Dish On Fish: Gluten-Free Crab-Stuffed Acorn Squash

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:

Fall harvest time is here, which means we’ll start seeing more winter squash and other tasty fall ingredients at our local farmer’s markets and grocery stores. The combination of sweet acorn squash and seafood is a match made in taste bud heaven. We love acorn squash’s buttery taste almost as much as we love savory seafood.

What’s even better? Seafoodies in need of a gluten-free dinner idea can enjoy this easy and filling meal with no worries!

Acorn Squash and Seafood

In honor of National Acorn Squash Day earlier this week, we’re sharing the perfect seasonal seafood combination: Acorn Squash & Crab. We combined tender and juicy crab meat with fresh, oven roasted acorn squash for a healthy blend of flavor and texture.

This dish is equal parts comforting, nutritious and delicious. Plus, these two starring ingredients provide important nutrients for the coming cold and flu season. Seafood, like crab, is rich in the antioxidant selenium, while acorn squash is rich in the antioxidants vitamin C and beta-carotene. All of these nutrients help to boost our immune system.

It’s also the perfect choice for anyone following a gluten-free diet. Seafood caters to a variety of dietary restrictions, making it a great addition to holiday menus.

This yummy roasted acorn squash and seafood pairing is also perfect for meal prepping ahead of busy weeknights or wowing significant others on date night. Plus, you won’t believe how easy this gluten-free dish is to make.

What are you waiting for? Let’s get roasting!

Acorn Squash & Crab

Suggested cooking toolsGlass baking dish, sauté pan


  • 2 acorn squash, halved lengthwise and seeds scooped out (leaving a “bowl” in acorn squash)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 lb. lump crab meat, drained
  • ¼ cup cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup gluten-free panko crumbs or crushed gluten-free rice cereal (like Rice Chex)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place acorn squash halves cut side in a glass baking dish; set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat; sauté garlic and celery until tender, about 2-3 minutes. Add parsley and Old Bay seasoning. Remove from heat.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine crab, cream cheese and cooked vegetables. Mix to combine all ingredients; add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Using a spoon, scoop mixture into squash “bowls.” Divide mixture between squash bowls. (It is okay to over-stuff “bowls.”) Top with Parmesan cheese and panko or cereal. Cover with foil; cook for 45 minutes.
  5. Remove foil and cook for an additional 15 minutes, or until stuffing is browned and squash is tender. Makes 4 servings.


Small Seafood, Big Impact

Behind every seafood product we offer is a dedicated and skilled worker. Whether on a fishing boat, at an aquaculture farm, or in a processing facility, their hard work enables us to provide the most responsible seafood to our customers.

At Hy-Vee, we believe that we have an important role to play in safeguarding both the health of our oceans and the well-being of workers in our seafood supply chains. That’s why we set high standards through our Seafood Procurement Policy which helps ensure that the suppliers we partner with share our commitment to sourcing environmentally sustainable seafood and using socially responsible practices.

On a recent trip to Thailand, our non-profit partner FishWise learned more about the ways one of our shrimp suppliers is investing in worker well-being and sustainability.

Seafresh can be found tucked away in a lush, tropical paradise bordering the picturesque Gulf of Thailand. Their operation is significant, employing more than 2,500 people at the farm and the processing facility, many of whom come from the neighboring countries of Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia. To provide the best possible working environment, Seafresh has committed to globally recognized best practices in the responsible recruitment of workers – a crucial factor in preventing human trafficking and forced labor. They’ve installed grievance systems so that all workers, regardless of job title, are able to report issues directly to management, as well as created worker welfare committees and an employee care team, which engage workers in the problem solving process with management. Seafresh also partners with a local human rights non-profit to educate workers on their rights, train them on how to use the grievance mechanism tools, and conduct regular interviews to monitor workplace satisfaction.

“It is important that our employees come to work each day feeling that this is a safe and fair place to work, where they are valued for more than just the amount of shrimp produced. We want them to feel empowered here and that this is a place where dedication pays off,” said Dominique Gautier, Director of Sustainability at Seafresh Group.

In addition to understanding the importance of protecting and empowering workers, Seafresh also understands the necessity of protecting and maintaining the environments our seafood relies on. Which is why every shrimp Seafresh exports to the U.S. meet Hy-Vee’s Seafood Procurement Policy, and is either Aquaculture Stewardship Council or Best Aquaculture Practices certified. Additionally, they have set aside land on-site for a worker-led community garden and are partnering with the local government to restore more than 38 hectares of mangrove forest.

“Seafresh is dedicated to sustainable and socially responsible practices, which we value and seek in our suppliers,” said Jason Pride, vice president of meat and seafood operations at Hy-Vee.



Last Great Salmon Of The Season

Rising out of the Copper Glacier and untouched wilderness of southcentral Alaska, the Copper River is one of the last untouched watersheds in the world. The Copper River is the birthplace of three wild Alaskan salmon species. These salmon live as adults in the Gulf of Alaska and the Pacific Ocean eating small crustaceans and zooplankton. In late May, the Alaska Salmon season begins with the opening of the Sockeye and King runs at the Copper River. The season comes to an end in September with Coho Salmon. Every year Coho return to the Copper River to make the arduous 300-mile migration up the turbulent waters in order to spawn.  Because the Copper River is so long and steep (gains an average elevation of 12 feet per mile), these fish must pack on sufficient fat reserves to fuel their epic journey–resulting in salmon that is rich in heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids and flavorful oils. The fish’s distinct regional DNA and lifecycle yield the world’s finest salmon.

Wild Copper River Coho salmon are harvested by a small fleet of independent fishermen on one and two-man boats called bowpickers. This artisan craft has been handed down for generations. All Copper River salmon are caught by drift gillnets which extend 150 fathoms from the bow of the boat and hang vertically in the water.

Copper River Coho salmon are handled with extreme care on their journey from net to plate. From the moment they are individually hand-harvested out of the net by fishermen, they are bled. Bleeding the fish helps maintain the pure taste wild Alaskan salmon is known for. Immediately after the fish are bled they are chilled in fish holds. The most popular method of chilling is known as “slush icing” which is a mixture of flaked ice and sea water that allows the fish to float so as to reduce bruising. These fleet-wide standards ensure consistent quality throughout the season.

Coho Salmon have a mild flavor and delicate texture offer that is appealing to any palate. These large fish, sometimes called Silvers, are the last to return to the Copper and have become a fall favorite that pairs well when baked with seasonal root vegetables and mushrooms.

Family-Style Dishes For Late Summer Gatherings

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:

Have Seafood, Will Travel!

We love sharing scrumptious seafood dishes with friends and family. Whether you’re attending a late summer soiree or hosting your own Labor Day barbecue, portable seafood apps and dishes are guaranteed to be a hit at any outdoor gathering.

If you’re hitting the road with simple-to-make seafood dishes, here are few tips to help keep your precious cargo safe when traveling. Plan ahead the night before by making sure you have plenty of ice, freezer packs or frozen gel packs on hand. It’s best to pack your dish in an airtight container—to help keep food fresh and avoid any spills or leaks in the car.

For short trips, a cooler is your best bet for chilled seafood. Keep in mind, full coolers stay colder longer than partially filled ones, so pack the empty space with additional ice or freezer packs. Remember that cold air escapes every time the cooler is opened, so try to keep the lid on as much as possible and open only when necessary.

An insulated bag will also do the trick. If you don’t have one, here’s a hack: Line a box with several layers of towels, packing them close around your seafood dish. Layers of crumbled newspaper also provides insulation.

For hot or room temp dishes, you want to avoid trapping the steam. Keep your seafood dish in a serving tray or container with a vented lid. No lid? No problem. Cover the dish with a plate and wrap it tightly with some towels. The towels help absorb the escaping steam while providing insulation to keep your dish warm until it’s party time.

Warning: when you show up to an end-of-summer gathering with crowd-pleasing seafood yummies, we guarantee you’ll come home with empty containers. There’ll be no leftovers in sight.

Now go enjoy and get your (seafood) party on!

Quality & Freshness Are Top of Mind

In 1998, Hy-Vee became one of the first retailers in the Midwest to hire our own U.S. Department of Commerce (USDC) lot inspector to ensure the quality, safety and integrity of the fresh seafood it buys. The USDC inspector is stationed on-site at our Perishable Distributors of Iowa (PDI) distribution facility in Ankeny, Iowa, where he routinely checks incoming shipments of fresh seafood along with some frozen, ensuring that it meets Hy-Vee’s standards. Our purchasing and sustainability policy is the strictest around. Our seafood team at PDI is meticulous in its sourcing and accountability of our suppliers. A big part of our seafood programs success is partnering with suppliers that have the same beliefs as we do.

The USDC Inspection program is a voluntary seafood inspection service to assist in meeting U.S. regulations and generally accepted seafood production best practices governing fishery products for human consumption. This service supports seafood safety and includes sanitation inspection, system and process audits, grading and inspection and product laboratory analyses.

Bryan Sauve has been Hy-Vee’s full-time inspector since 2003. Bryan is on site five days a week to help is maintain high quality standards. In 2017, Sauve received the Silver Sherman award, which recognizes individuals who have performed work above his or her normal requirements, achieved a milestone that contributed significantly or critically toward the attainment of a particular program goal, and demonstrated leadership of significant magnitude.

Hy-Vee’s Due Diligence Plan: The Road to Transparent Seafood Supply Chains

It’s no secret that Hy-Vee prides itself in providing customers with healthy, responsibly sourced seafood. Since 2012, Hy-Vee has worked tirelessly to build a best in class Responsible Choice Seafood Program and continues to raise the bar with its expectations for transparent, socially responsible seafood supply chains.

Global seafood supply chains are complex and lack adequate transparency, which leads to uncertainty about the journey a fillet of fish takes from a fishing boat to the dinner table. Hy-Vee takes a proactive approach to confronting this uncertainty because, transparent supply chains offer businesses and customers greater assurance that seafood products are accurately labeled, come from legal sources, and are processed under fair labor conditions.

In 2017, Hy-Vee worked with FishWise, a sustainable seafood consultancy, to create a due diligence plan for improving social responsibility and traceability, and to counter illegal fishing practices within Hy-Vee’s seafood supply chains. The due diligence plan includes seven iterative steps aimed at increasing visibility into its seafood supply chains and reducing risks related to illegal and unethical fishing practices.

Each year Hy-Vee tackles new activities within its due diligence plan. Over the past twelve months, Hy-Vee has expanded its Seafood Procurement Policy, undertaken detailed engagement with suppliers to understand tuna supply chains, advocated for better tuna fisheries management and more.

Through its due diligence practices, Hy-Vee is contributing to more transparent seafood supply chains, greater accountability, and a healthier ocean for fish and people. Hy-Vee’s work provides an example of what dedicated businesses can accomplish when choosing to be proactive about assessing and mitigating supply chain risks.