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Top 5 Reasons to Eat Seafood

Posted by Lindsay Adler on May 03 2017

USE GULF SEAFOOD IN YOUR SEAFOOD RECIPES  

There are many reasons to eat more seafood, whether that is Louisiana Seafood or from your local waters. The USDA Guidelines recommend eating seafood at least twice a week, but only 1 in 10 of us actually do. From the health benefits of seafood, to the vast possibilities of seafood recipes, to supporting the sustainable seafood industry, you can’t go wrong in increasing your consumption.  Oh, and one more obvious reason… seafood is delicious!

Whether you’re a seafood lover or working on increasing your healthy eating habits, seafood’s versatilityfrom shellfish to finfish to shrimp and oystersmeans there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF SEAFOOD


seafood recipes gulf fish new orleans best seafood deanies seafood louisiana seafood .jpgSeafood is high in protein, nutrients, and omega-3 fatty acids, and eating fish once or twice a week has been associated with a 36% reduction in death from heart disease and a 17% reduction in death from any cause.  Seafood is also high in vitamins, minerals and amino acids. While most consumers know that seafood is high in Omega 3s, it is also a major source of vitamin D for strong bones, vitamin A for eyes and skin, and vitamins C and E for a healthy immune system. Many types of seafood including shrimp and bivalves (oysters, mussels, clams) are high in selenium, vitamin B12, phosphorous, choline, copper, and iodine.

SEAFOOD CAN BE FOUND ANYWHERE 

Whether you live on the coast, or you’re landlocked, you can almost always find seafood available at your local grocery store. Frozen dometic seafood like shrimp or fish is a great option, because the items are usually frozen within hours of being caught, so you’re likely getting the freshest seafood available. Frozen seafood also lends itself well to seafood recipes like Seafood Gumbo or Shrimp Etouffée. Online ordering is readily available these days as well, with many purveyors selling both fresh and cooked seafood items.

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SEAFOOD IS VERSATILE AND EASY TO PREPARE  

Seafood is one of the most versatile proteins in the world, and is easy and quick to cook. Many seafood dishes take less than 15 minutes to prepare, and most fish can be prepared simply with a little oil or butter, salt and pepper, and a squeeze of lemon.  With more than 1,800 varieties of seafood available, there are a multitude of options for meals. Fish and shellfish can stand alone as a center-of-the-plate protein or be used as an ingredient in soups, salads, pasta dishes, rice dishes, vegetable entrees and more. Whether you’d prefer to boil or broil, barbeque or fry, you can do it with seafood. 

SEAFOOD RECIPES ARE DELICIOUS 

There are so many ways to showcase seafood, whether you’re cooking at home or dining out.  Shrimp shines in recipes like BBQ Shrimp or Grilled Shrimp Kebabs.  Blue Crab is amazing in dishes like Crabmeat Au Gratin.  Emeril’s Andouille Crusted Redfish is a showstopper, and John Besh’s Shrimp & Grits is sure to impress your family or friends. Or if you’re looking to get your fill of crawfish, you can visit any of New Orleans top restaurants serving boiled Louisiana crawfish.  Out of state?  Order seafood online at shopdeanies.com, we ship anywhere in the continental US!

SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD INDUSTRY 

blue_crabs_deanies_seafood.jpgThe “Dock to Table” industry has gained steam in the last few years, with consumers paying more attention to where (and how) their seafood is caught, and thinking about the impact or footprint we leave on our oceans and waters. As individuals, we can help restore balance to our aquaculture by pro-actively learning the origins of the seafood we’re buying and ordering in restaurants. Do your own research on your favorite items to find out how that particular species is caught, and where it comes from. Buying local seafood means you’re supporting the traditions, lifestyles, and environment that have sustained the fishing industry for centuries.

SEAFOOD INDUSTRY IMPACT ON THE GULF COAST 

The Gulf Coast produces 70% of the nation’s oysters, 69% of domestic shrimp, and is a leading producer of domestic hard and soft-shell blue crabs.  Gulf Coast seafood impacts our regional and national economy profoundly with a combined income of $26.9 billion and an influence on sales of over $60 billion nationwide.  On a flavorful note, the taste profile is superior because of the nutrient-rich environment of Gulf waters. In other words… the Gulf Coast provides the best and most delicious seafood in the world!

Louisiana_crawfish_boiled_crawfish_is_crawfish_in_season__Deanies_Seafood_New_Orleans.jpgDeanie’s Seafood Restaurants and Market have been serving hearty portions of the best boiled, broiled and fried seafood in New Orleans prepared in our signature Creole seasonings for more than 50 years. Deanie's Seafood was the first restaurant and seafood market in the Greater New Orleans region to have earned Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in 2014.

Deanie’s operates a thriving seafood market and catering business as well as two successful restaurants in the New Orleans area, the original location at 1713 Lake Ave. in the quaint fishing village of Bucktown (Metairie) and a second location in the heart of the historic French Quarter, located at 841 Iberville St. Our restaurants and seafood market are open seven days per week. 

 

Topics: Louisiana seafood, sustainable seafood, Gulf Seafood, Authentic Louisiana Wild Seafood, seafood recipes, eat local, easy seafood recipes, health benefits of seafood, eat more seafood

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