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Seafood Swap-Out

Seafood for dinner is a popular request in my house. My husband grew up on the water in Long Island, and he not only loves to eat a variety of seafood but he is quite the cook as well.

When we recently found out that some of our favorites were on the list of red-rated seafood (unsustainable) and soon to be unavailable at our local Whole Foods Market, I took on the challenge of recreating some of our seafood suppers with different species.

To be honest, it wasn’t that tough.

When swapping out one fish or seafood for another in a recipe, it’s most important to look for similar size and texture. Because many fish have a mild flavor, there’s a good chance that your new selection will blend in perfectly with whatever recipe you’re making. If you’re unsure, don’t hesitate to ask a seafood Team Member at your local store.

They are more than happy to help you figure out what to use for your delicious dinner. One of the varieties my husband and I were most disappointed to lose was octopus but squid (calamari), also one of our favorites, is a great substitute and easy to work into many dishes that call for octopus.

  • In this mixed seafood ceviche — Fiery Frutas del Mar Ceviche since squid was already featured, we swapped out shrimp where it previously called for octopus.

We love halibut so I was happy to hear that all halibut available at the Whole Foods Market seafood counters will now be from fisheries certified sustainable by Marine Stewardship Council or rated green or yellow by Blue Ocean Institute or Monterey Bay Aquarium.  

We’ll continue to enjoy these favorites.

We also tried some responsibly farmed trout recipes for the first time and realized how versatile a fish it can be. Whether baked whole with a stuffing or sautéed with a pan sauce, trout is a thin quick-cooking fish that’s usually sold butterflied so it’s easy to adapt to whatever preparation you choose. Try these tasty recipes.

If you have any questions about the status of your favorite seafood or want to learn more about responsibly caught seafood, strike up a conversation with your fishmonger or read about Whole Foods Market's "reel big news."

What new responsibly caught fish will you be trying?

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Renee Turner says …

I like the Lemon Trout Fillets with Capers

703MommyandMe says …

I love the halibut recipes but I must say that calamari pasta looks amazing. I can't wait to give it a try.

James says …

That calamari pasta looks fantastic.

Brenda Calvillo says …

Animals that live in the ocean have their own lives to live as do people. We should consider how our "personal choices" are not really personal, but how they have a ripple effect on our oceans, environment and personal health. Because farmed fish are stressed out, it lowers their immune system to ailments such as fish lice and requires a lot more antibiotics which are released to the ocean affecting our eco system. Because we all live on Earth each of our "choices" affect everyone else. There are choices that impact the environment less, but farmed fish, or fish captured in the wild are not.

Amanda says …

Hey for anyone concerned about farm raised fish please take the time to learn a little more about it as there are a lot of misconceptions swimming ( haha) around! http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/departments/aquaculture.php