Stay Strong With Seafood And Family Meals

Magic happens during family mealtime when children and parents gather around the table and engage each other in conversation. Regular family meals are linked to the kinds of outcomes we all want for our children: higher grades and self-esteem, healthier eating habits and weight, and less risky behavior.

Making and eating dinner at home is one way families can stay connected and share their daily experiences while enjoying a nutritious meal. Getting kids involved in cooking makes them feel proud of helping and more likely to eat wholesome foods.

Fish and shellfish are good options for busy nights. Most seafood can be cooked in 15 minutes or less. Additionally, fish and shellfish are sources of lean protein, low in saturated fat and rich in vitamins and minerals, most notably the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans and American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend at least two servings of seafood per week to support heart and brain health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Seafood Cooking Tips for Busy Families

• Cook it from frozen: the
Alaska Seafood Marketing
Institute offers whole series
of tasty recipes called Cook It
Frozen!®. Most frozen seafood
can be prepared in as little as
15 minutes. You can also stock
up on frozen seafood when
it’s on sale.

• Stock up on canned seafood:
When you’re at the grocery
store, grab canned, tin or
pouch seafood (especially
when on sale). Canned seafood
often offers a more reasonably
priced alternative and can be
tossed into salads or pastas for
an easy meal.

• Cook it once, eat it twice: Try
doubling recipes to get ahead
on cooking and have a dinner
or lunch ready for later in the
week. Recipes that freeze well,
such as stews and casseroles,
are great to double. Also,
consider cooking an extra
piece of fish to use on a salad
or in a sandwich the next day.

• Grab-and-go options: the
easiest cooking tip of all is to
grab pre-prepped seafood
from your local grocery store
to just bring home and heat!

Three Kinds of Seasonal Salmon and Why We Love Them So Much

You may have heard of Copper River wild salmon; after all, many consider it the best. Copper River salmon include coho, sockeye, and king—all of which pack on sufficient fat reserves to make an epic journey through the waters of south-central Alaska’s Copper River. Learn the difference among these mighty fish and get cooking with our Best Salmon Recipes.

In September, our country celebrates National Family Meals Month™ — a nationwide event designed to support families in enjoying more meals together using items purchased at the grocery store and, as a result, reap the many health and social benefits of doing so.

Salmon is a wonderful main dish to gather the family around. Stop at your local Hy-Vee seafood counter to learn even more about salmon and how to prepare it in a way your family is sure to love.

 

  1. Copper River King Salmon: Prized for its high oil content and rich flavor, King salmon (also called Chinook) will literally melt in your mouth. It’s the largest of the three species and typically runs May and June.
  2. Copper River Sockeye Salmon: Known for its natural deep red flesh, sockeye (also known as Red salmon) has a robust flavor and firm texture, making it suitable for a variety of cooking methods. Sockeye salmon are typically caught May through July.
  3. Copper River Coho Salmon: Coho salmon, sometimes called Silvers, are the last to return to the Copper River. They’re known for a mild but delicate texture that goes well on top of salad greens or rice. Look for this late-season wild salmon in August and September.

Doing Our Due Diligence To Support Transparent Seafood Supply Chains

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.

Transparent supply chains are essential for ensuring that seafood is harvested sustainably, legally, and under fair labor conditions. But global seafood supply chains are complex and don’t always have adequate transparency. Hy-Vee takes a proactive approach to confronting the uncertainty about the journey a fillet of fish takes from a fishing boat to the dinner table.

With the help of our sustainable seafood consultant, FishWise, Hy-Vee created a due diligence plan for improving social responsibility and traceability, and to counter illegal fishing within Hy-Vee’s seafood supply chains. The due diligence plan, now in its third year, includes seven iterative steps aimed at increasing visibility into 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 traced a shrimp product and a tuna product back to where they were harvested, took a deep dive into private label suppliers’ social responsibility policies and practices, 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. Look for the Responsible Choice logo on seafood products and feel good about what you’re feeding your family.

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Honey-Sriracha Sockeye Salmon

There’s just something about the sweet and spicy pairing of honey and sriracha that we just love on top sockeye salmon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients (Serves 4):

1 pound fresh sockeye salmon fillet (1/2 to 3/4 inch thick)
Hy-Vee salt
Hy-Vee pepper
1 1/2 tsp Hy-Vee salted butter
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp Hy-Vee Sriracha
1 1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
1 1/2 tsp Hy-Vee less sodium soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
lime slices and cilantro leaves, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lind a large rimmed baking pan with foil. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Pat salmon dry with paper towels. Place salmon, skin side down, on prepared pan. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Melt butter in small saucepan. Stir in honey, Sriracha, lime juice, soy sauce and garlic. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  4. Brush glaze on salmon. Bake 5 to 10 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork (145 degrees). Garnish with lime slices and cilantro, if desired.

Eat Seafood, America!

EAT SEAFOOD, AMERICA, TO HELP SAVE AN INDUSTRY THAT EMPLOYS 2 MILLION AMERICANS.

The coronavirus poses a significant threat to the U.S. seafood economy. Support our fishing communities by eating delicious seafood.

 

EAT SEAFOOD, AMERICA, TO HELP YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM AND STAY HEALTHY.

Seafood’s omega-3s reduce inflammation, support your immune health and can even help reduce stress and anxiety — all things we need right now during these times.

 

EAT SEAFOOD, AMERICA, TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES THROUGH THESE UNPRECEDENTED TIMES.

Purchase seafood from Hy-Vee to cook at home, or order from your favorite restaurants for delivery or pick-up.

Many fishermen and distributors have shifted to online deliveries to help get healthy seafood to Americans. Help support these local businesses.

 

EAT SEAFOOD, AMERICA, TO TAKE YOUR TASTEBUDS ON VACATION.

Need an escape from your house?  Seafood can transport you to your favorite vacation memories!  Step 1: Make a festive meal, like fish tacos or crab cakes.   Step 2: Set the scene on the big screen – YouTube tranquil beach.  Step 3:  Pull up the coffee table and dig in!

 

Join the #EatSeafoodAmerica Movement.

Know Your Bristol Bay Fisherman: Reba Temple

Delicious wild-caught Bristol Bay sockeye salmon is caught with care by Alaska fishermen from the largest wild salmon fishery in the world. 

Catch it at participating Hy-Vee stores this month! 

Reba comes from a family of fishermen. She is the captain of the F/V Cloud 9 and is going on her 14th year of fishing in Bristol Bay.

It feels great knowing we have partners like Hy-Vee who care about this place as much as we do,” Temple said. “Thanks to Hy-Vee, people living in the middle of the U.S. get to enjoy this incredible fish as fast as we can catch it! This fish deserves to be cherished all over the world.”

WHOM DO YOU TYPICALLY FISH WITH? TELL US ABOUT YOUR CREW.

Growing up, I always fished with different variations of my family – my Dad was the captain and then some combination of my mom, sister, brother, sister-in-law and I were crew. Spending time with family on our little boat in Bristol Bay is one of the things that made me love the fishery so much. Now that I have my own boat, my crew has been a mix of my family and friends from home. Last summer I convinced my mom to come out of retirement to fish with me and that was really awesome having her back out in the Bay rocking it on the back deck.

WHAT’S IT LIKE COMMERCIAL FISHING IN BRISTOL BAY?

The Bristol Bay fishery is wild in every sense of the word. The fishermen pour into the region with a crazy intensity. Everyone is rushing to get their boats ready and in the water. Once you’re in the water, it’s wild because fishermen are setting their nets in front of each other as fast as they can and jockeying for the best set. But, the true wild part is that wall of fish that comes into the district in June or July. There’s nothing quite like seeing jumpers as far as the eye can see, all swimming back to the rivers they were born in.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO FISHING?

Growing up, my parents fished halibut, cod, herring, and salmon. When I got old enough, I started fishing salmon with them. I couldn’t ask for a better place to have spent my summers growing up. So many of my favorite memories are from those summers spent fishing with my family and friends. There’s nothing that I’d like more than to raise my future children fishing and really hope that the waters of Bristol Bay stay pristine so this salmon run continues for many more years.

WHAT MAKES YOU RETURN TO BRISTOL BAY EACH FISHING SEASON?

The fish and the people are what keep me coming back. The people I’ve met in Bristol Bay are some of the best people I’ve ever gotten to know. Every year when I fly out there it’s like a big family reunion. And then of course the salmon keep me coming back. There’s nothing quite like seeing that first jumper or the first fish hit your net. It really is the best thing in the world.

WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT BRISTOL BAY SALMON?

One of the things that I think is so amazing about Bristol Bay is that it’s completely wild. No hatcheries – just pristine environment and good management. The amount of fish that find their way back each year continues to blow me away. And largely, the fishermen catching those fish have so much pride in what they do and respect for the resource. I feel really proud to be part of this fishery.

DO YOU HAVE ANY UNIQUE FISHING TRADITIONS THAT YOU DO DURING THE SEASON?

We kiss the first fish we catch and throw it back.

WHEN YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES AND THINK ABOUT BEING ON THE WATER IN BRISTOL BAY, WHAT DO YOU SEE?

When I close my eyes I am flooded with memories: I see the crew members before me that taught me how to pick, how to drive, how to be a good fisherman. I see the net reeling off the back deck. I see walrus bobbing behind the boat. I see stormy seas and a hundred shades of Ugashik gray. I see boats squatting on the way to the tender. I see my family laughing and working hard. I see my future and what I want to do for the rest of my life.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PREPARE BRISTOL BAY SOCKEYE SALMON?

It’s a tie between making salmon poke and having salmon in sushi rolls.

Riverence Steelhead Trout

There’s more to Riverence Steelhead than great taste and texture. Rated as a Monterey Bay Seafood Watch “Best Choice” green option, these fish are respectfully raised from their own eggs alongside Idaho’s Snake River. Riverence is focused on protecting wild salmon and trout through responsible aquaculture, and being good stewards of the environment.

From the Riverence site: “Riverence steelhead are fed a diet that’s full of antioxidants that make the fish stronger, while providing a myriad of positive effects to humans that consume them. Astaxanthin is a natural micronutrient found in wild salmon and trout diets that supports mental function, improves eyesight, skin health, and heart health, and is believed to increase lifespan. And because fish are healthier on an Astaxanthin-rich diet, our steelhead survive and thrive, delivering a consistent product for you 365 days a year.”

Learn more about Riverence Steelhead Trout, straight from Rocky Mountain spring water that flows into the Idaho Spring River. Available at your local Hy-Vee.

Seasons Magazine: Maple-Scotch Salmon

Check out this delicious grilled salmon recipe from Hy-Vee’s most recent issue of Seasons magazine. Check out the latest issue online here or pick up a free copy at your local Hy-Vee store.

Maple-Scotch Salmon

Hands On: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Serves: 4

1 (15×5-in) cedar grilling plank
1 (1-to 1 1/2 pound) wild skin-on salmon fillet, 1/3 to 3/4 inch thick
1 tbsp McCormick Grill Mates Maple BBQ rub
1/4 cup smoky Scotch whisky, such as Lagavulin single-malt scotch
1 tbsp packed Hy-Vee dark brown sugar
1 tbsp Hy-Vee salted butter, melted
Fresh chives, for garnish
Lemon wedges, for garnish

  1. Soak cedar plank in water for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, pat salmon dry with paper towels. Sprinkle salmon with maple BBQ rub; slightly pat into surface of salmon. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  2. For sauce, combine syrup, whisky, brown sugar and butter; reserve half of sauce for serving.
  3. Preheat a charcoal or gas grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat. Toast plank on grill for 2 to 4 minutes or until slightly charred, turning once.
  4. Place salmon, skin side down, on cedar plank. Grill for 15 to 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork (145 degrees F), brushing with remaining half of the sauce after 10 minutes of grilling. Remove from grill. Brush or drizzle with reserved sauce. Garnish with chives and lemon wedges, if desired.

Seafood Swap

Have you considered a Seafood Swap on some of your favorite foods? Summer is a great time to use seafood swaps in burgers, tacos, pizzas, pastas, skewers, salads and more! Bonus: It’s good for our health and the planet’s health.

The Seafood Nutrition Partnership staff have always liked to experiment in the kitchen and try out new recipes, and we’re here to share some of our learnings. This is a great time to learn how to swap different ingredients into favorite dishes or even try a new recipe. Below, we’ll talk about ideas for swapping seafood into your family’s favorite foods, talk about how different species of seafood can be swapped into dishes, and also share some tips on how we are creatively using items from our pantry to make recipes work when we don’t have all the correct ingredients on hand.

Also, check out our blog post about using canned or frozen seafood and another about our favorite comfort foods with seafood.

Seafood Swaps

Seafood works for all of your family’s favorite foods – even comfort foods! Think fish and shellfish when making burgers, tacos, pizza, salad, sandwiches, and more!

Tacos: This is arguably the easiest place to add seafood. Any fish as well as shrimp, lobster and scallops are all perfect vehicles for taco seasoning. Here are a couple of our favorite recipes (and we have dozens of variations):

 

Burgers: There are several types of seafood-based burgers available at grocery stores across the country, including salmon, Alaska pollock, shrimp and mahi mahi. But, you can also make them at home! Any “cake” recipe – think crab cakes – can be sized up for a full-size burger or just make mini sliders!

 

 

Pizza: Though we’re a nutrition organization, we strongly believe there is a place in everyone’s diet for pizza! Seafood makes for a great pizza topper. Try some of our favorite combos:

 

What Seafood Should I Buy?

In our Ultimate Guide to Buying Seafood and Ultimate Guide to Cooking Seafood, we share a lot of information about utilizing different species of seafood, as well as offer tips to make the most of what you can find at the grocery store. This includes lists of fish that have similar qualities such as taste profiles and cooking techniques.

If you’re looking for:

  • A light, delicate fish. Choose a lean fish, such as barramundi, sea bass, cod, flounder, grouper, haddock, halibut, mahi mahi, perch, pollock, red snapper, rockfish, sole or yellowfin tuna. For shellfish, shrimp, crab and lobster are light and lean.
  • For a richer taste. Choose a fattier fish usually with darker flesh, such as herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines, swordfish, trout or albacore tuna. Several shellfish varieties fit in this rich category and offer delicious briny flavor, such as clams, mussels and oysters.

In terms of cooking style, if you want to:

  • Grill: Many fish stand up to the heat, and it can bring out a delicious smoky flavor. Pick a variety that is firmer in texture, such as catfish, mahi mahi, salmon, scallops, shrimp, snapper, swordfish or tuna. Many fish also are great on grilled skewers!
  • Steam or poach: Try lean fish – mild-flavored with tender, white or pale flesh – such as sea bass, cod, flounder, grouper, haddock, halibut or pollock.
  • Broil or bake: Try a medium-fat fish, such as bluefish, catfish, salmon or swordfish.
  • Eat it without having to cook it: Choose a precooked fish that’s frozen (so you just have to warm it up), or opt for canned tuna, salmon, sardines or crab.

White fish is generally the best example of these “species swaps.” White fish is simply a mild-flavored, often slightly-sweet fish, which can be interchangeable in recipes. These include wild Alaska pollock, bass, cod, grouper, haddock and halibut. There are also some thinner fillets of white fish, which can be used in these recipes but keep in mind they cook much faster, including flounder, perch and sole. Learn all about these white fish options in this blog post.

To sum it up: Let availability and freshness be your guides. It’s easy to substitute one fish for another in a recipe. Also, keep in mind the frozen and canned sections offer the same health benefits and often a wider variety to choose from.

Recipe Ingredients on Hand

If you’re not be able to find all the ingredients to try out a specific recipe and we’re here to offer some easy swaps for some popular ingredients. Some general tips:

  • Fruits and vegetables can swap in recipes. For example, if you want to make this Smoked Salmon and Kale Frittata recipe that calls for kale, try spinach or even frozen spinach, just make sure you wring out excess liquid. Keep in mind for baking, the liquid in a recipe can throw off the end texture or the baking time.
  • Acidic liquid ingredients such as lemon juice and vinegar can be swapped, just keep in mind the end flavor profile. It’s a great time to use those random bottles of vinegar at the back of your pantry!
  • We always recommend using a lot of herbs and spices for flavoring, and only add salt if needed. Experiment with different flavor combos using those dried herbs you bought for a specific recipe months ago. We’ve been playing around with different spices in our tuna and salmon salads and found curry is amazing paired in this staple! (Try this recipe.)

Here are some tips to use ingredients you have on hand for cooking fish dishes:

Recipe calls for: Try swapping:
Buttermilk Yogurt, or milk with a small amount of lemon juice or vinegar added
Bread crumbs Rolled oats, crushed cereal, or crushed crackers
Cream (half and half) For one cup, 7/8 cup milk plus 1 Tbsp. butter
Cream (heavy) For one cup, 3/4 cup milk plus 1/3 cup butter
Cream cheese pureed cottage cheese
Garlic (clove) One clove of garlic = 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
Herbs (fresh) 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh = 1 tsp. dried herbs
Lemon zest Approximately double the quantity of lemon juice
Mayonnaise Avocado, plain Greek yogurt, sour cream
Sour cream plain Greek yogurt
Wine Broth, fruit juice mixed with a splash of vinegar