Skilled at making dishes that are almost (key word: almost) too beautiful to eat, Heather Hands shares her creations with the world on her blog, Flourishing Foodie. Known for her fresh, healthy recipes, Heather is both a Registered Dietitian and a food stylist who knows her way around the kitchen. Today she shares her love of all things seafood with us, including her go-to restaurant order and her tips for cooking seafood at home.
Tell us about your blog.
Flourishing Foodie is a food and drink blog that focuses on quick, easy and healthy recipes using fresh local ingredients. You can also find the occasional sweet and indulgent dessert recipe and travel guides.
Why do you love seafood?
I love seafood first and foremost for its taste. I remember as a small girl, my favorite meals were scallops and fettuccine, garlic shrimp, fish and chips, lobster and butter. I could have eaten seafood for every meal. As an adult, I still love the taste, but I now find myself gravitating toward seafood for its health benefits – the omega-3s and protein!
What is your favorite seafood dish to make at home or order at a restaurant?
Until I moved to Seattle 10 years ago, I had never even heard of a fish taco. Now, it is by far my favorite food.
What are your tips for people who might be intimidated by the thought of preparing seafood at home?
Start by choosing a nice, fresh piece of fish – it will be easier to cook it to perfection, and it will taste incredible. Don’t be afraid of seasonings. Start by pan searing or poaching your fish. These are the two methods of cooking fish I find the easiest. And, last but not least, do not overcook the fish. Start experimenting and soon you’ll be a pro.
What’s next on your “must make” or “must order” seafood list?
Anything with crab: crab legs with warm butter, crab rolls, crab salad. Whenever we eat at a seafood restaurant, I always order crab, especially Alaskan king crab.
What are your tips for people looking to improve their health by including seafood in their diet?
Try substituting seafood into one or two of your favorite recipes. If you normally make a chicken casserole, try subbing in tuna. If your family likes beef or chicken fajitas, try subbing in a grilled fish. Add seafood where you can in your salads, omelets or sandwiches. If you go out to eat once a week, try to choose restaurants with seafood options. This may also give you inspiration for making seafood recipes at home!