Seafood consumption in America continues to grow each year as consumers seek healthier, more sustainable sources of protein.
However, many remain wary of how to properly shop for and prepare seafood dishes at home. To combat this, companies are offering more ready-to-eat products, many packing a flavorful punch, that can be consumed straight out of the package or easily added to another dish.
Blue Hill Bay Lemon Dill Protein Bowl. This ready-to-heat protein bowl contains smoked roasted salmon, pre-cooked rice, and a New England Lemon Dill sauce. Just heat the rice for one minute, flake the salmon, and mix in the sauce. The bowl is high in protein, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and is sourced from farm-raised Salmo salar fish. Acme Smoked Fish Corp. smokes its fish one batch at a time using natural smoke generated from burning a blend of real fruit wood chips.
Fishpeople Ready, Set, Salmon! Slow Roasted Original Slices. These Wild Alaskan Salmon slices are expertly seasoned and oven-roasted. They can be enjoyed in a sandwich, on a salad, or on a bed of grains. This salmon is packed with protein, omega 3s, and contains no antibiotics or artificial ingredients. Plus, consumers can enter the seven-digit code on the back of the package to track their fish back to the fishermen who harvested it. fishpeopleseafood.com
Freshé Meals Thai Tuna with Sriracha. This Freshé Meal includes wild-caught tuna, sweet and sour beans, crunchy peanuts, leafy greens, and the spicy flavor of Sriracha sauce. It can be used in a wrap, on a flatbread, or even eaten straight from the tin. All Freshé Meals are made from all-natural, non-GMO ingredients, and packed into a pocket-sized BPA-free tin with fresh olive oil, hearty vegetables, and wild-caught protein.
Love the Wild Craft Ale Scampi Bowl with Shrimp. This microwavable bowl is made with craft ale, garlic, olive oil, lemon, chili flakes, basil, tomato, zucchini, and whole grain linguini. The shrimp contains selenium and both omega 3 and omega 6. In addition, shrimp are fast growing and prolific breeders, making it a sustainable choice for everyone. Love the Wild’s microwavable bowls provide a restaurant quality meal in under five minutes. lovethewild.com
Matiz España Spicy Wild Sardines with Chili Peppers in Olive Oil. These nutrient-rich sardines are prized for their plump, tender texture and rich flavor. Combined with a touch of sweet piquillo pepper, they make a tasty and satisfying snack. Wild-caught in the waters of Spain, Italy, and Croatia, Matiz Sardines are considered one of the finest sardines available in the world. They are best enjoyed fresh from the can or tossed with veggies, pasta, and some fresh lemon. Matiz Sardines also come packed in Spanish olive oil or with a touch of sea salt and lemon.
OneForNeptune White Fish Jerky Norse Smoke. OneForNeptune’s White Fish Jerky’s smoky sea salt, cracked pepper, and juniper berries pay homage to the Vikings who dried fish in the Longboats while sailing across the ocean. All OneForNeptune jerkies are ethically sourced from small-scale U.S. West Coast fisheries. Other flavors include Fiery Cajun and Honey Lemon Ginger. Each bag of jerky contains a QR code and a “Catch Batch” which allows consumers to trace the fish back to its origins. oneforneptune.com
Patagonia Provisions Wild Lummi Island Pink Salmon, Black Pepper. This lightly smoked and peppered wild pink salmon is fully cooked and ready to eat. The unopened package requires no refrigeration and is packed dry-bag, and shelf-stable. It can be enjoyed straight out of the pouch, or, for a more substantial meal, served over rice, grains, or greens. Patagonia Provisions’ wild pink salmon is harvested from abundant, sustainable runs off Lummi Island, Washington, using reef-nets, an ancient selective-harvest technique. This sourcing is a collaboration between Provisions, Lummi Island Wild, and the Wild Fish Conservancy. patagoniaprovisions.com
Safe Catch Elite Wild Tuna—Cajun. Safe Catch combines its lowest mercury tuna with all-natural paprika, garlic, cayenne, black pepper, oregano, onion, and a touch of avocado oil for a spicy, Southern-inspired snack. Safe Catch is a Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch partner and the sustainably caught tuna is Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Recommended. Safe Catch hand picks wild tuna, then tests each one to ensure a mercury limit that is 10 times lower than the FDA action limit. Safe Catch Elite is the only brand of tuna that meets Consumer Reports’ “Low Mercury” criteria set for pregnant women and children. safecatch.com
Season Brand Savories Sardine Salad Kit Sweet & Spicy. This salad kit contains flaked sardines in a savory sauce mixed with a tasty blend of vegetables, herbs, and fresh red peppers, along with six fat-free rice crackers. Chili powder, cayenne pepper, and onion powder lend a nice kick, while the sardines are a great source of protein and omega 3s. With an EZ Peel lid and a spoon included for serving, this is the perfect snack for on-the-go. seasonproducts.com
Wild Planet Wild Yellowtail Skinless and Boneless Fillets in Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Wild Planet’s Yellowtail is wild-caught with single species targeted with purse seine fishing in the North Pacific. It is a fish highly prized in sushi, known for its mild flavor, and rich oil content. Each serving contains 12 grams of protein and can be used in a salad, on toast, or in a sandwich. Available in a 4.4-ounce can, the fillets are Non-GMO Project Verified and kosher. wildplanetfoods.com
Arielle Feger is content associate for Specialty Food Magazine.