Seafood is a healthy, delicious option to include on menus and in recipes. June is National Seafood Month, which makes it the perfect time to focus on fish and seafood recipes on your menus! There are as many preparation methods as there are varieties of fish. This fish and seafood glossary lists the many types of fish and seafood available, with explanations and descriptions of each variety. Sauté catfish, bake salmon, skewer shrimp, top your salad with tuna, serve hearty chowder, steam mussels, grill bass, or fry cod for fish and chips- the options are endless and allow for plenty of creativity!
Different varieties of fish and seafood have different characteristics, so certain cooking methods are more appropriate for certain fish. Is it lean or fatty? Dark or lighter flesh? Flaky or firm? Cooking Light Magazine grouped fish into 5 categories, making it easy to substitute one fish variety for another. Can’t get black sea bass for your recipe? That’s ok, try tilapia! Is Haddock not an option? Catfish makes a suitable substitute!
Always remember to check for food allergies when including fish and seafood on the menu. Shellfish food allergies are one of the most common types of food allergies and can cause a very serious reaction in a short amount of time.
Do you include fish dishes on your menus? What are your favorite seafood recipes? Do seafood dishes sell well in your cafeterias or restaurants?
Prefer to celebrate something besides National Seafood Month? Try one of these other quirky food holidays during the month of June:
- National Candy Month
- National Dairy Month
- National Fresh Fruit and
- National Iced Tea Month
- June 21: National Peaches and
- June 25: National Strawberry Parfait Day
- June 28: National Tapioca Day
Food holidays are a great way to break the monotony of the daily menu and make your customers excited about items on your menu. What food holidays does your food service department celebrate?