Seafood: “Coming Attractions”

Spring is a great time for seafood! March means that many favorite seafood items are right around the corner. There is a lot to look forward to!

February/March usually brings the peak of crawfish season in the Bayou, providing the best, most tasty crawfish of the year. March also brings us the beginning of the fresh Alaska Halibut season. Fresh Alaska halibut is one of the best fish you can eat all year long. Ask your Hy-Vee fishmonger when he or she expects to get the first fresh Alaska halibut of the season.

March will bring Bairdi crab, which has had a “boom or bust” history. Last year was a bust and the fishery was closed. This year, however, the fishery opened up in late 2017 and we are just now getting product into the stores. If you have never had Bairdi crab, I would encourage you to give it try. It is related to the snow crab, however it tends to be bigger and sweeter in flavor. In fact, many crab-lovers prefer the Bairdi crab to any other crab. You should see this item in-store now.

April brings us 100 percent Natural Wild Gulf Shrimp season, providing us with the best-tasting shrimp anywhere! May means that Wild Alaskan salmon season is just around the corner! It begins with the Copper River fishery opening and the rush of fresh wild Alaskan Sockeye and King salmon.

Spring is in the air and it can only mean that your local Hy-Vee fishmonger will have plenty of in-season seafood options for you to choose from. See you soon!

Shrimp and Corn Soup

All you need:

  • 5 tbsp canola oil
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp parsley, minced
  • 2 pounds shrimp; peeled, deveined and chopped
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 dash hot sauce
  • 1 can of whole tomatoes chopped
  • 1 can whole kernel corn (not drained)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 cups seafood stock
  • salt & pepper, to taste

All you do:

  1. Using a large pot or a Dutch oven, add the oil and flour and cook on medium heat, stirring often, until golden brown.
  2. Add onions and sauté for 10 minutes, stirring often. Add bell pepper, green onion, parsley, cayenne pepper and hot sauce. Then add chopped shrimp, stirring often. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Add canned corn, chopped tomatoes, both stocks and salt & pepper. Simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Enjoy!

Dish On Fish: Seafood Information

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: Mediterranean-Style Baked Tilapia

If you’re ready to take on the Mediterranean-style diet, here are a few recipes that are perfect for all occasions. This Mediterranean-Style Baked Tilapia recipe from Diethood is both easy and elegant, making it ideal for everything from a family meal to an intimate date night. While you enjoy this savory dish, which is generously topped with olives and tomatoes, you can rest easy knowing it’s full of healthy ingredients. A lean white fish, tilapia is low in fat and high in protein. This fish will also help nourish your body with nutrients like potassium, selenium, phosphorus, vitamin B12, vitamin B6 and vitamin D. Pair it with one of your favorite side dishes for the perfect weeknight dinner. How’s that for a balanced meal?

Recipe: https://diethood.com/mediterranean-style-baked-tilapia/

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.

Dish On Fish: Seafood Information

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: Four Elegant Date-Night Seafood Recipes

We all have some simple, go-to seafood meals we rely on, but special occasions are the perfect time to venture out of your cooking comfort zone and try something new! We’ve scoured the Internet for the most elegant seafood meals to serve your special someone. From shrimp and scallops to halibut, salmon and lobster, take your pick!

Looking for more simple seafood meals for two? Head over to last year’s post for further inspiration.

Garlic Orzo Tuscan Shrimp for Two – Zona CooksSriracha-Glazed Seared Scallops – Peas and CrayonsSeafood Fra Diavolo – Host the ToastPan-Seared Halibut with Kentucky Bourbon – Champagne Tastes

Responsible Choice Lobster Tails

When it comes to sourcing Responsible Choice spiny lobster tails, Hy-Vee looks to the mecca of the Caribbean – the Bahamas. The Bahamas are known for their breathtaking beaches and crystal clear waters, but in these waters lies a rich, environmentally responsible source of spiny lobsters. These creatures play a huge role in the economy of the Bahamas and they rely on a strict management process to maintain this resource for future generations to enjoy.

Unlike American lobsters, spiny lobsters have a spiny hard shell for protection and lack large front claws. These warm-water lobster tails are smooth and have a spotted, greenish shell. Their soft texture and delicate flavor make them a favorite among chefs and foodies around the world.

In the Bahamas’ spiny lobster fishery, “condominiums” – or “casitas” – are placed by fisherman on the sea floor. Spiny lobsters seek shelter beneath this protective enclosure. Over time these man-made structures have become a permanent habitat for marine life, including the spiny lobsters. Divers from skiff boats dive down and lift up these condos and harvest lobsters that have a carapace length of at least 3.25 inches. Hooks are used to pull the lobsters out from under the condo. The lobsters are then carried to the surface where they are immediately placed in ice holds on the skiff. Once aboard the skiff, the tails are removed and they’re delivered to the mother-ship. Once full, the ship heads back to the mainland where they are processed, tested, cleaned, graded, frozen and then packed into 10-pound cases for delivery to the United States.

Upon arrival in the U.S., Hy-Vee requires that the lobsters are U.S.D.C. inspected to ensure that they are of the best quality before selling them to our customers to enjoy.

If you’re still in need of a dinner that will “wow” your valentine, stop at your local Hy-Vee seafood counter and ask for these fresh and delicious tails from Bahamas lobsters, which are featured in this week’s ad. You can even share the lobster’s story with your sweetheart and tell him or her that you made a Responsible Choice for them.

American Heart Month: Love Your Heart, Eat Your Seafood

February is American Heart Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness about cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, which remains the leading global cause of death each year.

Seafood Nutrition Partnership aims to reduce the risks of heart disease by educating Americans about the health benefits of seafood and building awareness of seafood’s essential nutritional value. Specifically, eating seafood twice a week has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.

In fact, a Mediterranean diet that includes seafood at least twice a week lowers the risk of heart disease by as much as 30 percent, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.

Omega-3 fatty acids, found in seafood, help your heart in several ways. They curb inflammation in the blood vessels (and the rest of your body). At high doses they also make abnormal heart rhythms less likely and lower your level of blood fats called triglycerides. They can also slow plaque buildup inside the blood vessels.

Additionally, the American Heart Association recommends 1 gram a day of EPA plus DHA for people with heart disease. Eating oily fish is best, but your doctor might recommend a fish oil capsule. If you’ve had a heart attack, a prescription dose of omega-3s may help protect your heart. Some studies show fewer heart attacks and fewer heart disease deaths among heart attack survivors who boosted their levels of omega-3. Click here to learn which fish is the richest in omega-3s.

Take the Pledge to Eat #Seafood2xWk

Eating seafood regularly can help save lives and significantly improve overall health. Consuming two servings each week, as recommended by leading health organizations including the American Heart Association, is an easy way to make a positive commitment to your health and the health of those around you.

Need somewhere to start? Try this salmon recipe that delivers in taste, affordability and omega-3s.

Cumin-Scented Salmon with Black Bean Stew

Serves 4

All you need:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tbsp cumin, ground
  • 1 tbsp coriander seed, crushed
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound salmon filet
  • ¼ cup yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp garlic, chopped
  • 1 poblano pepper, chopped
  • Chili flakes, to taste
  • 1 14.5-oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 15.5-oz can black beans, low sodium
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • green onions, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced

All you do:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a heavy skillet on medium heat.
  2. Mix together cumin and coriander seed; season salmon with spices and salt and pepper. Save some spice mix.
  3. Add salmon to skillet and cook on each side for 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, for the Black Bean Stew, heat remaining oil (1 tablespoon) in another pan and add onion and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Add peppers, chili flakes and saved spiced mix from Step 2. Cook until aroma starts to smell.
  6. Add tomatoes and allow tomatoes to start to sear.
  7. Add black beans and water. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  8. Add cilantro, green onions and lime juice. Add salt and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes.
  9. Place black beans in individual bowls and add salmon portion on top.

From SNP Eating Heart Healthy Nutrition Program
Omega-3 per serving: 500-2000 mg

Dish on Fish: Seafood Information

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: Tuna Four Ways

Here at Dish on Fish, we think the possibilities with tuna are endless. Using canned or pouched tuna makes preparing a lightened-up tuna melt or spicy tuna patties a breeze. Beyond these pouched varieties, using sushi-grade tuna in poke bowls or for a juicy tuna burger is a simple way to craft a healthy meal. With tuna, the possibilities are seemingly endless! To help get you started, we’ve rounded up four simple tuna recipes you can prepare as snacks, lunches or light dinners! While these recipes are easy to make at home, we also encourage you to enjoy dining out on similar dishes. Now, let’s dig in!

Skinny Tuna Melt
Ahi Tuna Burger
5-Minute Spicy Tuna Rolls
Easy Tuna Poke Bowl

Image credit: PopSugar

Pledge to Eat #Seafood2xWk in 2018

January often brings drastic lifestyle changes, such as fad diets and intense exercise routines; but 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. While most people hope to start the New Year on the right foot – or gill, as we like to say – making small changes to your diet with attainable goals and milestones is often the best way to see an impact.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans and leading health organizations suggest eating two servings of seafood per week for optimal health. While only 1 in 10 people are following this recommendation, it’s not hard to make quick and simple changes for a healthier and better you in 2018.

Seafood sits among the highest quality proteins and offers many additional health benefits. It is beneficial in brain development and heart health, improves how women feel during pregnancy, and aids in brain and eye development for children.[1],[2],[3]

Nutritious food and brain health are closely connected. Omega-3 DHA, found in seafood, is abundant in your brain and helps neurons trigger and cells regenerate. It is such an important building block that people with low levels of it have measurably smaller brains!3

Eating seafood twice a week can also reduce risk of heart disease and give more energy throughout the day.1 Eyes depend on omega-3s for optimal function as nearly half of eyes’ light-detecting cell structure is made of omega-3s.

Additional research has shown that when pregnant or nursing moms eat at least two servings of a variety of seafood per week, there are positive benefits for both mom and the baby. Babies have improved brain development[4],[5] and experience higher IQs.[6]

This Italian Tuna Salad is the perfect place to start. It’s easy to make for a lunch or two during the week and packed with veggies and omega-3s.

Italian Tuna Salad

All you need:

  • 1 medium russet potato, cubed
  • 2 5-oz cans of tuna, packed in olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp oregano, dried
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 5-oz bag salad greens, mixed
  • 1 14.5-oz can green beans, low sodium
  • ¼ cup black olives, pitted
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • ¼ cup cherry tomatoes

All you do:

  1. Boil potato for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, drain oil from tuna into a bowl. Set tuna aside.
  3. Into the oil from tuna, add balsamic vinegar and oregano. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix dressing well.
  4. Mix greens with potatoes and green beans.
  5. Add olives, cucumber, tomatoes, tuna and dressing.

Serving suggestion: Serve tuna salad with whole-grain bread.

Take the Pledge to Eat #Seafood2xWk

Eating seafood regularly can save lives and significantly improve overall health. Consuming two servings each week is an easy way to make a positive commitment to your health and the health of those around you. Learn more at seafoodnutrition.org.

[1] Mozaffarian D, Rimm EB. Fish intake, contaminants, and human health: evaluating the risks and the benefits. JAMA. 2006; 296:1885- 99.
[2] Hibbeln JR, Davis JM, Steer C, Emmett P, Rogers I, Williams C, Golding J. Maternal seafood consumption in pregnancy and neurodevelopmental outcomes in childhood (ALSPAC study): an observational cohort study. Lancet. 2007;369(9561):578-85.
[3]  Tan MD, MPH, Z.S. Red blood cell omega-3 fatty acid levels and markers of accelerated brain aging. Neurology. 2012 Feb 28;78(9):658-664.
[4] New Advice: Pregnant Women and Young Children Should Eat More Fish. February 2015. Available at www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm397443.htm.
[5] U.S. Department of Agriculture. Eat Seafood Twice a Week. September 2015. Available at www.choosemyplate.gov/ten-tips-eat-seafood
[6] FDA, Quantitative Assessment of the Net Effects on Fetal Neurodevelopment from Eating Commercial Fish (As Measured by IQ and also by Early Age Verbal Development in Children). June 2014. Available at www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/ucm393211.htm.

Verlasso Salmon

At Hy-Vee, we work with excellent suppliers, including Verlasso. Verlasso offers a more consciously-farmed, premium salmon that meets our high standards of taste and quality.

Verlasso puts the health of its salmon first. The Verlasso crew raises their salmon in the beautiful, pristine waters of Patagonia, Chile. The water is free of pollutants, creating the perfect environment for fish.

The salmon also have lots of room to swim and to grow. Verlasso’s ocean pens are spacious, with fewer than four salmon, which surpasses other producer standards. The pens are widely spaced, and after each harvest period, Verlasso leaves them empty for a period of 3 to 6 months so the water can rejuvenate. The ocean waters are 60 to 80 meters deep, with a strong tidal flow for optimal salmon growth. Verlasso doesn’t use hormones and allows its fish to grow to harvest size over a period of two years.

The company’s salmon are raised and harvested entirely on site, where the company takes pride in being able to track every moment of their lives. Verlasso can trace its fish back seven generations. Once harvested, a gill tag is put on every fillet and whole fish so that customers can learn about the region the fish come from and learn more about the farm.

Verlasso salmon has a bright and delicate flavor. With slightly more fat content than wild salmon and a higher moisture content, the result is a buttery yet firm texture. This extra moisture also makes it delightful to cook. Verlasso’s levels of omega-3 are ideal for a heart-healthy diet. Stop in at your local Hy-Vee and talk with the seafood experts about the quality of Verlasso salmon and try some of this delicious fish!