7 Seafood Staples That Will Transform Your Supper
Ortiz Bonito Del Norte
We'd buy this Spanish tuna for its gorgeous package alone—but, happily, what's inside the can is every bit as appealing. Meaty, firm tuna filets—all line caught according to sustainable fishing practices—are packed in olive oil and exceptionally clean tasting. Try it in a nicoise salad.
To buy: $7.50 for 4 ounces, markethallfoods.com.
Featured March 2015
Mixed Redhead & Thinkpink Traditional Pack
Loaded with omega-3s and vitamin D, wild Alaskan salmon is one of the most environmentally-friendly seafood choices consumers can make—but buying it fresh can get pricey fast. That's why we love this variety pack of delicious pink and sockeye salmon from the family-run Pure Alaska Seafood Co. Try them in homemade salmon cakes—or straight out of the can.
To buy: $58 for 12 cans, purealaskasalmon.com.
Tonnino Tuna Fillets With Olive Oil and Oregano
Want to know a secret? The best supermarket tuna comes in jars, not cans. We're especially crazy about the offerings from Tonnino, which feature large, succulent fillets packed in olive oil and an array of appealing seasonings, such as fragrant oregano and spicy jalapeno.
To buy: $9 for 6.7 ounces, tonnino.com.
Matiz Gallego Sardines in Olive Oil With Lemon
Forget all the old sardine stereotypes—these tender little filets are delicate and mild and have a pleasant citrus edge. Harvested off the coast of Galicia, Spain using traditional methods, they’re a great substitute for tuna in sandwiches or eaten plain with salt, pepper, and fresh herbs.
To buy: $4 for 4.2 ounces, spanishtable.com.
Nettuni Alici Salate
These firm little fish are the gold standard when it comes to anchovies—hailing from a legendary, centuries-old fishing village along Italy’s Amalfi coast, packed in salt, and cured in chestnut barrels. Stir some into a puttanesca sauce or add to a Mediterranean pasta salad for a perfectly balanced, briny flavor.
To buy: $16.50 for 14.5 ounces; gustiamo.com.
Les Mouettes d'Arvor Sardines
These charming French sardines, caught off the coast of Brittany and packed in high quality olive oil, come in distinctively colored tins and an array of flavors, all of which are wonderfully dense and fresh tasting. Try the piquant “chile” version on toast with slices of roasted red pepper or avocado.
To buy: $8 for 4 ounces; markethallfoods.com.
Safe Catch Mercury-Free Tuna
The first of its kind, this groundbreaking new tuna brand promises to test the mercury levels of every fish it uses before it is canned—ensuring that consumers never have to worry about ingesting unsafe levels. Expected to launch nationally in early April 2015, their sustainably-fished albacore and skipjack are available for pre-order now. Bonus: The cans are also certified BPA free.
To buy: $21-$27 for 6 cans; safecatch.com.
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