4 sustainable seafood recipes for the 4th of July

posted by Veronique Koch on 03 July 2013

Happy 4th of July from Fish Navy Films! Today we celebrate Independence Day in the US, and what better way to do that than to spend time with family around a wonderful home grilled meal? When people think BBQ they normally think hotdogs and hamburgers, but why not spice it up with these 4 grilled sustainable seafood alternatives?

July 4th recipe sablefish1-Grilled Sablefish with Thyme-Lemon Salsa Verde

This recipe from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program is wonderful because it uses a fish we don’t often think about, wild-caught sablefish. Sablefish from Alaska and British Columbia is considered a “Best Choice” because they are caught using pots and longlines with minimal bycatch. The Sablefish has a rich buttery flavor that is a nice contrast to the acidity of the thyme-lemon salsa they suggest. You can find the recipe here.


Grill spot prawns2-Grilled Spot Prawns with Finger Lime and Basil

This recipe from the gourmet magazine, Saveur, caught our attention because of its use of spot prawns, which we have been talking about a lot lately as a great alternative to shrimp. The use of traps in the British Columbia spot prawn fishery makes bycatch virtually a non-issue, unlike the shrimp trawling bycatch problem. If you don’t feel like messing with the finger lime and basil in this recipe, we’ll bet that the sweet spot prawns will be delicious on their own. Find the recipe here.


char grilled barramundi3-Char grilled Barramundi with black currant risotto, sauce of Chanterelles, with a balsamic reduction

Barramundi is often overlooked as a fish of choice, and yet it is a great sustainable seafood choice. This recipe from the folks at Australis Better Fish elevate the simply grilled barramundi with a lovely black currant risotto and chanterelles, in case you wanted a fancier dinner to celebrate our country’s independence. US farmed barramundi is a “Best Choice” according to Seafood Watch and its texture and flavor are reminiscent of grouper or snapper. Give it a try by checking out the recipe here.


grilled anchovies4-Grilled Anchovies and Peppers

It is no secret that we love eating low on the food chain, and anchovies are a great example of this. These are not the canned anchovies people are known to either love or hate, these are the fresh kind that are loved in Mediterranean cuisine. Sustainable seafood chef and advocate Barton Seaver has a great recipe on his website that he suggests serving as an appetizer at a party.



Want more sustainable seafood grill recipes? Why not check out Barton Seaver’s new book, “Where There’s Smoke”? It’s an amazing resource for grilled sustainable seafood recipes, along with delicious meat and vegetable recipes too.

Image sources Wiki commons, saveur.com, montereybayaquarium.org, www.thebetterfish.com and bartonseaver.com

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