Now, I must start this post by saying I don’t do seafood. I can eat shrimp but ONLY if it’s breaded and even then, it’s only a couple of pieces before I start to get sick to my stomach from the fishy taste.
Recently, I was asked to attend a Sea Best “Seafood at Sunset” event with some local bloggers and I happily agreed. Why did I attend a sea food event if I don’t eat sea food? Two reasons: 1) I wanted to get out of the house, and 2) I was hoping to learn how to cook sea food for my husband and Makenna since both love it.
The night was a great eye-opening experience to the difference between fresh and frozen fish and of course some tasting of sea food (boy, was I scared).
The night started by enjoying some appetizers – Buffalo Shrimp Dip, and Scallop Egg Rolls w/ Sweet Chili dipping sauce.
While we enjoyed our appetizers Mark Frisch, who represents the 4th generation of the Frisch family that started Beaver Street Fisheries back in 1950, gave us some background information about Sea Best and how they have become one of the top seafood suppliers in the U.S.
Like I said, I’m not a sea food-y person so I was nervous but I will at least try something once. Although I couldn’t taste the shrimp in the Buffalo Dip I didn’t like the texture of it and it was a bit too spicy for me.
Next I tried the Scallop Egg Rolls that were made with Sea Best frozen scallops, bacon, cream cheese, green onion, and cabbage. I’ve never had scallops before and honestly, this recipe is probably the only way I will ever eat them again. The egg rolls with the sweet chili sauce were awesome. The bacon and dipping sauce took the fish flavor out for me and I couldn’t even tell scallops were in there unless I looked down and saw white chunks (so I tried not to look at it).
Next up, it was time to enjoy a live cooking demonstration from Brian, one of Sea Best’s chefs. He made three dishes for us all while telling us the best way to prepare, cook, and serve the dishes.
First up was Rice Fish Cakes with Lemon. These bad boys had rice cooked in chicken stock for added flavor, and Sea Best Arrowtooth Flounder (along with other tasty ingredients). While Brian was cooking we were each given a cake to eat. To my surprise it wasn’t fishy at all (noticing a pattern?)! Instead, all I could taste was rice, lemon, and parsley. It was so delish!
Chef’s Note: You can prepare then freeze the cakes for several weeks before cooking!
The next dish I was pretty excited for because I do eat tuna at home, but this wasn’t any ordinary tuna so I was still out of my comfort zone to say the least. This was an Ahi Tuna Salad Melt sandwich that we were about to enjoy. The Ahi was seared in a hot pan for just a couple of minutes on each side, then chopped up with some mayo, carrots, pickles, dill, and of course some salt & pepper. My only downside to the sandwich was that the tuna was still pink in the center. I literally closed my eyes while taking bites and never looked at the sandwich. It was SO yummy despite my fears and I literally wanted to lick the plate. Once again, I couldn’t taste any fishy taste.
Chef’s Note: Serve with a side of frozen grapes!
The last dish Brian cooked for us was his Walk The Plank Stew. This one pot meal made with Cod Fillets is especially cool for the kids because they can get into the kitchen and help you make it. I’m not a “stew” person of any kind so I didn’t enjoy this recipe but the other bloggers around me completely finished their bowls so it was a winner with them. You can serve the stew with bread and a side of Gold Fish crackers so I jokingly suggest that you gently lay the bread on the side of the bowl and line the fish on it so it looks like they are walking a plank!
So I’ve said it many times in this post [that I could not taste the fish] but why is that? I, personally, think it has to do with the amazing seafood that Sea Best brings us.
Fresh VS Frozen:
Sea Best freezes their seafood right when it’s caught, preserving its freshness. Other places say their sea food is fresh but what that means is that it was never frozen. But do you know how long it was sitting at sea on the boat before it came to land and then shipped to the stores and restaurants? By the time it gets to your plate sadly the fish is not “fresh” anymore.
Sea Best has a commitment to sustainability
Simply put, Sea Best believes mankind has an inherent responsibility to act as a steward of the environment, to maintain and cultivate its natural resources, and to live a harmonious existence with nature. Our practices ensure a thriving natural environment for generations to come: we utilize organically grown agriculture and aquaculture products and employ the selective and sustainable harvest of wild caught seafood stocks.
I learned a lot about seafood at the event and they turned me into a fish eater… but only if I am eating Sea Best fish!
You can check out Seabestseafood.com to find out where you can buy their products and for more than 30+ recipes.
Before we all left of course we had to get a group shot! Mark is on the left, while Brian is in the blue shirt in the back (I’m right in front of him)
Disclosure:All opinions are my own. I attended the Seafood at Sunset event at no cost, and was given a variety of Sea Best products to take home. No other compensation was received.