Ōra King Salmon: Not Just Another Salmon
By: Nick Iannucci
Ōra King Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) has been raised for over 20 years in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds of New Zealand; producing over 100 generations of exemplary King Salmon that chefs absolutely love.
Ōra King Salmon is truly a unique breed, as it has been isolated and optimized through a special breeding program where the best genetic qualities are carefully selected and only the best of the best are bred. The thorough aquaculture practice for Ōra King Salmon accentuates and improves upon all the characteristics chefs covet in Wild King Salmon, making it the pinnacle of King Salmon. This is why Ōra King Salmon could be referred to as the Wagyu Beef of Salmon.
Ōra King Salmon has a perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors that compliments a wide variety of ingredients, making it a pleasure to work with and a joy to eat. King Salmon’s naturally high oil content keeps Ōra King Salmon moist when cooking and gives their King Salmon a light, smooth mouthfeel. Their vibrant orange flesh has beautiful marbled fat lines throughout and their meat is buttery and soft. When compared to other farm-raised Salmon options, Ōra King Salmon have a rounder shape with a thick belly and a short tail. The thicker belly means a generous fillet can be cut from the fish with an overall greater yield compared to other farm-raised Salmon options.
Ōra King takes great pride in their King Salmon and they go the extra mile when it comes to raising them. King Salmon eggs are nurtured in the crystal clear waters flowing from Te Waikoropupu Springs at a hatchery in Takaka. Fertilized eggs are then sent to their hatchery in Tentburn, where the focus is on hatching and rearing baby King Salmon in a constant supply of fresh water. Within a year, the smolt are transported to the Marlborough Sounds to mature, thus mimicking the lifecycle of Wild King Salmon.
The pure and isolated waters of the Marlborough Sounds enable Ōra King to raise their King Salmon in a natural manner, with their sea farm pens being 98% water and only 2% King Salmon. The pure water, strong currents, and low stocking density allow Ōra King Salmon to grow in the perfect environment. The natural current replenishes a completely fresh batch of saltwater every three minutes and keeps Ōra King Salmon free of parasites, viral infections, and water mold infections.
Another important factor to raising outstanding King Salmon is the feed used. Ōra King Salmon are fed a nutritionally balanced, certified GMO-free feed that has been specially formulated by feed experts. When Ōra King Salmon reach an average weight of about nine pounds, they are harvested using humane harvesting techniques to ensure the process is as quick, effective, and as stress-free as possible. They are then transported to a facility for processing where they are thoroughly cleaned and graded by master graders who review each Ōra King Salmon for specific size, color, and quality. Each King Salmon is then tagged, allowing full traceability and product authenticity.
Ōra King doesn’t want to only raise excellent King Salmon. They also want to keep the pristine environment where their King Salmon are raised just that: pristine. They are the first company in the Southern Hemisphere to receive a Three-Star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification for their hatcheries, sea farming, and processing operation. Additionally, Ōra King Salmon has received a ‘Best Choice’ purchase rating for consumers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s consumer guide, Seafood Watch. These independent ratings support their ongoing efforts to maintain the environment.
All of these efforts have led to premium quality, superior tasting Ōra King Salmon that’s winning the hearts of chefs everywhere. Ōra King Salmon isn’t just another Salmon, it’s the pinnacle of rich, savory King Salmon.
For more information, visit: orakingsalmon.co.nz
A New Spin on Classic Japanese Products
by: Nick Iannucci
Shrimp, Gyoza, and Shumai all have storied histories within Japanese cuisine and since 1995, DNI Group has been providing premium, high-quality versions of these products that live up to the history behind them. A popular trend for chefs is using these staple Japanese items and applying them in new ways, shattering the general misconception that they are strictly used in Japanese cuisine.
Let’s start with Tempura Shrimp. Tezukuri® Tempura Shrimp from DNI Group are hand made using a batter that is light and crispy. The batter adds a delightful crunch to each bite and a nice complimentary flavor to the sweetness of the Shrimp. Harvested from BAP certified aquaculture farms, Tezukuri® Tempura Shrimp are wholesome, all-natural, preservative free products. Every succulent Shrimp is hand dipped in tempura batter and fully cooked, then conveniently packaged and frozen – all you need to do is open the package and fry them.
This is the perfect item for gastro pubs as Tezukuri® Tempura Shrimp have a multitude of cooking applications. The Shrimp have enough taste and flavor to be served as an appetizer, either alone or with a cocktail sauce. Try another great application: fry the Tempura Shrimp, cut them into smaller pieces, and add them to a salad. The sweetness of the Shrimp and the crunch of the fried batter will take any salad from good to delicious. Being plump and meaty, Tezukuri® Tempura Shrimp can also be used in a sandwich. A simple sandwich of a roll, two pieces of Tezukuri® Tempura Shrimp, lettuce, tomato, and onion will leave your patrons full and happy.
If you’re interested in adding dumplings to your menu, take a look at Passport Cuisine® Gyoza. Passport Cuisine® makes Shrimp, Pork, and Vegetable Gyoza dumplings that are easy for you to prepare. Already pre-steamed and quick frozen to retain natural flavoring, simply open the package and they’re ready for steaming, boiling, or frying. Made using an original Japanese recipe with only fresh ingredients, Shrimp, Pork, and Vegetable Gyoza will treat your guests to a burst of flavors from the spices and sauces used in creating each dumpling.
Gyoza dumplings are a premium item and have long been served as a side item to Ramen in Japan and in various soups in China – where an earlier version of Gyoza originated. Shrimp, Pork, and Vegetable Gyoza are great appetizers or side items to serve with soup, with the Vegetable Gyoza going particularly well with chicken noodle soup. Gyoza can also be used similarly to their distant dumpling cousin: the pierogi. Both are prepared and cooked in similar ways and are used in similar fashion. With their natural, slight garlic flavor, try frying Gyoza in butter as you would a pierogi or melt a little butter over the Gyoza for a new complimentary flavor.
Passport Shrimp® Shumai is another delicious traditional dumpling found in Japanese cuisine. Little delights of wild shrimp are used to make a luscious and creamy shrimp filling, enrobed in a light, delicate flour wrapper. They are pre-streamed then individually quick frozen to keep their natural flavor. Another excellent choice for a quick appetizer, Shrimp Shumai are a great way to start a meal. They are most often enjoyed steamed and piping hot, but for a treat, try deep frying them. Deep frying adds a delightfully crispy texture sure to put a smile on your guests’ faces.
Thanks to DNI Group providing premium Japanese products, it’s now easier than ever to creatively use the staples of Japanese cuisine. Each and every product from DNI Group is made using only fresh ingredients and by individually quick freezing each product, that freshness is locked in until you decide to cook them. With a little ingenuity, the staples of Japanese Cuisine (Tempura Shrimp, Gyoza, and Shumai) can be incorporated into any menu.
Wild Isles Salmon: Where Happy Fish
Are Delicious Fish
By: Nick Iannucci
It takes a special kind of dedication to raise an outstanding tasting fish. At Wild Isles Salmon, they’re using best aquaculture practices to raise some of the best tasting Atlantic Salmon on the market.
Wild Isles Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) is a beautiful example of aquaculture. Pen-raised in the wild ocean waters off the western coastline of Scotland’s Shetland Islands, their salmon are a beautiful silver-blue color with deep black dots along the top of the body. Their eye-catching beauty makes them an excellent option for a fish display.
The orange-pink meat of Wild Isles Salmon has a firm texture with lean flesh, and a sweet buttery flavor that really ‘pops’ when eaten. Their high fat content makes them an excellent option for sashimi preparations as well as a variety of cooking preparations. Wild Isles Salmon is excellent poached, grilled, broiled, baked, sautéed, or smoked. In fact, thanks to their fat content, they taste more like Wild King (Chinook) Salmon than standard farm-raised Atlantic Salmon. How Wild Isles achieves this taste is truly remarkable.
Wild Isles Salmon is certified organic in the European Union (EU) and they operate with the belief that a happy fish is a delicious fish. To them, this means raising salmon in an environment that closely mimics their natural habitat and using feed that is similar to wild salmon diets. By replicating both their natural habitat and diet, Wild Isles is able to produce a farm-raised salmon that tastes similarly to their wild counterparts.
To imitate the salmon’s natural habitat, Wild Isles needed to choose an optimal location for their pens. Instead of traditional locals, such as lochs, bays, or sounds, they are at sea where the North Sea and the North Atlantic Sea converge. Here their salmon are swimming against ocean currents moving at 5 to 15 knots. This forces the salmon to swim harder and exert more energy, thus producing a fattier, healthier, and tastier fish. They also have some of the lowest stocking densities in aquaculture, with a salmon to water ratio of 1% fish to 99% water.
The next step for Wild Isles was to provide their growing salmon with excellent feed. The feed Wild Isles uses is EU certified organic and contains no land animal based proteins or oils. The fish meal and oil they use are from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries with 100% of the trimmings from fish caught for human consumption. In other words, rather than catching wild fish to feed their salmon, Wild Isles is using high-quality by-product. This is part of their zero waste policy and equates to a Fish in Fish Out (FIFO) ratio of 0:1 under Monterrey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch standards. The EU certified organic feed also gives Wild Isles Salmon a higher oil content, which makes them richer in omega-3s.
Their EU organic feed also contains shrimp meal. Part of wild salmon’s natural diet, shrimp gives salmon flesh its pinkish-orange coloring. It does this because shrimp contain astaxanthin, a keto-carotenoid providing shrimp their red own coloring. Shrimp is a major contributing factor to the sweet, buttery flavor of salmon. Astaxanthin is also a powerful antioxidant that may be beneficial in helping with cardiovascular, immune, and inflammatory diseases in humans. This makes Wild Isles Salmon both a great tasting fish and a healthy meal.
Through an unwavering dedication to raising happy fish, Wild Isles has produced a farm-raised salmon with the delectable taste of wild salmon. Through their efforts, you can have a taste of the wild all year long with Wild Isles open ocean raised Atlantic Salmon.
For more information visit: wild-isles.com
Superior Artisanal Products from Canterbury Cure
By: Nick Iannucci
Canterbury Cure is an artisanal seafood line with many high-quality seafood offerings. Each and every product is meticulously cared for through every step of the process by people who are passionate about the products they stand behind. Their premium offerings are a delectable treat for the senses and highly versatile in the kitchen.
Canterbury Cure Trout Roe is a very impressive caviar. Sustainably harvested from Rainbow Trout in France, each pearl is firm, large, and well-defined. They are a beautiful light orange color that glistens when examined closely. When chewed, Canterbury Cure Trout Roe has an explosive pop that excites the taste buds. Ones palette is filled with a succulent, fresh flavor that is full-bodied yet still mildly sweet with earthy undertones. Add Canterbury Cure Trout Roe to Scrambled Eggs for a lively taste infusion for breakfast or add them to a seared fish dish as a complimentary flavor.
Cold smoked with an exquisite balance of apple and oak woods, Canterbury Cure Smoked Trout Roe is an incredible taste sensation. They have an initial burst of succulent flavor that is fresh with a hint of smokiness. The pearls are firm with a translucent orange color. When you inspect them closer, you can see a deep orange ‘eye’ within each pearl. Add them to Deviled Eggs or include them with a Trout dish for an added layer of flavor.
Canterbury Cure Salmon Roe, also known as Ikura and Ketta, is a fantastically rich roe erupting with flavor. Using traditional Russian Methods to ensure quality, this Salmon Roe is harvested fresh in Alaska. Each large pearl is a striking red-orange color with a delightfully refreshing salmon flavor. Hugely popular in raw preparations, particularly sashimi, Salmon Roe is also excellent in preparations such as Sunny-Side Eggs or any recipe using Salmon as the primary protein.
The bright color, fresh scent, and uniform eggs make Canterbury Cure Premium Paddlefish Caviar one of the world’s best Caviars. Each egg has a subtle ‘pop’ when you bite into it, releasing the eggs’ light, salty flavor. Made from wild-caught Paddlefish, Canterbury Cure maintains close relationships with the fishermen who supply the Caviar to ensure it is of the highest quality. Add them to Poached Oysters or to a Baked Potato dish to elevate the flavor from good to sensational!
Great Caviar starts with great fish and Canterbury Cure makes no compromises when it comes to their Top Grade California Sturgeon Caviar. Made from farm-raised premium White Sturgeon in California, their perfectly sized eggs are salt and pepper in color with a buttery, nut-like flavor and clean finish. For an interesting treat, add White Sturgeon Caviar to a Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Sandwich or use a White Sturgeon Caviar and Crème Fraiche mix instead of mayonnaise on a Chicken Sandwich.
Canterbury Cure has premium offerings beyond high-quality Caviars, such as their Premium Smoked California White Sturgeon and Scottish Salmon. Canterbury Cure Premium Smoked Sturgeon has a sweet, smoky flavor, and is perfect for use in salads. Prepared weekly in small, artisanal batches and sliced by hand, Canterbury Cure Premium Scottish Smoked Salmon is delectable, with a light, buttery texture, and a delicate smoke flavor. Pan-frying it brings out its natural saltiness without losing its tenderness.
In addition to premium Caviars and Smoked fish, Canterbury Cure also offers the highest quality Sundried Tomatoes on the market. Imported from Turkey, their Sundried Tomatoes are made from premium vine ripened Tomatoes that are naturally sundried, giving them a sweet, slightly tart flavor. Canterbury Cure Sundried Tomatoes are perfect for use in Sauces, Salsas, and Salad dressings.
The Canterbury Cure Team is meticulous, thoughtful, and devoted to providing high-quality, premium seafood products. All of these traits become evident within the delicious Canterbury Cure product line. Whether it’s their Caviars, Smoked Salmon, or Sundried Tomatoes, you know you are buying only the best from Canterbury Cure.
The Sun Never Sets on the True North Empire
By: Nick Iannucci
True North Salmon is renowned for their fresh, farm-raised Atlantic Salmon, but are you aware True North Salmon is part of a larger seafood empire? They’re a division of Cooke Aquaculture, a family owned and operated seafood company with divisions all around the world. Each division of the Cooke family of companies offers excellent, distinct seafood products.
True North Salmon is synonymous with high-quality, farm-raised Atlantic Salmon. They have beautiful silvery skin with black dots over the body and head. The flesh is bright pinkish-orange and the meat is moderately firm with a large moist flake. With a light, mild, delicate flavor and soft, smooth, buttery texture, it is perfect to poach, pan-fry, grill, bake, or broil. True North Salmon has the versatility to handle it all!
Just as True North Salmon is synonymous with premium Atlantic Salmon, Cooke Aquaculture Scotland is renowned for their farm-raised Scottish Salmon. Their farms are located on the northernmost tip of Scotland by the islands of Shetland and Orkney, where strong tidal currents ensure the salmon are firm and muscular. The nice oil content makes Cooke Aquaculture Scotland’s salmon a perfect choice to be grilled, baked, poached, pan-fried or cooked en papillote.
Based in North Carolina, USA, Wanchese Fish Company has been providing a range of great tasting seafood products since 1936, and joined the Cooke family in 2015. They offer a wide range of seafood products including Amberjack, Moon Fish, Sea Mullet, Spanish Mackerel, Fluke, Walu, Shrimp and Scallops. Spanish Mackerel is an oily fish with moderate texture and dark meat that’s bursting with flavor! The high oil content means Spanish Mackerel is excellent baked, broiled, steamed, smoked, poached, or fried. Wanchese’s Fluke has white flesh with a delicate texture and mild sweet taste. A great option to be prepared pan-fried, grilled, and steamed. A real treat for your taste buds are Wanchese’s Scallops. They are sweet, succulent and perfect on the grill, sautéed, or broiled.
The newest member of the Cooke family is Icicle Seafoods. A mainstay in the Alaska fishery, Icicle Seafoods has been providing sustainable Wild Alaska seafood for nearly 50 years. They offer Wild Alaska King, Sockeye, Coho, Pink, and Keta Salmon, Sablefish (Black Cod), and Alaska Halibut. Each type of Wild Alaska Salmon has its own distinct flavor characteristics, but as a whole are gamier than their farm-raised cousins and are excellent options for grilling, broiling, sautéing, baking, poaching, steaming and smoking. Sablefish has a succulent, buttery taste with tender flesh. Its high oil content makes it great smoked as it won’t lose any of its flavor in the process. Alaska Halibut has a mild, sweet taste with large flakes. It tastes great prepared baked, broiled, grilled, poached, and sautéed.
Culmárex Group is located in Spain and specializes in farm-raised Seabass and Seabream (Dorade). The natural Mediterranean currents ensure their fish are healthy and tasty. Culmárex Seabass has a mild, subtle flavor with a buttery texture and is great prepared grilled, baked, broiled or pan-seared. Culmárex Seabream, or Dorade if you prefer, has a succulent, white flesh and is ideal for grilling, baking, and frying.
Salmones Cupquelan is based in Chile and offers a full range of fresh and frozen Salmon and Trout products. Their farms are located in the Cupquelan Fjord, which is fed by glaciers and are surrounded by rainforests – providing a pristine environment to raise premium quality fish. Their Trout has a delicate, almost nutty flavor and is great pan-fried, baked, and grilled.
True North Salmon is part of a seafood empire that provides premium aquaculture salmon and much, much more! Cooke Aquaculture and its wild fishery sister companies are a truly global seafood family business priding itself on providing a variety of delicious, high-quality seafood products from all their divisions.
For more information about Cooke Aquaculture, visit: cookeaqua.com and cookefarms.ca.
Delicious, Versatile, and Fresh: Hawaiian Kampachi
By: Nick Iannucci
From the clear, clean waters of Kona, Hawaii comes a premium grade fish known as Hawaiian Kampachi™ provided to you exclusively by Blue Ocean Mariculture.
Praised for its sweet flavor, rich taste, and firm, crisp texture, Hawaiian Kampachi™ can be prepared in a wide variety of ways. Additionally, every bit of the fish can be used so there is no waste. Hawaiian Kampachi™ cuts easily and efficiently, with few bones and a small bloodline. The crisp texture and clean taste make it a favorite for sashimi, ceviche, and poke dishes. It cooks quickly in its natural oils and is superb with a wide variety of simple and complex flavors and treatments. With a high fat content, Hawaiian Kampachi™ is a tender, juicy, and flavorful fish that provides a truly substantial main course or an exciting appetizer.
When you cook Hawaiian Kampachi™, the meat has a very nice flake and remains moist. Different cuts lend themselves better to certain cooking preparations than others: Whole Hawaiian Kampachi™ lends itself to roasting, poaching, and steaming preparations while collar cut is best for roasting and frying. Both skin-on whole fillets and belly fillets are great for sashimi, grilling, and pan-searing, with whole fillets also being great for steaming and belly fillets excellent for ceviche. No matter the cut or cooking preparation, Hawaiian Kampachi™ will leave your patron’s taste buds in awe.
In addition to its fabulous taste and versatility in the kitchen, Hawaiian Kampachi™ is also an excellent lean protein source. It has a near perfect mixture of heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids and Omega-6, making it an excellent healthy-choice menu option.
Hawaiian Kampachi™ are raised using the most sustainable, environmentally-friendly production methods available. The fish are hatched from locally caught brood fish and reared in the clear, offshore waters of Kona. The grow-out site is located in deep, open ocean conditions to minimize the impact on water quality and maximize fish health. In fact, this product of the USA practices sustainable production methods with State of Hawaii and EPA oversight. The fish also benefit from very low stocking densities which promote greater health among their stock. All feed used by Blue Ocean are from well-managed fisheries certified sustainable by one or more industry groups.
Blue Ocean Mariculture provides a consistent and reliable supply of fresh Hawaiian Kampachi™, delivering it twice weekly throughout Hawaii and the U.S. mainland. The fish is available year-round, harvested to order, and a rapid chilling process is used to ensure the freshest product from the water to your plate. In addition to being on the menus of top restaurants across the U.S., the fish has been featured at James Beard Foundation Dinners around the country and is showcased annually at the Hawaiian Food & Wine Festival.
With its sweet, rich flavor and firm, crisp texture Hawaiian Kampachi is a delicious fish ready made for your menu. Perfect for all seasons, perfect for every culinary style, and perfect for all cuisines, Blue Ocean Mariculture Hawaiian Kampachi™ is a delectable fish that will have your patrons coming back for more. For more information, visit www.bofish.com
Fans of delicious seafood rejoice! From beautiful cosmo-tropical waters come delectable, versatile octopus! Rapidly rising in popularity, octopus is becoming a must-have on menus, and White Seas is ready to offer you the best quality octopus you can find.
White Seas Octopus (Octopus Vulgaris) has a delicate, slightly sweet, briny taste. Their edible flesh is usually purple-black when raw, but cooks to a nice white color. Their sweet meat is very firm, but under the proper cooking conditions will become tender. The natural conditions where the octopus live – rocky bottom close to shore that evolves to vast sand plains – plus the abundance of crab and shrimp to feed on, gives White Seas Octopus a superior taste and quality.
“I really like the White Seas Octopus as it comes in good portion size,” says Chef Evan, Sous Chef at Kanella in Philadelphia. “It’s always tender when cooked properly. We like to poach it in a red wine sauce offering a wonderful texture and flavor.”
Octopus makes an excellent addition to any menu featuring Asian, Mediterranean, South American, and Caribbean cuisines. In many parts of the world cooking octopus is nothing new. Octopus is a regular staple for multiple cuisines and has been for years. A long time sushi favorite, it is now also being used creatively in dishes such as octopus terrine, octopus confit, octopus risotto, and octopus with pasta. It can also be added in salads, stews, or with potatoes. The most popular way to cook octopus is on the grill where the searing flames bring out the flavor of the meat. Grilling octopus adds a rich, smoky flavor that pairs well with grilled asparagus or squash.
Octopus is also a very nutritious seafood option. It is a good source of twelve different vitamins and minerals. In each 3 oz. serving of octopus you are consuming more than 10% daily value (DV) of twelve essential nutrients you need daily. Octopus is also a lean protein source that is low in fat and contains as much protein as a 3 oz. serving of chicken.
White Seas Octopus is harvested in the pristine cosmo-tropical waters. Processing plants are located in Portugal and Spain. The plants’ close proximity to fishing grounds and unloading ports ensures a very fresh product. Additionally, the European Union imposes strict sanitary regulations that are applied from vessel to processing plant. Using “shelter traps” (pots) targets mature individuals with virtually no by-catch and minimal environmental impact. These pots are designed to trick the octopus into hiding within the pot. White Seas Octopus is available fresh or IQF frozen for the best possible taste, freshness, and texture. It comes in 2-4, 4-6 lbs., 6-8 lbs., and 8+ lbs. sizes. Excellent management of the fishery allows octopus to be harvested year around, ensuring a steady and continuous supply to market.
Octopus is a healthy and tasty seafood option that continues to grow in popularity. White Seas provides the finest octopus on the market. The exquisite conditions the octopus lives in, plus the meticulous care that is taken from harvest to process, ensures that every octopus from White Seas is of the highest quality. Samuels and Son Seafood is the exclusive distributor of delicious White Seas Octopus. Ask your sales rep for availability.
Fresh, Savory, Versatile, and Sustainable
By Nick Iannucci
When you think about Alaska Seafood, images of pristine waters, healthy fresh fish, and large, luscious crabs come to mind. Alaska Seafood has become synonymous with high-quality, healthy seafood options. With Alaska salmon season in full-swing, now is the perfect time to fantasize about what your next Alaska Seafood meal will be.
One of the first items to come to mind is salmon. And the king of salmon is the Chinook, or King Salmon. Wild King Salmon is the pinnacle of elegance and class within the salmon world. The rich translucent red meat has a firm texture and is delicate to the touch. Wild King Salmon have a rich, succulent, buttery flavor. They are extremely versatile in the kitchen, holding up well to a variety of different cooking techniques – pan fried, steamed, grilled, smoked, roasted, etc.
Of course, with Alaska Salmon it’s not all about the king. Wild Alaska Sockeye Salmon has deep red meat and is a mouth wateringly full-flavored fish with a high fat content, which adds to its deliciousness. Coho Salmon, also called Silver, has orange-red flesh that is firm and meaty. Their medium oil content lends them a refreshingly delicate flavor and are perfect for poaching. Keta Salmon, also called Chum or Silverbrite, are a firm textured fish with a mild flavor. It has traditionally been an excellent smoked fish, but recently it has been gaining notoriety as a fresh fish. Pink Salmon has, you guessed it, rosy-pink meat. The texture of the meat varies from soft to medium and it has a mild, delicate flavor and is great for roasting or grilling.
Wild Alaska Seafood goes beyond salmon. Sablefish (Black Cod) is rich in oil and has a succulent flavor making it perfect for grilling, smoking, or pan-frying. Alaska Cod is outstanding and famous in its own right. Alaska Cod has a sweet flavor and can hold its own in most cooking environments, including being roasted, poached, steamed, sautéed, or deep-fried. Alaska Rockfish is a glorious fish; excellent sautéed, roasted, broiled, or grilled.
No conversation about Alaska seafood would be complete without mentioning crab. Wild Alaska Snow Crab is a unique taste experience with a sweet, delicate flavor. With snowy-white meat and a tender texture, Wild Alaska Snow Crab is simply elegant. The Dungeness Crab from Alaska are the largest and most flavorful Dungeness’ in the world. With tender, flaky white meat, they are packed with a distinct sweet flavor. But the big crab on the block is
Wild Alaska King Crab. With an average weight between 6 – 10 lbs., Alaska King Crabs are the largest and most impressive crabs caught in the world. Don’t let their size and appearance fool you – their meat is tender and packed with a rich, sweet flavor.
A large portion of Alaska Seafood is certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), including a great deal of the wild salmon harvested in Alaska. MSC is an international non-profit organization that works with scientists, fisheries, seafood producers, and brands to promote sustainable fishing. They set and maintain credible standards for sustainable wild fishing and seafood traceability.
In addition to the MSC certification, the majority of Wild Alaska Seafood is certified by the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) program. This model is based on the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and assessments are performed against an internationally-agreed set of principles for responsible fisheries management.
In addition to fresh seafood, almost all species of Alaska Seafood are widely available year round thanks to advances in flash-freezing technology. Rapidly frozen just after harvest, frozen Alaska Seafood offers premium quality in a convenient, year round form with great taste and texture.
With a pristine environment, sustainability efforts, and seafood with an unparalleled taste, Alaska has earned its reputation for having some of the best wild seafood in the world.
Regal Springs Tilapia – Rich Flavor with a Pure Clean Taste
By: Joe Ciminera
Tilapia is a seafood item that seems to grow in popularity every year, rendering the market saturated with the tender fish. So, what separates Regal Springs Tilapia from the rest?
Regal Springs Tilapia has a rich flavor that customers cannot get enough of. The pure and clean taste of the fish makes it easy to pair with a wide array of sauces and accoutrements to enhance the great flavor. Of course, salt, pepper and olive oil is really all that’s needed for such a flavorful fish. The flavor of a fish is the result of the environment of where it is raised and the quality of feed. As a farm raised Tilapia, Regal Springs can ensure their fish are only eating high quality feed. Regal Springs produce their own feed to ensure absolute quality. The fish have an advantage over fish in the wild because they only eat the nutritious floating vegetable based foods.
This controlled diet allows them to grow healthy and strong. Since Regal Springs Tilapia are raised in large floating lake nets, the fish do not eat algae, mud or waste at the bottoms of shallow ponds. The importance of keeping the fish from feeding on the bottom of the pens is crucial for taste. As they only feed in the water channel, the fish maintain a clean taste.
While the fish feed is essential for taste and health, so is the water. With facilities in Indonesia, Honduras and Mexico, Regal Springs makes a concentrated effort to maintain the environment at every step of their operation, and as they rely on pristine water to raise healthy Tilapia, it is paramount they keep the water pure. Regal Springs educates all employees as well as members of the community who are interested in learning about the importance of environmental preservation.
To ensure perfect water quality Regal Springs has invested in water monitoring stations and laboratories directly at the lakes where the fish are raised. Regal Springs utilizes less than 1% of the lake surface area and constantly monitor the water in which the Tilapia swim.
Regal Springs has received British Retail Council (BRC), Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Certification making them one of the most sustainable farmed fish operations in the world.
Regal Springs boasts a “zero-waste policy” where after processing, all of the remaining parts of the fish are used. Scales from the fish are used in cosmetic manufacturing; the fish oil is extracted and used in animal feed and bio-diesel fuel, and the trimming and innards are transformed into natural compost and given out to local farmers.
The sense of community and pride creates a workforce at Regal Springs that go to great lengths to produce a product that is pristine, flavorful and sustainable.
Open Blue Cobia: Your Next Favorite Fish
By: Joe Ciminera
Every decade introduces a new product, we have seen Tilapia and Chilean Sea Bass become huge hits on many menus, and now Cobia will have its turn. Cobia isn’t a new species, its been around for quite a while, however it now has the means to be the next hot item. Theonly step that needs to be taken for a diner to discover their new favorite fish is to simply taste Cobia. Cobia is an incredibly delicious, healthy fish, and no one provides better tasting Cobia than Open Blue.
Open Blue Cobia is one of the easiest fish to work with and prepare. It has incredible versatility and is perfect grilled, broiled, pan-seared or barbecued. Open Blue Cobia is also sashimi quality and can be enjoyed as sushi, crudo, ceviche and poke. The versatility of the fish stems from its high fat content which gives chefs room to try different preparations while keeping the fish moist and flavorful. Open Blue Cobia has a firm texture and a beautiful white flesh which is maintained through any cooking preparation. It is very clean and has a mild taste that works well with different sauces and accoutrements.
The taste and texture is what will make Open Blue Cobia a customer’s new favorite fish, but the incredible health benefits and sustainability are an added bonus. The same high fat content that gives the fish its great flavor also happens to lend very healthy Omega-3’s that are abundant in Open Blue Cobia and imperative for health. With the warmer weather right around the corner and everyone trying to get their bodies ready for the beach, Cobia is a fish packed with protein that is low in calories and ideal for promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Open Blue raises Cobia in deep, pristine Panamanian ocean waters where they are native in the Caribbean Sea. The farms are 8 miles offshore, over the horizon, far from sensitive ecosystems and in strong ocean currents, so the fish have ample room to grow and thrive. Their dedicated team of experienced fish farmers ensure that all Open Blue Cobia is raised from egg to plate using the most humane and responsible methods possible. Open Blue has full traceability into the life of their fish, and all the fish are raised on natural, non-GMO diets.
The goal of all fish farming is to meet the marketplace needs for the ever-growing demand of seafood without harming sea life or the environment. Through their high energy habitat with clean, moving ocean water, Open Blue creates the perfect natural growing environment which has a very minimal impact on the pristine waters around it. As the demand for seafood grows, constant innovation of aquaculture practices is crucial, and Open Blue is leading the charge.
The time and effort invested into producing each and every Open Blue Cobia is tasted with every bite. When it comes to Cobia, tasting is believing.
True North Salmon
Deliciousness That Always Sticks Out
By: Joe Ciminera
The sun breaking through the dense grey skies of winter are a telltale sign that spring is arriving.
As we approach the warmer months, diners are looking to get their diets back on track and opting for lighter, more nutritious fare. True North Salmon is the ideal centerpiece for any healthy dish. The sensational, mild flavor of True North Salmon and its smooth buttery texture are the main reasons that top chefs love working with it, but it is the nutrition benefits that make True North a popular springtime dish.
True North Salmon is the perfect fish for the grill. The high fat content of Salmon allows chefs to be creative in their preparations as it can stand up to intense heat, and still remain moist and flaky. While a grilled fillet of True North Salmon is pretty hard to beat, their new Salmon Skewers put a fun twist on a delicious item. Available in 3oz and 5oz portions, these precut and skewered Salmon pieces are great grilled or baked for a unique and mouthwatering appetizer.
Many consumers are curious if farm raised Salmon is as healthy as wild Salmon, and the answer is a resounding yes. Both farm raised Salmon and wild Salmon are excellent sources of protein, essential vitamins and minerals. One of the most talked about health benefits of eating Salmon is the abundance of Omega-3 acids found in the fish. A recent study conducted by the US Department of Agriculture determined that farmed Salmon typically has more Omega-3’s than wild Salmon. The reason for this is the Salmon farmers have the ability to control the makeup of the feed which provided more consistent results.
True North uses only natural ingredients in their feed so they are able to grow, healthy, delicious, all natural fish. The quality of the feed is a direct correlation to the flavor and appearance of the fish, two things True North Salmon is known for.
Raising the perfect Salmon is truly an art, and for True North it is a
step by step approach that mimics the natural life cycle of the fish. The process begins in freshwater hatcheries where the eggs are nurtured until they hatch. Then, the fry are moved to indoor freshwater enclosures where they are raised until they are ready to be moved. Next stop is True North’s open water enclosures in the sea where they live and grow for 18 to 24 months before they are harvested. After harvesting, the Salmon are quickly and carefully packed and shipped, ensuring the product arrives fast and at its peak freshness.
True North understands that fresh and healthy eating is top of mind in the warm weather months, so they have made it easy to prepare and fun to eat. Be it a baked fillet of True North Salmon served as the centerpiece of an upscale plate, or a grilled True North Salmon Skewer for a healthy appetizer or quick meal, True North products have the versatility chefs and customers crave.
Samuels Displaying Amazing Products
from Six Continents at SENA
By: Joe Ciminera
Samuels & Son Seafood is pleased to announce their unique partnerships with vendors representing six different continents for the 2016 Seafood Expo North America. This year, Samuels will be partnering for the first time with Les Grands Viviers and Andromeda Seafood, as well continuing their strong partnership with Ora King Salmon, Prime Time Seafood, Paradise Shrimp, and many others.
Les Grands Viviers will be the story of SENA, and Samuels and Son will be the only booth with their incredible products on display. Based in Senegal, Les Grands Viviers is made up of local, generational fishermen with a distinctive knowledge of the waters they fish, enabling them to catch beautiful Rouget, John Dory, Rock Fish, Jumbo Calamari, and Pink Snapper. Their small boats leave the local fishing villages for 8-12 hours at a time, returning with and incredible catch that is immediately packed in ice for processing. The freshness and flavor of seafood from Les Grands Viviers is unmatched.
Andromeda Group is becoming one of the most talked about aquaculture companies in all of Europe. Their quality products including Bronzino, Dorade, Red Porgy and Meagre are going to be the talk of the show, and the Pr1mus line, featuring products of the utmost quality, handled with impeccable care by expertly trained farmers will be on display at the Samuels and Son both. Andromeda Seafood Group is the only producer with equally distributed capacity across the Mediterranean, and they continue their rapid growth through the quality and innovation that has put them on the map.
Samuels and Son Seafood will be featuring the best Shrimp at the Seafood Expo once again with a display and tasting of Paradise Shrimp. Started in 2007 by a contingent of Mexican fishermen who were dedicated to produce the world’s best tasting Shrimp, Paradise Shrimp now does just that with a fleet of over 400 boats. Wild caught in the pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean, the Shrimp are able to grow and thrive in nutrient rich, ocean waters, giving them a sweet taste and plump firm texture that are the gold standard when it comes to Shrimp.
The Ora King Salmon story is a simple one, as in there is simply no better Salmon in the world. Raised in the idyllic waters of New Zealand, only a select few Salmon earn the Ora King label. Ora King Salmon is impeccable in taste, appearance and texture, and their sustainability efforts are as renowned as their fish.
Visitors of the Samuels pop-up style café booth will be treated like Hollywood Royalty with offerings from Prime Time Seafood. Prime Time Seafood has been one of the most intriguing stories in seafood for over 25 years as they have been able to source fish through wild caught methods, aquaculture, and ranch raised approaches. Their traditional and innovative approach has yielded exceptional Hiramasa, Tuna, Swordfish, Mahi, Wahoo and Opah. Prime Time Seafood will be in the limelight at SENA.
Many companies have attempted to raise a delicious tank raised Salmon, but Atlantic Sapphire has done it. Samuels and Son is proud to be the exclusive Mid-Atlantic vendor of this unique and delicious product that will be on display at their both. Another exclusive Samuels brand is Blu Crabmeat, this premium pasteurized Indonesian Crabmeat will tantalize taste buds of SENA attendees.
Regal Springs Tilapia will be partnering with Samuels & Son this year, and boasting their Tilapia raised on all-natural feed, resulting in a flavorful and beautiful fish. Tandel’s Shrimp will once again be partners with Samuels. Showing that responsible farming can result in incredible Shrimp, the Indian based company has strong ties to the local fishing community, stressing the importance of environmental preservation throughout their community.
One of the most versatile and popular products at SENA is sure to be White Sea’s Octopus which can be featured across a wide range of cuisines that an international seafood show has on display. Quality Seafood is a first time sponsor with longstanding ties to local waters. Providing Fresh Crab and Crabmeat, Quality Seafood has earned their name throughout the years.
Ekstrom Enterprises: Fish without Seasons
By: Joe Ciminera
arming fish is an art that can only be perfected through years of trial and error, incredible patience, and a pride in your work.
Ekstrom Enterprises has mastered that art and now offers discerning chefs premium Silver Streak Hybrid striped bass, Natures Catch Hybrid Striped Bass, and Copper Shoals Red Drum raised in the United States year round, so incredible fresh fish is never out of reach.
The only way to have success and longevity in the farm raised fish industry is to consistently offer a premium product. Since 1997, the Ekstrom family has been raising incredible tasting and magnificent looking Silver Streak Hybrid Striped Bass from their state-of-the-art operation in Danevang, Texas. In 2011, the Ekstroms added Nature’s Catch in Clarksdale, Mississippi, to its family of farms, and a year later expanded production to Marks, Mississippi.
Ekstrom has the largest Hybrid Striped Bass farming operation in the United States with 114 ponds over 2,500 acres of water under production. The only way that kind of growth can happen is by producing a fine product, and both Silver Streak and Nature’s Catch are just that. High quality seafood begins with the growing environment, and Ekstrom hybrid striped bass mature in natural pond settings where farming experts monitor the ponds on a 24/7 basis. Such attention and dedication allows fish to grow and thrive without the use of hormones or antibiotics.
Silver Streak and Nature’s Catch Striped Bass come in sizes ranging from Medium (1 1/2lbs-2lbs) all the way to Extra Jumbo weighing in at 3+lbs. The impressive and convenient sizes are only outshone by the quality of their fish. Silver Streak and Nature’s Catch Striped Bass have an appealing delicate flavor and an incredible flaky texture that makes it a pleasure to eat. The fish have a bright white flaky flesh when cooked, and beautiful silver skin with the telltale horizontal stripes of striped bass.
It can be prepared whole in baked or steamed preparations, and the fillets are perfect to be seared, grilled, baked or fried.
Another amazing offering from Ekstrom is Copper Shoals Red Drum. Commonly known as redfish, red drum is actually more copper-colored than red, and has a beautiful elongated cylindrical shape. Its most distinctive feature is a large black spot on the tail. Marine Biologists believe that the spot may trick predators into targeting the tail rather than the head, allowing the fish a chance to escape.
Copper Shoals Red Drum are bred and farmed near Palacios, Texas. Fingerlings mature there in earthen ponds filled with saltwater sourced from the Matagorda Bay system and saline aquifers, and like with Silver Streak and Nature’s Catch Striped Bass, production ponds are monitored around the clock to ensure quality and safety.
Copper Shoals Red Drum are harvested to customer orders and immediately plunged into ice slurry, lowering the core temperature of the fish so it is packed and shipped at its utmost freshness.
Although blackened redfish is the dish that made red drum a superstar in southern costal states, the amazing flavor and texture of Copper Shoals Red Drum can be brought out through any number of creative cooking preparations.
DNI Group – Japanese Inspired Seafood and Appetizers
by Joe Ciminera
In the early 1980’s, the Sushi craze in America spread to most major cities, and by the 1990’s, Sushi and Japanese inspired restaurants were popping up everywhere.
As Sushi continued to grow in popularity, chefs and restaurateurs were looking to serve high grade products. DNI Group entered the market to serve restaurants with quality, consistent products at affordable prices. The San Francisco based company has been offering chefs convenient, Sashimi Grade Seafood and Japanese specialty products since 1995. While Sushi is more popular than ever, the products offered by DNI Group are perfect for all types of restaurants. Chefs who want to spice up their menu now have DNI as a resource.
DNI Group offers an incredible array of innovative core Japanese seafood items and traditional Japanese style appetizers with products fitting for all menus! They pride themselves on maintaining reliable inventory and timely delivery, two key services which help support a successful restaurant. DNI Group offers products ranging from Shrimp and Soft Shell Crab, to Sashimi grade Atlantic Salmon and authentic Japanese gyoza (pot stickers). Two of their most popular products though, are their Maneki® brand Nobashi Ebi and Tezukuri® brand Tempura Shrimp.
The beauty of incredible, cost effective and easy to use Tempura Shrimp is that it is not just for Sushi restaurants anymore. Customers clamor for these crispy, delicious treats as they are the perfect appetizer for any meal. DNI Group has a reliable inventory with product available year round, ensuring you have the product you need exactly when you need it.
Nobashi Ebi is great for chefs who pride themselves on making their own tempura batter and frying it up themselves. Maneki® Pacific White Nobashi Ebi, with its incredible flavor and ideal texture, is perfect for making tasty Tempura Shrimp. When frozen, it has a shelf life of 24 months, so it can be stored and used as needed. The high quality of the Maneki® Nobashi Ebi is easy to work with and is a customer favorite.
Tezukuri® Tempura Shrimp is as easy to prepare as removing it from the package and heating it up. The succulent Shrimp is hand dipped in tempura batter and fully cooked, then conveniently packaged and frozen. It can be purchased in bulk, stored in the freezer and used as needed for a delicious and hassle free appetizer. Available in 13/15, 16/20 and 21/25 sizes, Tezukuri® Tempura Shrimp has the right size to meet your customer’s needs.
As the hunger for unique seafood creations only grows, DNI Group is committed to helping chefs bring quality products to their customers with reliable inventory, accurate service and on time delivery.