Seafood Smarts

Why Former "Trash Fish" Are The New Stars Of Seafood

Chefs are encouraging diners to try new species
Mar 24, 2015 12:00 pm

Americans are pretty predictable when it comes to ordering fish for dinner. We like our salmon, tuna and tilapia just fine, thank you. But beyond those oh-so-common varieties, the average Joe tends to get a little skittish. Lately, though, there’s been a concerted effort among the nation’s best chefs to help make regular people comfortable with eating all kinds of aquatic life.

Forget The ‘R-Month’ Thing: 9 Places To Eat Oysters Around The United States

Our picks in Chicago, Seattle, New Orleans and more
Jan 5, 2015 12:00 pm

We know, we know. You’ve long been told that you are supposed to eat oysters in months that only end in the letter R. And, true, eating oysters in August — when “red tides” can spread toxins across oyster beds — is not our first choice. But we’re living in an era of technologically advanced cold chains, where restaurants and markets pay a premium for the best of the best. This is why we think you should eat oysters pretty much all the time, especially in the fall and winter months. Here are 9 places to enjoy them around the United States. 

6 Places To Eat Excellent Crab Cakes In Baltimore

Crab cakes and football. That's what Maryland does!
Nov 6, 2014 12:00 pm

There’s one question that any Baltimorean can answer with ease: “Who has the best crab cakes?” Of course, each answer will be completely subjective. But despite the plethora of crab cakes (and opinions) in this town, the same handful of restaurants is mentioned over and over again. Here are six excellent places that don’t necessarily come to mind when on the hunt for a satisfying crabby patty.

Are We On The Verge Of A Seafood Tower Revolution?

The future is now, and it comes with cocktail sauce
Oct 6, 2014 10:00 am

Nice restaurants around the world love serving chilled seafood towers. Why? They're a great way to pad the bill and incredibly easy to assemble. Get some crushed ice, add shrimp, a few oysters, maybe half a lobster and voilà, fruits de mer. Chefs can send them out knowing that as long as the seafood is fresh, the guests will be happy. It's been like this for decades – centuries even – and there's been no sign of change coming... until now.

Make Salt And Pepper Squid At Home! Here's A Great Recipe.

Fry up these spicy, crispy squid rings for a crowd
Aug 14, 2014 12:00 pm

If the vast world of spices, whole and ground, seems a little exotic to you, pick up a copy of chef and cookbook author Paul Merrett's Spice Odyssey. Learn the basics of commonly used spices, then branch out and apply your knowledge to dishes from everyday classic to never-before-seen global specialties. First up, every food culture has a recipe for fried squid. Here's one you should make tonight. 

Here's A Strong Argument That Maryland Is America's Top Oyster State

Think the state is only about crabs? Think again.
Aug 6, 2014 3:00 pm

Think Maryland and you’ll probably think crabs. And while we’re certainly fond of our little blue crustacean friends, Marylanders also love oysters. A history of oyster consumption and farming in the region - as well as where to get them and a po' boy sandwich recipe - after the jump.

That's Good Head! How Modern Chefs Are Pushing Nose-To-Tail Dining With Fish

With fish guts, Americans still need some nudging
Jun 27, 2014 10:00 am

Chefs, food writers and other adventurous eaters — we live for things like fish heads; most Americans not so much. Hastened by the sustainability issue, U.S. restaurants are doing their part to broaden our tastes for seafood beyond the boring fillet. Will you bite? Dive in here.

Coconut Shrimp Salad With Spicy Mango & Cilantro Salsa Recipe

Healthy baked shrimp packed with fresh flavors
Jun 6, 2014 12:00 pm
coconut shrimp salad
Photo: Miles New

We're working our way through British chef and baking empress Lorraine Pascale's new book, A Lighter Way To Bake. Baked coconut shrimp salad is the perfect appetizer. The recipe, after the jump.

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