon, fennel, dill, rosemary and oregano.

Don’t ever do this:

One thing you never want to do is re-cook shrimp. You can reheat it briefly – 30 seconds tops –  but any more than that will make it a rubbery mess.

A good way to grill raw, deveined shrimp is to skewer, add some lemon and pepper and grill a couple of minutes on each side. Be sure you use some of the larger shrimp available in our seafood cases. Shrimp is not a Responsible Choice at Hy-Vee yet, but we’re working on it and will have shrimp that meets our environmental standards by the end of 2015.

Don’t overcook it:

One of the common mistakes in grilling fish is to overcook it. Here’s a guide:

Fillets (tilapia and catfish): 1/2- to 3/4-inch thickness, medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes

Firm steaks (halibut, wild salmon, tuna, swordfish): 1-inch thickness, medium to medium-high heat, 10 minutes

Lobster tails: 8- to 10-ounce, medium heat, 8 to 10 minutes

Raw shrimp (not a Responsible Choice): 21- to 25-count per pound, medium heat, 4 to 5 minutes; under 10-count per pound, 6 to 8 minutes, medium heat

Farmed scallops, clams, mussels: under 12 per pound, medium heat, 4 to 5 minutes

Recipe Spotlight: Preparing Responsible Choice Seafood with Wine: If You Wouldn’t Drink It, Don’t Cook with It

Cooking Hy-Vee Responsible Choice seafood with wine can add a new dimension to the fish, enhancing flavors and adding new ones.

Remember, it’s only the alcohol content that diminishes when cooking, not the flavor of the wine. A good rule of thumb: If you wouldn’t drink the wine, don’t cook with it. It’s best to avoid wines that are labeled as cooking wine because they are often salty and can incorporate some different herbs and spices that will make your attempts at more adventurous cuisine fall flat.

A few words about this recipe: It uses Aborio rice, an Italian-style rice. Risotto refers to the method in which it is cooked.

Choose a good quality dry white wine, such as a buttery chardonnay.

Another tip: Have everything ready and measured out before you start to cook.


Shrimp Risotto with Peas and Parmesan

Serves 4

All you need:

  • 1/2 cup onion, cut in small dice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 3 tbsp butter, divided
  • 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup white wine, divided
  • 3 cups seafood stock, divided
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups frozen peas, defrosted
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound raw, peeled and deveined (16 – 20 count) Responsible Choice wild-caught Gulf shrimp
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon pepper seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 lemons, 1 zested and juiced and 1 wedged
  • Lemon thyme, for garnish

All you do:

For the risotto:
1. Sauté onion in 2 tablespoons oil and 2 tablespoons butter for 3 minutes. Add rice, cook and stir for 2 minutes.

2. Stir in 1/4 cup white wine and 1 cup stock. Continue cooking and stirring until liquid is absorbed. Gradually stir in the remaining stock, 1 cup at a time, cooking and stirring until liquid is absorbed before adding the next cup.

3. Once liquid is incorporated and rice is el dente, fold in the Parmesan and peas. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm until shrimp are done.

To sauté shrimp:
4. In a large sauté pan, over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil. When the butter is melted, add the shrimp. Season with lemon pepper seasoning and a little salt. Cook for about 2 minutes.

5.  Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Deglaze the pan with remaining 1/4 cup wine. Cook for 1 minute. Add the juice and zest of 1 lemon and continue to cook for another minute.

To serve:
6. Place a bed of risotto on each plate. Top each with 6 to 8 shrimp. Garnish each with thyme and a lemon wedge.