Recipe Spotlight: Sweet Chili Soy Wild Salmon featuring Responsible Choice Copper River Sockeye Salmon

For a quick and easy recipe featuring some of the best wild salmon available, try my Sweet Chili Soy Salmon. When you use Responsible Choice Copper River Sockeye Salmon, you know you are enjoying a delicious and nutrient-dense dinner.


Sweet Chili-Soy Wild Salmon

All you need:

  • 1 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 4 (6 oz each) Copper River Sockeye salmon pieces

All you do:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the sweet chili and soy sauces. Pour over salmon in a dish. Cover, refrigerate and let it marinate for at least 2 hours, but best overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place salmon on a baking sheet. Bake about 12 to 15 minutes or until salmon is cooked through, an internal temperature of 165 degrees. When the salmon is ready, it will be opaque and flaky.

Responsible Choice Copper River Wild Sockeye Salmon

If you enjoy delicious, quality wild salmon—Hy-Vee has great news to share. We have a large amount of Copper River sockeye salmon for our frozen supply this year, allowing us to offer it to you year-round. These fish originate from the world-famous Copper River, famous for the best salmon available anywhere. It’s all Responsible Choice and a testament to our commitment to responsibly source all fresh and Hy-Vee brand fish and seafood.

The Copper River or Ahtna River is a 300-mile river in south-central Alaska in the United States. It drains a large region of the Wrangell Mountains and Chugach Mountains into the Gulf of Alaska. It is known for its extensive delta ecosystem, as well as for its prolific runs of wild salmon, which are among the most highly prized stocks in the world. It is the tenth-largest river in the United States, as ranked by average discharge volume at its mouth. The longer the river, the richer the salmon!

Hailing from the swift, icy waters of Alaska’s Copper River are world-renowned king and sockeye salmon. It can be argued that Alaska’s Copper River sockeye are the finest sockeye salmon in the world. These amazing fish have an extremely high fat content, a high heart-healthy omega-3 content, and a rich flavor and deep ruby-red color. Copper River sockeye have a higher-than-average oil content due to the swift, cold waters of this mighty river.

Because this salmon is from Alaska, where sustainability of the seafood industry – the state’s largest employer – is so important it’s written into the state Constitution, our customers also have the satisfaction of knowing that the salmon comes from the best-managed fisheries in the world.

Recipe Spotlight: Autumn “Cioppino”

Cioppino is a fish stew originating in San Francisco, California. It is a rich, hearty, Italian broth-based stew that features seafood—in this case, clams, mussels, crabmeat shrimp, salmon and Responsible Choice mahi mahi,. For this recipe, I adapted the cioppino to fit the autumn season by adding several seasonal root vegetables. Enjoy this dish with family and friends, as it’s perfect for a cool fall night and pairs wonderfully with the crusty artisan breads available in our Hy-Vee bakery.


Autumn “Cioppino”

Serves 4

All you need:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups diced butternut squash
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 large shallots, chopped
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3/4 tsp dried crushed red pepper flakes, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 (28 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
  • 3 cups fish stock
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • 1 pound littleneck clams, scrubbed
  • 1 pound mussels, scrubbed, debearded
  • 1 1/2 cups crabmeat
  • 1 pound uncooked 16- to 20-ct. wild Gulf shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 pound fresh farmed raised Scottish salmon filets, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1/2 pound Responsible Choice previously frozen mahi mahi filets, cut into 2-inch chunks

All you do:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a very large pot over medium heat. Add the fennel, butternut squash, carrot, celery, onion and shallots and sauté until the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Add the garlic and 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes and sauté 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste. Add tomatoes with their juices, wine, fish stock, vegetable stock, bay leaf and thyme sprig. Cover and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until the flavors blend and squash is tender, about 30 minutes.
  2. Add the clams and mussels to the cooking liquid. Cover and cook until the clams and mussels begin to open, about 5 minutes. Add the crab, shrimp, salmon and mahi mahi. Simmer gently until the fish and shrimp are just cooked through, and the clams are completely open, stirring gently, about 5 minutes longer (discard any clams and mussels that do not open). Season the soup, to taste, with more salt and black pepper. Remove the bay leaf.
  3. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with crusty artisan baguette bread.

Recipe Spotlight: Mt. Cook Alpine King Salmon Fillets

As the nights become cooler, many people look for comfort foods to enjoy. This recipe not only provides delicious comfort food, but it’s rich and hearty. Although simple to prepare, the combination of ingredients will impress your guests.

My store’s dietitian agrees that this recipe is heart-healthy because of the salmon, white beans and kale. Mt. Cook salmon itself is incredibly healthy. The omega-3 fatty acids in this fish are comparable to wild-caught salmon, and have three times the amount of omega-3 oils as Atlantic salmon and in comparison, has very low intramuscular fat.

One of the best options in the Hy-Vee seafood case is Mt. Cook Alpine salmon.


Roasted Mt. Cook King Salmon with White Bean Ragout

Serves 4

All you need:

  • 4 (6 oz each) Mt. Cook king salmon fillets, skin removed
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 tbsp chopped shallots
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 leaves kale, stem removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup thinly sliced portobello mushrooms
  • 2 (15 oz each) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup chicken stock, divided, as needed
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp butter

All you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Season both sides of the salmon fillets with salt and pepper and place in a greased baking dish. Place in oven and roast for 10 to 12 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan, over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon oil. Add the shallots, garlic, kale and mushrooms; season with salt and pepper. Cook until the mushrooms and kale start to wilt, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add the white beans and ¾ cup chicken stock; season again with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 to 6 minutes until slightly thickened, but beans still retain their shape (can add more or less stock to achieve desired consistency). Stir in the Parmesan cheese and butter.
  5. To serve, place equal amounts of the bean ragout on each of four plates and top with the salmon fillets; serve immediately.

Hy-Vee Now Offers “Harmoniously Raised” Verlasso Salmon to Customers

salmon netting

Salmon, widely considered a “superfood” based on its abundant health benefits, is a popular item among customers. Hy-Vee now offers Verlasso salmon, an ocean-farmed, eco-friendly fish that is raised to promote balance between our nutritional needs and our obligation to the environment.

Raised in the Chilean ocean waters off the coast of Patagonia, Verlasso is considered a premium salmon, abundant in taste and nutrients. Salmon get omega-3s from their diets. In the wild, these omega-3s come from small oily fish like herring and anchovies. Verlasso’s sustainably farmed salmon are fed a diet in which omega-3s come from yeast, which reduces dependence on forage fish—and helps preserve their wild populations.

Verlasso Salmon

Verlasso Salmon

The company’s unique model of aquaculture, which includes fewer fish per pen, and thus a reduced impact on water quality and sediment, emphasizes balance with nature. In 2013, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program rated Verlasso salmon as a “Good Alternative,” which is the first and only time an ocean-farmed salmon has been named to this list. Because of this classification, this item qualifies as a Hy-Vee Responsible Choice item. Currently this is the only farm-raised salmon that we purchase that can receive this logo.

“Harmoniously raised” is Verlasso’s approach to sustainable salmon farming. The goal is to maintain harmony and balance with nature, which means keeping the demand for salmon in line with more environmentally conscious fish farming techniques. The intention is to reduce depletion of precious resources, protect local biodiversity and ensure the prime health of Verlasso farmed salmon.

Verlasso is a brand and trademark of AquaChile. AquaChile and DuPont formed a collaboration that combines the expertise of the companies to identify how to raise fish sustainably to provide nutritious protein for a growing population.

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)

Only 6 Months Old, Hy-Vee’s Responsible Choice Seafood Initiative is Already a Success Story

Six months into Hy-Vee’s Responsible Choice seafood program – our pledge to responsibly source all fresh and Hy-Vee brand seafood by the end of 2015 – we’re ahead of where we thought we would be.

We’re not the only ones who think so. Greenpeace USA ranked us No. 5 among the country’s top 26 retailers for our efforts in its Carting Away the Oceans: 2014 Rankings of Seafood Sustainability in U.S. Supermarkets report. That’s quite an accomplishment, and it’s the people who work at Hy-Vee and Perishable Distributors of Iowa (PDI) who give me the confidence to say that at this time next year, we will have made good on our pledge.

Some reasons:

Behind-the-scenes work building on already solid relationships with our partners for two years made for a smooth roll-out of the initiative earlier this year. We made sure our vendors were on board and all of our suppliers were on the same page as far as understanding what kind of product we need to meet the goals of our Seafood Procurement Policy.

One big surprise was how willing our vendors were to change with us. We’ve never had a procurement policy as strict as this one, but we found that suppliers are looking ahead at their futures as well. They are as interested as we are in doing the right thing to protect the oceans and the marine life that depend on them for survival.

Another surprise was that we only had to drop a few suppliers. We were afraid going into this initiative that we might have to abandon some long-standing relationships, but that wasn’t the case.

The few we did have to drop because their products just couldn’t be purchased under our Policy – a last resort – were very low-volume suppliers of specialty items.

One of the benefits of this program is that issues that were only whispered about are now front of mind among our employees and customers. It was an “out of sight, out of mind” type thing.”

We’ve heard about the issues affecting the world’s oceans, but may not have taken the risks all that seriously. As a result of this initiative, we’ve all become more aware of what is going on and we truly understand the issues fisheries deal with and how they’re engaged in doing the right thing.

There are still some challenges with some species, and educating the public about farm-raised salmon is one of the biggest ones. It’s a hot topic among consumers, and what they primarily hear is negative.

They’re not aware of all the good the farm-raised salmon industry has done to protect wild species. Salmon is one of the most sought-after seafood species in the world, and wild stocks can’t begin to cover the demand.

It’s a matter of increasing consumer awareness.

Implementing a holistic Responsible Seafood Program isn’t something you flip a switch on overnight. But overall, we’ve done a great job and achieved great success in a short time.

Recipe Spotlight: Using Responsible Choice Alaska Seafood Will Make You Forget What You Think You Know About Salmon Burgers

Forget what you think you know about wild salmon burgers. That flat-tasting concoction Grandma mixed up with some crushed crackers and eggs, then fried to a hard crust in a pan of, gasp, lard is so old school.

Wild salmon burgers are light years ahead of where they once were.

This recipe has spice, but it’s not considered spicy. Full of flavor, it will please the palates of almost everyone. Top the wild salmon burger with avocado, red onion and tomatoes for a delicious and refreshing dinner.

The key is to start with Responsible Choice wild Alaska salmon, which will be available fresh in the Hy-Vee seafood counter through early fall.

This recipe can be cooked on the grill or in a skillet on the stove. And, guys, you’ll feel like you’re grasping a big thick burger, but it’s better for you, loaded with heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.

Salmon Burger

All you need:

  • 1 pound skinless Responsible Choice wild Alaska salmon fillets, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp blackened seasoning
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • Buns and toppings, for serving

All you do:

  1. In a food processor, pulse salmon, egg, Worcestershire sauce, cilantro, blackened seasoning and bread crumbs until salmon is finely chopped.
  2. Form into 4 patties. Heat grill to medium-high heat or place the patties in a hot skillet and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes on each side. Serve on a bun with your favorite toppings. Try avocado, tomato and red onion.

Hy-Vee’s Commitment to Responsible Choice Seafood doesn’t Stop at the Seafood Case; It Continues into Market Grille Restaurants

When dining out, the source of seafood entrees is always a gamble. Unless it’s specifically noted, there’s no way of knowing if the seafood was raised and caught using responsible methods.

logo1That’s not the case at Hy-Vee’s in-store, sit-down Market Grille restaurants, currently found at eight locations, but on tap at up to 50 stores in our Midwest market over the next three years.

The Responsible Choice initiative – Hy-Vee’s pledge to responsibly source all of its fresh and frozen Hy-Vee brand seafood by the end of 2015 – doesn’t end at the seafood case. The push is consistent throughout the company and the Market Grille restaurants are no exception.

So when diners order any of our entrees containing wild Alaska salmon (grilled and in Caesar salads), seared scallops, Ahi tuna or potato crusted cod, they do so with the confidence of knowing that other sea life wasn’t harmed when the fish was caught.

The menus at our Market Grille restaurants will change every 10 months, but what won’t change is our commitment to Responsible Choice seafood. You can find Responsible Choice items by looking for the circular logo.

If you’re not familiar with the Market Grille concept, they can be found in several of our stores. Hy-Vee also has one stand-alone Market Grille, located in the lovingly restored historic Hotel Charitone in Chariton, Hy-Vee’s longtime home.

The full-service Market Grille restaurants offer customers a sit-down dining experience with a wait staff and alcoholic beverages. In addition to Responsible Choice seafood, the menu includes steaks, half-pound handcrafted burgers, entrée salads, ribs and other smoked meats, pizza and other items prepared in an open kitchen.