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The 10 Best Fish to Eat Slideshow

The 10 Best Fish to Eat Slideshow

1. Albacore Tuna

This one may seem like a bit of a surprise, as tuna is notorious for high mercury levels. But the Seafood Watch isn't just referring to any old albacore tuna. They're quite specific in their recommendation, as is often the case. Look for troll- or pole-caught albacore tuna (fresh, not canned) from the United States or British Columbia, whose populations are in fairly good shape, and fishing method results in little bycatch. In light of its high levels of omega-3s and reasonable sustainability levels, the Seafood Watch placed it on the list despite its moderate mercury levels.

Kids 6 years old and younger should eat no more than two servings per month, kids 6 to 12 years old no more than three, and adults should limit themselves to four servings per month.

Click here to see the Grilled Tuna Rolls Recipe.

2. Salmon

Famous for its high levels of omega-3 fatty acids (particularly in wild-caught species), salmon is an American favorite. And thankfully, levels of mercury are very low in this fish, at just 22 parts per billion. Seafood Watch recommends looking for either wild-caught salmon from Alaska, where the fisheries and population are extensively managed, or for freshwater coho salmon farmed in tank systems in the United States.

Click here to see the Chile-Honey-Glazed Salmon Recipe.

3. Oysters

According to the Seafood Watch, farmed oysters actually make up about 95 percent of the world's supply, surprisingly. Generally, oyster farms have environmentally sensitive practices and are a sustainable source of oysters. And, according to the FDA, oysters contain only about 12 parts per billion mercury. So grill some oysters up, or just split them in half and slurp away!

Click here to see the Grilled Diablo Oysters Recipe.

4. Sardines

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Sardines are low on the food chain, and so one would expect them to have lower levels of mercury on average. Indeed, they do: just 13 parts per billion. Seafood Watch recommends opting for wild-caught Pacific sardines. They're an acquired taste, but once you've had fresh sardines, you'll probably wonder what took you so long to try them.

Click here to see the Sardines in Saor Recipe.

5. Rainbow Trout

The concentration of mercury in this freshwater fish is relatively low, at just 71 parts per billion. The Seafood Watch recommends looking for farmed rainbow trout, which may also be sold as "golden trout" or "steelhead trout." Avoid wild-caught lake trout from Lake Michigan, whose population is still in recovery.

Click here to see the Smoked Trout Salad Recipe.

6. Arctic Char

Arctic char's raw flesh is comparable in appearance (and when cooked, some say, comparable in flavor) to salmon. This fish is a relative newcomer to market, so much so that the FDA doesn't have any measurable level of mercury yet for it. But since it made the list, it's safe to assume that it's below 216 parts per billion. If you've never had arctic char before, here's your chance to try some.

Click here to see the Seared Arctic Char with Lamb Cherry Hash Recipe.

7. Barramundi

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Here's another fish that hasn't been seen often until recently. Barramundi is a firm, white-fleshed fish with a mild flavor. The FDA doesn't have any statistics on the fish yet, but the Seafood Watch says that U.S.-farmed barramundi is raised in an environmentally responsible manner, putting it on its list.

8. Dungeness Crab

Wild-caught Dungeness crab from the West Coast (California, Oregon, or Washington) is caught using traps and practices that are sound. Fisheries take only male crabs of a certain size and close during molting season, giving populations a chance to recover and reach a certain size. And with just 65 parts per billion mercury, it's easy to see why it made the list.

Click here to see the Crab Linguine with Basil, Lemon, and Chile Recipe.

9. Longfin Squid

Seafood Watch recommends wild-caught longfin squid from the U.S. Atlantic. With its relatively attractive market price (even cleaned), versatility of preparation, and a generally quick cooking time, squid is something more Americans may want to consider putting on their dinner plates. Furthermore, it is relatively low on the food chain, resulting in a mere 23 parts per billion mercury concentration.

Click here to see the Korean Spicy Stir-Fried Squid Recipe.


10 Best Catfish Recipes We've Ever Seen

You can never go wrong with a catfish meal on the table. Here are the 10 best catfish recipes online.

Use My Recipes’ spicy cornmeal breading to keep your catfish crisp, even when it’s baked.

If you love crab cakes, then try All Recipes’ catfish cakes recipe. And they’re cheaper to make!

Give your catfish that traditional fried flavor without the hassle. Go to All Recipes for instructions!

Give your catfish some flavor with Eating Well’s tomatillo salsa recipe.

Add a little crunch to your catfish with Eating Well’s Cajun pecan-crusted dish.

Bring the Neely’s famed Memphis-style catfish home no matter where you live with the help of the Food Network.

All Recipes’ livens up the usual catfish dish with finely chopped onions, garlic salt and honey dijon mustard.

Take a culinary trip to Tuscany with All Recipes’ catfish tuscany dish.

Savor over Food Network’s succulent pan-seared catfish recipe spiced with red pepper lime sauce.

Indulge in a Vietnamese version of your favorite fish with Pham Fatale’s braised catfish recipe.


For this raw salmon recipe, you'll toss the cubed fish in a simple grapefruit ponzu sauce and serve over tender greens. Crushed wasabi peas add a pop of heat.

Switch up this endlessly riffable salad to suit your preferences, but try to always include a mix of cooked and raw vegetables for the best textures. This is a great way to use up leftover cooked salmon, if you've got it.

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Canned, Light Tuna

Canned, light tuna is another excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and is low in mercury. The USDA reports that one 4-ounce portion of canned light tuna provides about 150 to 300 milligrams of EPA plus DHA, and canned albacore tuna provides about 1,000 milligrams of EPA plus DHA. Since albacore tuna is higher in mercury than canned, light tuna, the FDA encourages pregnant women, nursing women and young children to limit albacore tuna consumption to 6 ounces per week.


Fish Protein: The Top 10 Fish Proteins, Ranked

When it comes to protein-packed dinners, your mind probably goes straight to juicy steaks and lean chicken. But there’s a whole sea of nutrient-dense dinner options—literally. “Many people often overlook the health benefits of fish,” says registered dietitian Manuel Villacorta, R.D., founder and author of Whole Body Reboot. And, in fact, certain swimmers offer as much protein, ounce-for-ounce, as both chicken and beef.

OK, we know you’re not a total aquatic novice—you’ve probably grilled a slab of salmon before. But there are so many different species of fish, each with a different flavor and level of nutrients, Villacorta offers. “I often tell my clients that simply adding two servings of fish within a week can give you a burst of nutrients that you might otherwise not get,” he adds.

The healthiest aquatic options are fatty fish—species high in omega-3 fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamin D. “These fatty acids are crucial for your body and brain to function optimally, and are strongly linked to reduced risk of many diseases, including heart attack, stroke, and heart disease,” he adds.

Aside from nutrition, you should also consider buying wild-caught fish—a factor that influences not just the species’ sustainability but also its nutritional value. All Villacorta’s suggestions are not only the heaviest hitters in protein and beneficial nutrients, but are also approved for consumption by the Marine Stewardship Council, a non-profit organization that focuses on creating a more sustainable seafood market.

Here are the top 10 fish you should be eating for optimal nutrients.

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Here are some important tips to keep in mind for a perfect golden baked fish | Tips and Tricks For A Perfect Baked Fish

1. If the fish is frozen, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator before you use it.

2. For fillets, preheat the oven at 230 degree Celsius and for dressed fish, the heat should be a bit lower about 175 degree Celsius.

3. Rinse the fish and then let it dry. Place the fish in a single layer in a greased pan.

4. If you are baking fish fillets, tuck in any thin edges. Fish steaks or fillets take about 6 to 10 minutes to bake.

5. You can brush it with some olive oil, pesto or home-made tomato to keep the fish moist.

6. To check whether the fish is baked, insert a knife inside the meat and twist it a bit. For doneness, the fish should begin to flake and the milky white fish juices will ooze out.


Top tips for scallops and nephrops

There have been particular environmental concerns associated with two UK species in recent years dredged scallops and trawled Nephrops (sold as langoustine and scampi) which can impact the seabed in severe ways.

Sustain is calling for much better government policies for managing our marine ecosystems, including investing in better data, more equitable sharing of fishing rights, and using public procurement better to support sustainable diets and producers. The Sustainable Fish Cities project is calling for fish-serving businesses in the UK to pledge to sell only fish that is verifiably sustainable. Is your favourite restaurant of caterer signed up? We also have more advice about eating fish in a climate and nature emergency.

Sustainable Fish: A campaign to protect precious marine environments and fishing livelihoods, and call for fish to be bought from sustainable sources. We want to show what can be done if people and organisations make a concerted effort to change their buying habits.


10 Healthy Canned-Tuna Recipes

It's one of the easiest proteins to keep on hand for a quick meal. Get the scoop on buying the best varieties, then get ready to cook these deliciously healthy canned-tuna recipes.

Both water and oil-packed tuna can be used create a healthy recipe. At the market, the most common water-packed varieties are albacore and chunk light. Albacore comes from a larger species and has a milder flavor, while chunk light comes from a smaller fish and tends to have a stronger flavor. Three ounces of tuna canned in water has around 100 calories, 1 gram of fat, and 22 grams of protein.

Oil-packed varieties have more calories and fat than water-packed tuna, and the price is usually higher than water-packed. Three ounces has about 170 calories, 7 grams of fat and 25 grams of protein. Splurge on oil-packed on a special occasion and drain to help remove some of the fat.

Tuna is even more convenient than ever -- you don't even need can opener to enjoy it you can now find tuna in pouches. The pouches are available in the same oil and water-packed varieties with similar nutritional content to canned. Some companies like Starkist also pack their tuna in extra-virgin olive oil or sunflower oil and have low-sodium options available.

Albacore has more omega-3 fat per ounce but since it comes from a larger species of tuna, it also has more mercury. Chunk light, on the other hand, comes from a smaller species of fish and has less mercury and omega-3 fat.

The Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency recommend that women who may become pregnant, pregnant women, nursing moms and young children eat up to 12 ounces (2 average meals) of lower mercury fish and shellfish each week. Since albacore ("white") tuna has more mercury than light tuna, when choosing your 2 fish or shellfish-based meals, you can safely eat up to 6 ounces of albacore tuna each week (which is a healthy serving of tuna for one average meal).

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Examine the can of tuna before purchasing. Avoid cans that have bulging tops or are leaking, dented or damaged. Once at home store in a cool, dry place. Use canned tuna by the "best by" date for the best quality. Once opened, prepare or eat immediately and transfer leftover tuna into a food storage container and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby's full bio »


Both flounder and sole live on the ocean floor, but flounder is found in the Atlantic while soles swim in the Pacific. Some great options to look out for: starry flounder, Pacific sanddab, Dover sole, English sole, petrale sole, and rex sole.


10 Best Beers to Use in Beer Batter Recipes

Beer does some amazing things in batter for deep-fried foods. The CO2 gas in a can of Bud keeps things light and airy, and helps the batter cook fast, meaning the cod underneath can emerge moist and properly à point. But what kind of beer is best for beer batter recipes?

Aggressively hoppy beers (West Coast IPA, for example) can leave those zucchini fritters trailing a bitter aftertaste, but that doesn’t mean your best option is a bland factory macrobrew (although sometime those do work beautifully). A deeper, richer flavor can be important in some battered fry foods—think of the malty, bready flavors in a porter, for instance, in that batter for sweet apple fritters. Other times, you’ll want to let the fried item itself shine through.

Here, in random order, is a brace of beers you should consider adding to your fry-batter mix—plus, seven recipes to help you use them. And if you’re looking for something to wash every crispy bit down, check out our favorite beer clubs and subscriptions.