Confession: I often wish I lived in a village by the sea, if for no other reason than that I could get fish and things so delightfully fresh and cheap.
I love seafood. And though it’s extraordinarily nutritious, it’s hard finding economical ways to work it into our family’s menu. I like imitation crab for this reason—though it’s fake crab, it’s real fish: relatively cheap, simple, and ready to use warm or cold in a variety of dishes. Better still, I recently re-discovered a very humble, very delicious superfood: tuna.
My early impression of tuna was synonymous with tuna noodle casserole. [Ho-hum.] I now think tuna is best in full doses—not as a mild flavoring in a pasta goulash, but as a robust dish of its own.
Here are my two favorite ways to eat it.
Fruited Tuna Salad
(recipe shared by my friend Amy Herr)
3 or 4 cans tuna
Mix all together with ½ cup mayo and 1 T. honey. Shown below with a side salad.
(a tune of my own invention)
2 cans tuna
¼ cup mayo
Generous shake of Old Bay seasoning
Fresh snipped parsley
10 saltines, crushed
Mix all together. Drop by spoonfuls into a skillet containing a couple tablespoons of hot butter/oil. Fry on each side until crispy-golden. Serve on a bun or a slice of bread. Add some cheese, sauce, or greens as desired.
Sometimes people are scared off tuna by the threat of high mercury levels; I understand this is mostly a problem when you are consuming multiple cans a day. So moderation in all things, and enjoy some fish.
How do you eat seafood at home?