Wild Caught Vs. Farmed Salmon

When Tanner’s Alaskan Seafood began, Jason and Rory Ann Tanner knew what a difference a fresh caught, 100% wild Alaskan salmon made in taste and quality compared to farmed salmon. It is with that dedication to quality and fresh fish that they still run the business to this day. However, there isn’t solely a difference in taste when it comes to wild caught vs. farmed salmon. Here are the biggest differences:

Visual and Dietary Differences:

Visually, farmed salmon looks very different from wild caught salmon. The most notable difference is the color. Fresh, wild caught salmon is a very vibrant pinkish-red  in color, while farmed fish is a more mild and subdued pinky-orange. This color variation stems from diet.

Wild salmon feeds on algae, small fish, and other organisms that give it the trademark color as well as high vitamin and mineral content. Farmed salmon is fed a diet of “chum” that consists of grain, corns, and astaxanthin (which is a compound responsible for giving the salmon it’s color)1.

This difference in diet also leads to a difference in minerals, nutrients, and chemicals found in the fish. The wild caught, fresh salmon that we sell at Tanner’s has no chemicals or preservatives added, ever. Farm raised fish can be exposed to antibiotics, contaminated by chemical pollutants, and many other harmful substances.

The striations are also different: farmed fish has more fat which is visible in the thicker white striations, which brings us to….

Fat Content

            Both farmed and wild caught salmon are rich in heart and brain-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, but the composition is slightly different. Because wild caught salmon is more lean than farmed, it has less overall fat, including Omega-3’s. However, this also means that wild salmon has lower amounts of Omega-6 fatty acids, which are inflammation causing.

Environment

            There is no question, farmed fish have poorer quality of life. Salmon are unique in the fact that they travel (some hundreds of miles) over their lifetime. Farmed fish are not afforded that natural ability, and crowded conditions can expose salmon to parasites and disease exposure.

The Tanner’s Way

            We have grown our business on the principle of providing quality over quantity. That is how we are able to provide only the freshest, high quality, wild caught salmon Alaska has to offer. We get our salmon directly from the beaches: we buy from fisherman, and process off shore in our own plant. We flash freeze at the height of freshness, locking in flavor and nutrients.

            We believe in the quality of our seafood, and know that so many of our customers order from us as a health conscious decision for their family. We know that we are an integral part of our community as well. We choose local, fresh fish to provide for our customers, because that is what we know is best. 100% wild caught, fresh salmon is best in taste, best in presentation, and best in health. And it’s only the best, every time, from Tanner’s Alaskan Seafood.

Photo Credit:

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References:

Buckingham, Cheyenne. “The Difference Between Farm-Raised and Wild Salmon”. Eat This, Not That!, 2 October, 2020, https://www.eatthis.com/farm-raised-wild-caught-salmon-difference/

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The Tanner’s Alaskan Seafood Difference

From the ordering process all the way to the actual seafood on your plate, there is just something different about the Tanner’s Alaskan Seafood way. Looking back at our humble beginnings in sport processing, all the way to the leap to commercial fish processing and all nighters making sure everything was done right, one thing hasn’t changed over the years. Tanner’s Alaskan Seafood is a family run business grounded in our values of bringing only the freshest, best tasting wild caught seafood to our customers.

            Quality Over Quantity

            When we moved to commercial fish processing, we knew we still wanted to emphasize quality over quantity. We chose to stay a smaller operation to be able to always bring fresh seafood, which is unparalleled in quality and taste, to our customers.

            Every piece of seafood that passes through our processing system has at least 10 sets of eyes that go over it, to make sure it is the best possible quality. From when it is weighed in all the way until flash frozen, our team carefully inspects all our seafood to make sure premium portions get delivered to each person.

            The Tanner’s team also hand processes each fish that passes through. We choose to do it the “old fashioned way” so we don’t lose sight of our values. Everything is hand fileted, hand rubbed, and hand trimmed. This ensures that every shipment that ends up on a customer’s doorstep is prepared and packaged in the best possible way.

            Flash Freezing For Peak Freshness

            We choose to flash freeze our fish because it is the best way to maintain the integrity of the meat. With our (non-nitrogen based) method of flash freezing each molecule of water is isolated and frozen at once so that coveted freshness of the wild caught fish is better preserved.

With traditional freezing methods, the meat slowly freezes in portions instead of all at once, similar to what meat does when you dethaw and refreeze something. This compromises the taste, texture, and “fresh feeling” of the seafood.

Our seafood comes right out of the ocean, right into the processor, and right into the freezer. We don’t add dye or color to the fish, or preservatives. All our seafood is exactly what we list: all natural, 100% wild caught.

A Taste of Alaska

We love our community, and choose to honor it and do things The Alaskan Way. That translates to great customer service, and our pattrons really getting to experience a family owned and operated business. We know just how incredible Alaska is, and love to share that with our customers.

 Over and over, we hear how our seafood transports our customers back to a trip of a lifetime, or some of their best memories. Part of the magic of Alaska is the food: caught in the ocean and brought inside to eat fresh. Being able to bring that same freshness and quality to our customers, and hearing their stories of being transplanted back to Alaska keeps us going day after day.

The difference between our family run business and the competitors is simple: quality over quantity is our mission. Every single time.

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Tanners Seafood Beginnings

Tanners Alaskan Seafood is a family run business out of Ninilchik, Alaska. Today, we ship fresh, wild caught Alaskan Seafood across the globe, but many don’t realize our humble beginnings. Jason and Rory Tanner began Tanner’s Alaskan Seafood as a sport fish processing outfit in 2011 before moving into commercial fish processing.

Humble Beginnings

            Rory Tanner speaks about our beginnings with a smile in her voice: “We started with nothing, just Jason, a friend and I working until 2 in the morning processing and making sure everything was done right.” It was this work ethic and drive to provide the most fresh, best possible product to customers that set the Tanners apart.

            Tanner’s Alaskan Seafood is a shore-based processor, so we don’t own boats or do the fishing, we are run completely on land. This narrowed down focus of processing and shipping allows us to do everything with excellence, and ensure that we can pick only the highest quality products for our customers.

            We pick up our fresh caught fish from beach sides: sometimes in Homer, Alaska, or we drive to Prince Williams Sound in Whittier to pick up shrimp, through the 2.5 mile Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel (the longest highway tunnel in North America!).

The Road to Commercialization

            Tanner’s decided to commercialize and get into retail because we knew how fresh we were able to keep the fish, and what a humongous difference our processing made in quality, taste, and customer enjoyment.  With our system of processing and flash freezing, we could provide our customers with seafood that literally tasted as if they had just caught it themselves.

            While we jumped into commercialization, we knew that we wanted to stay a smaller, family run business and operation so we never lost our values, especially only providing the best quality product to our customers. Jason and Rory knew they could stay small enough to emphasize their top priorities, but also share their amazing products with others, which was the catalyst to bring us where we are today.

Bringing Alaska To Customers

            We hear so many stories of people who ventured to Alaska, calling it a “trip of a lifetime”. So many people have come to us reminiscing about their time in Alaska, calling it a “bucket list” trip, and we are so happy to provide a small glimpse of the memory of that special time in Alaska through our products. Sharing Alaska through our seafood is what drives us to keep going. We know that part of what makes Alaska special is the freshness of the food and unparalleled taste, and to be able to deliver that to our customer’s doorsteps and bring that to homes across the world is so amazing to us.

            Our customers are our drive, and why we built our family run business around quality over quantity. Hearing stories of cancer patients wanting to experience Alaska again through our seafood, or families reminiscing on the trip of a lifetime make all the work worth it. Especially this year, as many people are stuck at home unable to travel, we love to bring people back to Alaska through our fish.

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Tanner’s Alaskan Seafood Smoked Salmon Secrets

Every year in Ninilchik, people gather from all over for Salmonfest to celebrate Alaska’s salmon culture. In 2019, Jason Tanner won the coveted first place prize for best smoke salmon. While Jason may have some hard won (over years of practice) secrets to his award winning smoked salmon, we will let you in on some of the biggest keys to great smoked salmon here.

It’s All In the Fish

            First of all the key to amazing smoked salmon is, you may have guessed, amazing salmon. Jason uses only the freshest wild caught salmon, and at Tanner’s, that is all we sell. We get our salmon straight off the beach, directly from the fishing boats. Our customers enjoy only the finest wild caught salmon, which is processed and flash frozen at the peak of freshness by our team.

            The secret is all in the salmon belly when it comes to good smoked salmon. That healthy fat and fish oil concentrated in the belly means a delicious, melt in your mouth finished product after a good smoke. Using this part of the fish creates a smoked salmon that is moist and succulent, not dried out and dreary.

Brine and Brown Sugar

            The last secrets to Jason’s award winning smoked salmon? Watch your brine time, and for heavens sake don’t be afraid of the brown sugar. Too long or too short of a brine time can take a perfect salmon belly from delicious to less than desirable. And when it comes to brown sugar, more is, well, more. Combining that sugary coating with the fatty richness of the salmon belly will leave people drooling every time.

            The biggest, worst kept secret of all is the fact that you can buy our delicious smoked salmon right here, and have it delivered overnight to your doorstep! One of the best and healthiest snacks in the world, our shelf-stable smoked salmon can be a treat you can take with you anywhere that doesn’t have to be refrigerated until opened.

            We use fresh caught sockeye salmon, and smoke them to the point of perfection. Our three flavors are sure to satisfy any appetite:

“Premium Regular”: is our classically smoked salmon that pairs well with anything, from appetizer plates, charcuterie boards, or portable snacks.

“Black Pepper”: these filets have a little punch of black pepper as well as other unique seasonings that make it a stand out treat.

“Honey”: our smoked honey flavor adds some sweetness to the succulence. We have customers use it on salads, dips, or as appetizers. It is versatile and delicious!

            You can get Tanner’s sockeye smoked salmon in a variety pack with all three flavors, in a 3, 6, or 9 pack. We also sell smoked salmon jerky, another incredibly delicious and healthy snack idea for the whole family. In our jerky pack we include original, teriyaki, and black pepper flavors. 

            Get in on the secrets behind Jason Tanner’s award winning smoked salmon: order our salmon flash frozen at the peak of freshness and try it yourself, or reap the benefits of Jason Tanner’s years of experience and buy our smoked salmon today. Either way, the taste of Alaska is only a click away.

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Reindeer sausage

Reindeer sausage is one of our favorite treats year round. The unique flavor is a perfect addition to a charcuterie board, or as a stand-alone treat. Just another way we help our customers bring the taste of Alaska to their own home, our reindeer sausage is a one-of a kind product that, once you try it, may just become a staple in your home.

            Tanner’s Alaskan Seafood Reindeer Sausage is fresh from Alaska, just like all of our products. The 100% wild and natural reindeer sausage is unparalleled in flavor, and a fun addition to recipes or appetizers.

            Our reindeer sausages are polish style sausage links made with a combination of reindeer meat, pork, and beef to get a perfectly delectable texture and consistency. Fresh, wild Alaskan reindeer is lean, and needs the fat that pork and beef binders provide for that classic polish sausage texture. The sausage is made up of equal parts Reindeer, Beef, and Pork (30% each), with the last 10% being our custom mix of proprietary spices.

Besides the amazing reindeer, our spice blend and preparation is responsible for the incredible taste of our reindeer sausage. We use white pepper, coriander, and other spices to pack in the flavor and highlight the high quality wild meat we use. Another not-so-secret way our reindeer sausage is set apart? It is alder smoked, which accentuates all of the flavors perfectly.

Our sausages are fully cooked, so they can be served with cheese and crackers, or thrown on the grill to serve hot. We also offer Hot and Spicy Summer sausage, which is made with the same blend of high quality meat, with an extra spicy kick.

Customers order these all year round: served at BBQ’s, around the family breakfast table, and at holiday parties. Here’s what some of our customers had to say about our reindeer sausage:

“Amazing! Browns up nicely, with little fat, and tastes SO SO good! This will be another staple in my freezer.” -Joan

“I’ve been buying fish through Tanner’s for a while now. I finally broke down and had to try some. They are awesome. Even off the grill! Very pleased! Thank you!” –Jennifer

“The sausage was excellent. Arrived quickly and still frozen, couldn’t have asked for better service.” –John

Don’t miss out on a one-of-a-kind treat this winter. Stoke the fire, put on some music, and sit back and enjoy the best Reindeer Sausage in the world: delivered right to your door from Alaska. Each 12-ounce package contains 4 links of perfectly smoked, 100% wild and natural sausage that normally can only be tasted by the lucky few that venture up to Alaska. Order today: we offer free overnight shipping on most orders with a minimum quantity purchase.

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Meet The Tanners

Meet the Tanners! The name Tanner’s Alaskan Seafood means so much to so many, but many don’t realize that behind the business is an amazing, tight-knit family running it. Jason and Rory Tanner built their family business in Alaska from the ground up, using their values to drive them as their business grew.

A Business Based on Values and Community

            Being a part of a small community was essential to Jason and Rory, and Tanners Alaskan Seafood demonstrates that, with 100% locally caught and fresh fish processed and flash frozen right in their community of Ninilchik, and then shipped all over the world. Jason and Rory, along with the Tanner’s team are thankful to both contribute to and have the support of their amazing local community as they raise their family in the business.

Rightfully so, Jason and Rory Tanner take pride in their amazing family as well as their fresh, healthy, and unparalleled seafood products. As Jason says “Everything we have goes into our products for our customers.” Offering healthier fish and food options for people is a need the Tanners meet with their locally caught fish from the Kenai Peninsula. With no additive or preservatives, it literally does not get better than Tanners when it comes to fish. Throughout the entire processing and flash freezing process, each product is carefully prepared and packaged to maintain peak freshness and flavor.

A Family That Sticks Together

            Roaming around their shop, you may just run into one (or all!) of their four amazing kids. Fishing is one of the great loves of the family, and there is never a dull moment with the Tanners. There is always something to do around the shop, with little helpers to pitch in.

 Karissa, the eldest daughter, is always keeping busy and is a wonderful helper in all things. She is a people person and is constantly finding ways to assist mom and dad or organize around the shop. Carter is the oldest of the boys, and lives and breathes fishing. Whether it is catching, cleaning, or processing, you can bet that outgoing Carter is a part of it.

Cody, the second to youngest, is the quiet rule follower of the bunch. He is a great help with his methodical ways and sweet nature. Christopher is the youngest, who earned the name “Bandit” by always sneaking fun treats. He is the opinionated little one who can be counted on to provide the entertainment around the shop.

The Tanner’s Way

The Tanner family’s values make their community of Ninilchik strong with a sense of pride and ownership in Alaskan culture. This translates to the way they run their business, with an emphasis on the ocean to table seafood. The quality customer service our patrons have come to appreciate and expect is also a reflection of the Tanner family values.  With seafood caught and flash-frozen at the peak of freshness and delivered right to your door overnight, experience the Tanner’s Alaskan Seafood way and you’ll never want to go back to anything else.

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Four Reasons Alaskan Seafood is Just So Good

Hearing comments from our customers like “The best halibut I have EVER had…. Really words fail- I am just SO happy with this company” (Gary, customer review) make our day, but we know that the secret to keeping our customers happy is simple. Real, wild caught, fresh Alaskan seafood will leave people delighted every time. There are so many reasons why Alaskan seafood is just so good, but here is our top four:

  1. Health Benefits

Alaskan seafood is as healthy as it is delicious. Alaska is unique in the fact that it is removed from many of the largest pollution infested areas in the world. Our seafood is from some of the cleanest water on the planet, and that translates to healthier fish, and healthier food for you. We also have a very low population density in Alaska, with heavy regulation preventing pollution and contaminants that would compromise the health of our fish population.

Wild caught fish is high in heart and brain healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, and low in inflammatory saturated fats. Alaskan fish is a superior protein source that has a long list of health benefits, many of which are a result of the healthy and pollutant free diet wild fish enjoy in our immaculate waters.

Our team at Tanner’s Alaskan Seafood also ensures that the fresh, wild caught, all-natural fish stays that way. We don’t add preservatives, dyes, or anything else to the fish during processing. Not only does this preserve the amazing flavor and texture of our seafood, but the health benefits as well.

2. Ocean To Table

The unique ability of the Alaskan seafood industry to provide fish ocean-to-table is another huge reason why the seafood is just so good. At Tanner’s, we pick the fish up on the beach, process it by hand right away, flash freeze to maintain peak freshness, and overnight ship to the customer. The fish tastes like you just walked out the door and caught it. This freshness means that Alaskan seafood tastes amazing every time, because it is fresh every time.

  • Sustainability

“The Alaskan Way” of fishing involves a respect for nature and life cycles that translate to an incredibly sustainable food supply. With laws and regulations protecting our environment and fishing practices focusing on marine conservation, you can count on quality seafood from Alaska instead of mass produced, farm raised fish. This protects the delicate ecosystem and environment, making Alaskan seafood a sustainable choice.

Tanner’s Alaskan Seafood echoes this Alaskan Way of doing things, focusing on quality over quantity in our business model and the fresh, 100% wild caught seafood we offer our customers.

  • Unparalleled Flavor

The taste, texture, and quality of Alaskan seafood is a direct reflection of the quality of life and environment of our fish. The comparison of the flesh of a farm raised salmon compared to a wild caught salmon says it all before you even take a bite. The dull orangey-pink color of a farm raised salmon (fed a compound to give it that color) compared to the vibrant red of wild caught salmon shows the dietary differences in wild caught salmon that give it that amazing taste.

Alaskan fish has a varied diet of marine organisms, and the cold water and migration habits contribute to the incredible texture of the fish. There really is nothing else like fresh, Alaskan seafood.

            Taste Alaska’s best with our affordable and delicious seafood. We offer everything from salmon and halibut to calamari (and everything in between!). Try our products for yourself, and see why Alaskan seafood is just so good.

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Holiday Halibut: A Simple Recipe with Fresh Caught Alaskan Halibut

Fresh, wild caught Alaskan Halibut can make the Holidays special for your family this year. Widely considered to be the finest fish to eat in the world, Tanner’s fresh caught Alaskan Halibut will help you ring in this Holiday season with cheer. We provide the highest quality seafood worldwide, and offer overnight shipping anywhere in the US and Canada.

This rich, cheesy “Heavenly Halibut” recipe is the perfect compliment to our pearly white, firm halibut. With a short list of ingredients and prep time, this recipe can be the stand out Christmas or New Years Dish on your family table.  The cheesy topping will brown in the oven, making not only a beautiful dish but also the perfect compliment to the flawlessly cooked halibut. A touch of lemon juice will bring out that delicious, fresh halibut flavor you know and love.

Heavenly Halibut

By Allrecipes

Prep Time:  15 Minutes                                Servings: 8

Cook: 10 Minutes

Total: 25 Minutes

Ingredient List:

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven broiler. Grease a baking dish.

2. In a bowl, mix the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise, lemon juice, green onions, salt, and hot pepper sauce.

3. Arrange the halibut fillets in the prepared baking dish.

4. Broil halibut fillets 8 minutes in the prepared oven, or until easily flaked with a fork. Spread with the Parmesan cheese mixture, and continue broiling 2 minutes, or until topping is bubbly and lightly browned.

Compliment your halibut main dish with braised potatoes and herbs, or your favorite side dish for a holiday meal that will leave you satisfied!

Our halibut filets are skinless and boneless: hand trimmed and packaged fresh by our team. Sustainably sourced, low in calories, and high in nutrients and omega-3’s, halibut is an unparalleled treat for your family. We immediately flash freeze our fish, so when you are ready to cook our halibut it tastes like you are eating your fresh catch in the Cook Inlet.

We know so many have had to cancel vacations and travel, so we offer a chance to feel the magic of Alaska in your own home. Just close your eyes, take a bite, and be transported to the Gulf of Alaska.

            Plan your Holiday meal with an overnight shipment of fresh caught halibut.  Want the taste of halibut without the prep time? We also sell smoked candied halibut pieces perfect for your holiday spread. Currently, with any order of 8 lbs or more of our fresh fish, we are offering free shipping.

            From our family at Tanner’s Alaskan Seafood to yours, we wish you Happy Holidays, and warmest wishes for a happy New Year.

Recipe from AllRecipes: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/76659/heavenly-halibut/

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These Holiday Alaskan Salmon Recipes Will Bring Cheer to Your Table

These Holiday Alaskan Salmon Recipes Will Bring Cheer to Your Table

After the difficult and uncertain year we have all had, it feels good to finally be celebrating the holidays and the start of a fresh New Year. Whatever that celebration looks like for you this year, we want to bring the beauty of Alaska to your home, with the unparalleled taste of fresh, wild caught salmon at your holiday table.

We could all use a little extra cheer, and from our family run business to you, let us add to the festivities! These holiday recipes using our fresh caught and smoked salmon will bring your family together like nothing but a delicious meal can. Pass the succulent salmon around and swap heartfelt stories, and look ahead to a New Year with hope.

 This first salmon recipe not only looks festive, but the citrus and pomegranate compliment the unmatched taste of our wild caught salmon. Treat your family to something special this holiday season:

Christmas Orange Pomegranate Salmon

By Taste of Home

Prep Time: 10 minutes                     Servings: 4                

Bake: 25 minutes

Total:  35 minutes

Ingredient List:

  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Wild Caught Tanner’s Salmon Filet (about 2 pounds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium navel orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Place a 28×18-in. piece of heavy-duty foil in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Place onion slices in a single layer on foil. Top with salmon; sprinkle with salt. Arrange orange slices over top. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds; drizzle with oil. Top with a second piece of foil. Bring edges of foil together on all sides and crimp to seal, forming a large packet.

2. Bake until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork, 25-30 minutes. Be careful of escaping steam when opening packet. Remove to a serving platter; sprinkle with dill.

This next recipe is the simplest (and possibly most delicious) recipe you’ll make all year. Made with our alder smoked salmon, this holiday spread highlights that fresh caught, perfectly smoked Alaskan salmon taste. Switch up the taste of your dip with our three flavors: Traditional, Cajun, or Black Pepper.

The taste of our smoked salmon pairs perfectly with smooth cream cheese, for an explosion of flavor on a cracker. The key? When someone asks how you made such a delicious holiday spread, act like you spent all day in the kitchen making it.

Smoked Salmon Holiday Spread

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredient List:

  • 1 package of cream cheese, 8 oz. softened
  • 6 oz of Tanner’s smoked salmon
  • 1/8 tsp paprika, for color
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Mix ingredients in a food processor, or by hand (after chopping smoked salmon) until just combined. That’s it!
  2. Serve with your favorite crackers, and enjoy!

We hope this taste of Alaska will bring joy to your holidays at home. We know it has been a tough season, and many have not been able to travel. Our fresh, wild caught fish can make you feel like you are sitting in a fishing lodge enjoying Alaska’s best, and bring excitement as you look toward a future of new possibilities. Warmest wishes, from all of us at Tanner’s this Holiday Season.

Orange Pomegranate Recipe and Picture Source: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/orange-pomegranate-salmon/

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PAN-SEARED ALASKA COD WITH LEMON-PARSLEY ORZO

SERVES 4 PREP TIME 5 minutes COOK TIME 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/3 cups orzo
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 4 (4-6 ounce) frozen Alaska cod fillets
  • Sliced lemons, for squeezing over fish and serving
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes (about 10 ounces)

DIRECTIONS

1. Cook the orzo according to the package directions. When it’s done, drain and put in a large bowl. Mix in the parsley, lemon juice and zest, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt (or more to taste). Set aside.

2. Run the frozen Alaska cod fillets under cold water to remove any ice glaze and pat dry with a paper towel. Brush both sides with oil and heat a large heavy-bottomed/nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add frozen cod and cook, uncovered, about 3 to 4 minutes, until lightly browned on the bottom. Flip the cod, sprinkle with 3/4 teaspoon salt, then cover pan and reduce heat to medium. Cook for another 5 to 6 minutes, depending on thickness and doneness. Cod should be opaque and flake easily with a fork. Remove from the heat, drizzle with a teaspoon or so of olive oil and a squirt of lemon and set aside.

3. Carefully wipe out the skillet. Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and heat over high heat until quite hot. Add the tomatoes and cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until blistered, about 2 to 3 minutes.

4. Serve the cod with the lemon-parsley orzo, blistered tomatoes, and lemon wedges and garnish with parsley.

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