This Greek braised cod is a tasty and affordable way to prepare a sustainable fish. Serve with polenta and braised greens for a Mediterranean feast!
If you are what you eat, then after this past week traveling in New England, I would be some type of weird, hybrid sea monster. Seriously, I really think we ate a lobster a day (which, might I add, is a lovely pairing with avocado!). Add to that all the fried clams and fresh fish we enjoyed and I would pretty much be a walking nightmare. When in Rome…
At home too, I’ve been trying to eat seafood more regularly. When I started my business 2 years ago with, ummm, about 2 weeks of financial planning, I definitely had to be mindful of my food dollar. So for protein, it was beans, beans, some nuts, cheese, and eggs, then more beans. It definitely shows in the recipes I posted around that time!
Now I try to plan in seafood about twice a week. Usually one recipe is something made with canned fish, like my fancy tuna salad, a pasta sauce, like my puttansca or garlic-anchovy oil (do it!), or just a snack of spicy mustard and sardines on whole grain crackers. Then once I week, I pick up some type of fresh fish to prepare for dinner. Usually it’s salmon, but lately I’ve been trying more options.
Sustainability is something that’s really important to me. It’s one of my main considerations when deciding what to eat, right up there with taste and my desire to feel generally great. With seafood (and other animal foods), it’s especially important. Marine environments are being irreparably damaged by irresponsible and destructive fishing practices. Overfishing is a huge problem and somewhere between 70-85% of the worlds fisheries are being fished at or beyond maximum production, or have already crashed. Many fishing practices are harmful to the marine environment as well, damaging the seafloor and resulting in high levels of by catch, which often gets thrown away uneaten.
When I’m not purchasing local seafood from one of the smaller grocers around here, I use Monterrey Bay Aquarium’s seafood watch app to figure out the best options. Actually, I remember my first introduction to sustainable seafood at Monterrey Bay Aquarium itself when I visited back in 6th grade. They’ve certainly been on the issue a long time! Another great place to shop for seafood is Whole Foods. They’ve really set the bar with seafood labeling and purchasing practices.
Wild Pacific cod is a great sustainable choice. It’s also quite budget friendly as well, especially compared to other sustainable options, which can get quite pricy! I cooked Alaskan halibut for my parents when I was visiting them a few weeks ago and it was $50 for the three of us! Whoops! Glad pops was picking up that bill 😉