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6 Sustainable Seafood Recipes

Seafood can be healthy if you choose mindfully. Try these meals to boost omega-3 fatty acids with minimal environmental impact.

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Seafood can be a healthy addition to your plate if you choose mindfully. Try these six recipes (including a few from our friends at Clean Eating) to boost your intake of heart-saving, brain-building omega-3 fatty acids and to minimize your impact on the environment.

1. Smoked-Salmon Chowder with Corn and Fennel

You can find hot-smoked wild salmon in the refrigerated section of many supermarkets.

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2. Orange-Poached Catfish with Confetti Salad

Although catfish can eat corn and soy like cows, they require far less feed than cattle to grow—and unlike cows they don’t emit methane, a major greenhouse gas, during the digestive process. This recipe infuses mild catfish with zesty citrus.

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3. Grilled Fish Tacos with Jalapeño Slaw

Spice up sea bass with this taco recipe. Although sea bass were overfished in the past, populations have recently been rebuilt.

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4. Salmon al Forno Salad

Salmon Al Forno Salad

To make this salad, choose wild Alaskan sockeye salmon, which has the highest levels of omega-3s and lowest levels of mercury and PCBs among salmon. Plus, although sockeye has been overfished in the past, excellent management is in place today.

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5. Walnut-Crusted Shrimp with Roasted Red Pepper Dip

To reduce accidentally killed bycatch, choose American and Canadian Pacific spot prawns or Oregon pink shrimp. Like shrimp, walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. The baked finish used in this recipe is healthier than fried, and really satisfying.

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6. Brazilian Fish Stew

Brazilian Fish STEW

US sablefish, or black cod, is a major population-rebuilding success story, as the fish are now managed under strict quota systems. Plus, they’re rich in heart-healthy omega-3s. If you’re a pescatarian, you can substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth.

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