Responsible Choice Wild Alaska Pollock

Wild-caught Alaskan Pollock hail from the icy waters of Alaska, and its lean, snowy-white meat, delicate texture and mild flavor make it an extremely versatile and healthy seafood choice.

It’s high in protein and a great source of omega-3s – which both benefit health. From source to plate, Responsible Choice Wild Alaska Pollock is one of the most abundant and sustainable species on the planet.

Participating Hy-Vee stores will be sampling Wild Alaskan Pollock Trident Cuts this week: Friday, May 3 from 3-7 p.m. and Saturday May 4 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

How Omega-3s In Seafood Can Help Boost Your Health

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:

You’ve probably heard a lot about the importance of omega-3’s – because this fatty acid is the key to everything – from good skin and strong brain and eye health to a better overall mood! With seafood, getting your omega-3’s is as easy as 1-2-3.

What are omega-3s?

Because our bodies on their own cannot make omega-3s, it is essential we get these healthy fatty acids from our food. Health professionals recommend we take in anywhere from 250 to 1,000 mg of the omega-3s EPA and DHA per day. Unfortunately, the current average intake by Americans is only about 90 mg/day. In order to meet the recommended U.S. Dietary Guidelines, people are encouraged to eat at least two servings of seafood each week, which will help build up their omega-3 levels.

How do omega-3s benefit me?

Omega-3s provide us with a whole laundry list of health benefits. Here are some of the key advantages.

  • Promoting Brain Health ­– Seafood provides docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a type of omega-3 that is essential for brain development and function, since it helps neurons trigger and cells regenerate. DHA is important for the brain—from prenatal development to the aging brain. Since our bodies do not make omega-3s, it is critical that pregnant women, breastfeeding moms and young children get DHA from fish in their diets regularly, for optimal brain and eye development in babies and youngsters. Also, studies have shown that omega-3s may be helpful weapons in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Fighting Depression ­– Omega-3s can have mood-boosting effects on the brain that, in turn, can help ease symptoms of depression. Research has shown that the fatty acids found in seafood, particularly EPA, can help combat depressionand benefit those with mood disorders. This also applies to post-partum depression. Studies have shown that a diet rich in omega-3s can help reduce the risk of baby blues.
  • Reducing Risk of Premature Birth ­– Premature birth is a critical global health issue, with an estimated 15 million babies born too early each year. Studies have shown that when pregnant women increase their daily intake of omega-3s, it can help lower the risk of having a baby prematurely by as much as 11%. Adding EPA and DHA to the diet of a pregnant woman also can have a positive effect on the visual and cognitive development of the baby.
  • Supporting Eye Health ­– Omega-3s may help reduce the risk of developing problems with vision (such as macular degeneration) as we age. Foods containing DHA, like seafood, help support our eyes’ retinal development and our overall eye health.
  • Enhancing Skin ­– The omega-3 fatty acid EPA may help promote the skin’s oil production, as well as skin hydration. Eating the recommended 2-3 servings of seafood each week can help cell membranes hold water, which results in softer and smoother skin.

Looking for a recipe that embraces all of the amazing health benefits we just talked about? Try cooking up salmon, one of the most nutrient-dense foods that packs a boatload of heart-healthy omega-3s. These quick and easy Grilled Salmon Skewers should do the trick!

Grilled Salmon Skewers

Servings: 2 each for 2 people

Ingredients

For the skewers:

  • 3/4 pound salmon, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 1 large lemon, thinly sliced
  • 8 (10-inch) bamboo skewers (will use two skewers per serving, with two servings per person)

For the marinade:

  • 1 tbsp parsley, freshly chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, pressed
  • 1/4 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1 tbsp light olive oil (not extra virgin; pick something with a higher smoke point)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Prep: Soak bamboo skewers in water for at least 1 hour to keep them from catching fire. Preheat grill to medium heat (about 375˚ F).
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together all of the marinade ingredients.
  3. Double skewer the salmon and lemon slices, folding them in half and spearing them onto two skewers one at a time. (The double skewer aids in turning the salmon kebobs on the grill.) Brush both sides of skewered salmon with the marinade.
  4. Oil the grates on the grill, then carefully place salmon skewers onto the hot grill. Grill skewers for 3-4 minutes per side or until salmon is cooked through and opaque.

Barbecue Shrimp

Join us for an in-store demo this week or make these simple, delicious barbecue shrimp on your grill at home!

All you need:

1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tbsp Emeril’s Essence
2 tsp Hy-Vee Select lemon-flavored olive oil

All you do:

  1. Soak 4 bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Preheat grill to medium.
  3. Toss together shrimp, Essence and lemon olive oil in a medium bowl. Thread 3 or 4 shrimp onto each skewer leaving space between each shrimp.
  4. Place on grill rack. Cook for 3 minutes. Turn and cook for an additional 3 minutes or until shrimp is pink and firm.

Health Benefits of Alaskan Salmon + Salmon Burger Recipe

The temperatures are on their way up, which means it is grilling season! Have you ever thought about introducing fish to your grilling parties? The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends adults consume at least 8 ounces of seafood each week. Consuming fatty fish, especially Alaskan salmon, can enhance the taste and nutritional value of your meal. Fish is packed with healthy fats like omega-3s and DHA. DHA is essential for your brain health and has been linked to increased memory, reduced rates of cognitive decline, and improved learning ability. Omega-3 fatty acids can help lower cholesterol and support heart health.

Try our salmon burger recipe to provide an exciting alternative to standard grill-out offerings, while helping everyone get closer to the recommended 8 ounces of fish per week. Not only will this recipe provide all the health benefits we talked about, but you’ll get a serving of vegetables. Enjoy!

 

Alaskan Salmon Burgers

All you need:

  • 1/2 pound Wild Alaskan salmon filet
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup finely diced red onion (1 small onion)
  • 1 1/2 cups finely diced celery (4 stalks)
  • 1 small pepper, red
  • 1 small pepper, yellow
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tbsp capers, drained
  • 1/4 tsp hot sauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 large egg whites, lightly beaten

 

All you do:

  1. Heat a large sautépan over medium-high heat; add 1 tablespoon oil and salmon.
  2. Cook salmon until browned or easily flakes, then set the dish aside to cool.
  3. In a separate pan add remaining olive oil, onion, celery, peppers, parsley, capers, hot sauce, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Sautéuntil vegetables are soft, and then set aside to cool.
  4. Flake salmon in a large bowl, then combine breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, yogurt, mustard and eggs. Mix well, then mix in vegetables.
  5. Cover bowl and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat grill for medium-high heat. Spray large piece of foil with grilling spray and place over grill grates.
  7. Shape chilled salmon/veggie mixture into 15 cakes, ¼ cup each. Add salmon patties to foil and grill for 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

 

Recipe inspiration from skinnytaste.com

Honey Lime Shrimp

Recipe courtesy of The Mazzetta Company.

All you need:

1 pound shrimp, peeled
1/3 cup honey
2 tbsp white vinegar
2 tbsp chopped chives
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp red pepper flakes, optional
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
salt & pepper, to taste
1 tbsp butter

 

All you do:

  1. Combine all ingredients except the shrimp and butter. Marinate the shrimp in half of the honey mixture for 20 minutes. Place the other half of the mixture aside.
  2. After shrimp is done marinating, heat the butter over high heat in frying pan. Reduce heat and add shrimp. Cook for about 2 minutes on the first side and 1 minute on the second side, or until shrimp is done.
  3. Add the remaining honey mixture. Serve immediately.

Wild-Caught Alaskan Pollock

Wild-caught Alaskan Pollock hail from the icy waters of Alaska, and its lean, snowy-white meat, delicate texture and mild flavor make it an extremely versatile and healthy seafood choice.

It’s high in protein and a great source of omega-3s – which both benefit health. From source to plate, Responsible Choice Wild Alaska Pollock is one of the most abundant and sustainable species on the planet.

Participating Hy-Vee stores will be sampling Wild Alaskan Pollock this week: Friday, April 5 from 4 p.m. to 7pm, and Saturday, April 6 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

 

Alaskan Leader Seafoods: Meet The Captain

Meet Alaskan Leader Seafoods, Hy-Vee’s newest Alaska cod supplier. Alaskan Leader has grown to be one of the largest and most productive longline businesses through the construction of new fishing vessels, the acquisition of additional Alaskan fishing rights, and the development of both commodity and value-added initiatives that increase the economic value to the company’s sustainable resources.

Longline fishing—one hook, one fish—produces some of the world’s most delicious seafood through the careful handling of individually hooked fish. Lovers of great Alaskan seafood can enjoy Wild Alaska Cod, available now at Hy-Vee.

Bristol Bay Wild Salmon = Sustainability At Its Finest

 

Hy-Vee is committed to the sustainability of seafood to ensure that future generations have access to the salmon we enjoy today. We proudly partner with the fishermen of Bristol Bay who not only practice this, but live it each day. These fishermen take great pride in harvesting one of the world’s best salmon.

The Nushagak and Kvichak river drainages comprise a pristine environment that creates one of the most ideal habitats on Earth. The Yupik and Dena’ina people are some of the last salmon- based cultures; salmon is essential to their daily lives, both as a food source and as an income producer.

This bay has been fished for more than 130 years, and this last summer was its largest run ever – more than 44 million salmon. This is truly a testament to sustainability. The Bristol Bay Salmon Management Plan administered by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is the most effective and comprehensive resource management regime in the world. Alaska is the only state to have sustainability written in its state constitution.

Traceability is very important to the fishermen of Bristol Bay. They use coding, sorting and inventory technology that tracks each case from harvest to your store. Each case of the wild sockeye salmon is marked with the name of the fishing district where it was harvested, giving you unprecedented traceability.

There are more 1,400 ships that commercially fish Bristol Bay, and Hy-Vee partners with a select group of these – fewer than 100. We ensure that these fishermen are committed to providing the highest quality of wild sockeye salmon in all of Bristol Bay. Each fish is bled immediately after being removed from the gill net and then submerged in 33-degree circulating seawater. This guarantees unblemished, rich-tasting, firm flesh for the finest wild sockeye salmon.

At Hy-Vee we are proud of our commitment to seafood sustainability and even prouder to work side-by-side with the fishermen of Bristol Bay who live this every day.