Curing Your Fish Fears, 11 Great Fish Recipes & Featured Ocean Print
POSTED BY Kim Pawell ON August 27, 2020 WITH NO COMMENTS
Some cooking myths prevent home cooks from trying new things or cause people to believe there are certain dishes that are best left to professional chefs. Nine times out of ten, these myths simply are not true. Today I want to dispel the myth that cooking fish at home is difficult. Cooking fish is not hard. In fact, because fish cooks very quickly, fish is the perfect, easy weeknight meal, with most fish dishes going from prep to the table in less than 30 minutes.
JP and our friend George after a successful day of spearfishing and lobstering
Fish & HealthFish is one of the healthier, non-vegetarian protein sources available. Fish is good for you in many ways and in fact the American Heart Association recommends you eat fish, particularly fatty fish, at least twice a week. Fish is high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins D and B2 and important minerals such as iodine, zinc,m iron, potassium and magnesium.
Heart HealthFish is one of the most important foods you can eat for heart health. People whose diets are rich in fish have fewer heart attacks and strokes.
Brain HealthA fish-rich diet may slow cognitive decline, and may be related to lower levels of depression and Alzheimer's disease.
Eye HealthDiets rich in fish and omega-3 fatty acids have been correlated to significant reduction in risk for age-related macular degeneration.
Improved SleepConsumption of salmon, in particular, has been shown to improve sleep.
Reduced Levels of Rheumatoid ArthritisOne study found that higher consumption of fish reduced disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis.
Lowers Risk of DiabetesAnother study showed fish-rich diets lower the risk for latent autoimmune diabetes in adults.
Protects Against CancerRegular consumption of fish lowers the risk of several types of cancer, particularly cancers that attack the digestive tract.
Not All Fish Are Equal
Omega-3'sWhen it comes to health, not all fish are equal. Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acid are at the top of the good-for-you fish list, including salmon, cod, sardines, anchovies, sable fish (also called butterfish).
MercuryLarge fish, high in the food chain, tend to collect mercury and these fish should be eaten in limited quantities. Fish with the highest mercury levels include swordfish, shark, tuna, grouper and orange roughy. Fish with mid-level mercury include halibut, Chilean sea bass mahi mahi, cod and snapper. Low level mercury fish include salmon, anchovies, trout and haddock. Mercury is primarily an issue for babies and unborn babies as it affects their neurological development.
Sustainability is a FactorSome species have been overfished and are in danger of extinction. The Monterey Bay Aquarium provides a downloadable consumer guide of best choices, good alternatives and fish to avoid. Their guidelines change as the situation changes for different varieties of fish, so it is a good idea to download it periodically so you have the most up-to-date information.
Where I Buy My FishWhen we began sheltering in place at the beginning of the covid pandemic I began looking for sources of food that did not require me to go to the grocery store. I had been looking at a fish delivery service called Wild Alaskan for quite some time, but due to my frequent travel schedule I thought it would be too difficult to manage automatic shipments. Once the shelter in place orders came out, I knew it was the perfect time to give Wild Alaskan a try. I did, and six months and six shipments later, I am still happy as a clam with their products (pun intended!).
Why I Like Wild Alaskan Fish
- The quality of their fish is excellent. By definition it is wild, because the state of Alaska doesn't allow fish farming. Wild fish means better nutrients and more of the all important omega-3 fatty acids. When it arrives, my Wild Alaskan fish never smells fishy, which is a sure tell of a lower quality fish. It is flavorful and has good texture.
- I don't have to shop for it. I have studiously avoided markets since the middle of March, so having fish delivered to me on a regular basis fits well within my covid-19 risk management strategy.
- It is super easy to adjust the timing and quantities of your order. Wild Alaskan sends you alerts before they ship your order so you can always delay your shipment, move it up or adjust what is in your box.
- I eat more healthy fish because of their service. It is wonderful to always have fish in your freezer. My husband and I easily eat fish 2 or more times a week now that we have a stock of great fish in the freezer.
- Sustainable fishing methods. Wild Alaskan fish is all caught using sustainable fishing methods. Interestingly, sustainable fishing practices are actually written into the Alaskan constitution, something no other state has done. Fishing is the second largest industry in Alaska, bringing in $2B in annual revenue to the state. Therefore, Alaskans take protecting this valuable natural resource very seriously. Alaska maintains hundreds of thousands of square miles of Marine Protected Areas to provide environments that are protected from humans. Alaska sets quotas, strict seasons and restricts certain types of boats and fishing equipment, all designed to protect and preserve the Alaskan fishing industry for years to come.
- Wild Alaskan has great seasonal add-ons that you can add to your box each month. We have enjoyed delicious scallops, spot prawns, black cod and smoked sockeye salmon. My next box will include some Dungeness crab and ground sockeye that I plan to use to develop a salmon lettuce wrap dish. Can't wait for it to arrive!
- The fish arrives frozen and in good condition. Every order I have received has come packed in dry ice and the fish has been frozen solid.
- Great for gift giving. I have given boxes of Wild Alaskan fish to family and friends and it has always been received with great appreciation and the recipients have frequently signed up for a subscription themselves.