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Shellfish

Local shellfish choices aren\’t just for special occasion dinners. Scallops, crab, mussels, oysters, and shrimp lend themselves to quick and easy everyday recipes.

Shellfish have long had a reputation for being a celebratory food for special occasions. But look beyond the pre-prepared shrimp ring, and you will see that shellfish can make a quick and satisfying weeknight meal that packs a plethora of health benefits.

Although some may clam up at the thought of eating an oyster, a visit to your local fishmonger will show you there is an ocean of choice when it comes to shellfish.

The term “shellfish” refers to aquatic invertebrates that have an exoskeleton and are used as a source of food. This broad term includes species of molluscs (including mussels, oysters, and clams), crustaceans (such as shrimp, crab, and lobsters), and echinoderms (such as the sea urchin, which is considered a delicacy for its roe).

Shellfish are low in saturated fat and contain a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids. This polyunsaturated fat is essential for healthy body function and must be ingested, as we cannot produce it ourselves. Shellfish are also a good source of protein, iron, zinc, copper, and vitamin B12.

With all that it has going for it, why not dive in and start enjoying more of the delicious health benefits of shellfish today?

Recipes

  • Seared Scallop, Fennel, and Citrus Salad
  • Ginger Chili Crab
  • Mussels Au Gratin
  • Jerk Shrimp with Melon and Kiwi Salsa
  • Oyster Po’ Boy Sandwich with Zesty Yogourt Sauce

Purchasing shellfish

Always ensure that you purchase your shellfish from a reputable retailer that uses sustainable sourcing and safe handling methods. Read the label carefully, chat with the retailer, and whenever possible, choose seafood and shellfish with an Ocean Wise or SeaChoice symbol.

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