This week, I am featuring fish and seafood recipes that my family–yes even our 5 kids!— has loved over the years. You can believe me when I say that these no-fuss recipes are some of my easiest and simplest ones of all!
My focus here is on the culinary delights of fish and seafood- and of course, all of these recipes are Dr. Katz approved. But if you want to address concerns about the health effects of potential contaminants in fish, or the environmental issues related to eating fish, my husband addresses them here and more recently here; they are corroborated here, in the Harvard School of Public Health newsletter.
Here is a nice overview from Prevention Magazine of 12 fish to avoid and Here is a more comprehensive consumer guide to seafood from the Environmental Working group: (http://www.ewg.org/research/ewgs-good-seafood-guide/executive-summary)
Here is a GREAT resource for a hands-on practical guide to sustainable seafood that you can take with you to the fish market (they have an app for it):
It is so helpful and so beautifully done: You just type in the fish that you want to find out about and it will tell you exactly all the recommendations for that particular fish so that it has less impact on the environment. For example, if you type in “TUNA” (click here) where they are myriad choices from fresh to canned (so many choices in fact, that it takes more time than all the other fish to load!) it starts out by telling you that there are 7 BEST choices, 33 GOOD choices and 67 to AVOID and then it proceeds to identify for you which ones they are within each of those recommendations. It’s so nice to have a guiding knowledgeable and trustworthy hand-I LOVE IT!
In fact, if you want sustainable, fresh fish and seafood delivered right to your door, seafoodwatch.org endorses www.DailyFreshFish.com which will do just that! It’s amazing, they even have a fresh catch of the day which they will get right to your kitchen, stored at the perfect temperature, the very next day! This way, you can be sure that it is sourced from environmentally responsible fisheries or farms. Click here if you want to find out more about it!
Now, let’s get cooking!
Arctic Char with Grilled Pear: A great example of a sustainable fish! This is such a simple recipe that involves broiling the fish with a little drizzle of fresh lemon juice and olive oil, that’s it! The sliced grilled pear is a nice addition to make this a perfect elegant dish over mixed greens and walnuts. What a perfect summer dish all in one plate…and you know how much I love that!
Orange Spinach Wild Salmon: Wild salmon with spinach is not only another one of those nutritionally winning combination but a culinary delight as well! The simple marinade of fresh orange juice, extra virgin olive oil and white balsamic vinegar just brings it all together. It’s also just so beautiful and inviting!
Walnut-Crusted Wild Salmon: Power couple, Cuisinicity style! Wild salmon + walnuts = highly nutritious, totally delicious! This is such an easy recipe and….No fishy smell in the house, only the wonderful aroma of baked walnuts–how wonderful is that?!
Poppy-Seed Crusted Salmon:This simply delicious recipe is high in protein and rich in healthy fat and a little added fiber. It’s a nutritious gem!
Pan-Seared Tilapia with Lemon Chives and Capers: The tender white flesh of this fish is mild and delicious. Even kids love it because it’s not fishy at all!
Baked Tilapia Provençal: This is a very tasty way to bake tilapia with a southern French flavor. All the ingredients for this quick and easy dish are mixed right in the baking pan so it literally entails one dish to clean. How delicious is that!
Baked Halibut in Wine Tomato broth: So simple and easy, so full of flavor and so beautiful on the dinner table! It’s a “throw-everything-in-a-pan-and-just-bake-right-before-your-guests-arrive” kind of dish! Check out the video clip at the bottom of the recipe!
Walnut Basil Pesto Halibut: Another easy recipe that looks like you labored over it! Needless to say the nutrition is impeccable!
Tuscan Shrimp with Beans over Polenta: A simple down-to-earth dish with a rich Tuscan flavor. The white wine, fresh tomatoes and cannellini beans are just delightful with shrimp and fresh spinach, served over polenta.
Pesto Veggie Pasta Salad with Grilled Shrimp: As surprising as this may seem, this pasta salad is just unusual enough that it is sure to please a crowd! A complete meal in a dish–Great served cold so you can make it in advance.
Grilled Swordfish with Pink Grapefruit Salsa: Festive, colorful refreshingly delicious and so quick! Great to throw on the BBQ but also easy do grill indoors in your cozy kitchen all year round.
Shrimp Arugula Provençal: The combination of shrimp and arugula is absolutely perfect in this rich sauce imbued with Provençal flavor–fresh cherry tomatoes, calamata olives, thyme and garlic–just luscious! I love to serve it over wholegrain pasta or whole farro.