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Guilt-free Fish

Even if you’re not a nature documentary junkie, it’s hard to ignore the fact that our oceans are in danger. The media reports how plastic is littering the seas and beaches, choking seabirds and poisoning fish. Overfishing threatens whole species and irresponsible fish farming destroys habitats and pollutes ocean waters. The seas boil, the skies rain fire, Catfish and Dogfish are living together — mass hysteria!

Fresh Fish

So how can you consume seafood nowadays without feeling like a total jerk? A few years ago we learned about the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Pocket Guides, which helps consumers choose responsible seafood options when dining and shopping. It was nice and succinct but unfortunately, easily misplaced. So, we were excited to learn that the Aquarium now has a free iPhone App, which provides you with searchable and more up-to-date information.

San Francisco Fish Company

But before recommending this app to you, we first wanted to field test it at the San Francisco Fish Company. Located in the San Francisco Ferry Building, they advertise themselves as a sustainable fish market. Thom has been there in the past and found the guys behind the counter to be friendly, knowledgeable, and chatty. Unfortunately, those guys had the day off when we showed up with the Seafood Watch App. When asked, “Has this ahi tuna been caught in an environmentally friendly fashion?” the fishmonger behind the counter stared at us for a while before replying, “I don’t even know what that means.” Okay… so much for that idea. I guess this experience serves as just one example of how difficult it can be to know exactly where your fish comes from and how it’s been caught — even when you’re someplace where they pride themselves on their sustainable options. In any seafood situation, your best option is choose to be an informed consumer and luckily we had our iPhone App, which confirmed that this tuna fit the bill.

So, with this choice piece of sustainably harvested fish we chose to cook up one of our new favorite dishes: Maple Glazed Tuna with Pear Potato Salad. It’s a simple dish to prepare with a delicious combination of savory and sweet flavor.

Maple Glazed Tuna with Pear Potato Salad

Maple Glazed Tuna with Pear Potato Salad
- Adapted from Epicurious.com -

Serves 4
30-45 minutes prep and cook time total

Maple Glazed Tuna

Ingredients:
1 T. Dijon mustard
2 T. maple syrup (use the good stuff – avoid imitation maple-flavored syrups)
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 c. olive oil
4 6-ounce tuna fillets
Salt & fresh ground black pepper

Preparation:
1) Whisk together the mustard, maple syrup, lime juice, salt & pepper, and 1 T. of the olive oil.
2) Marinate the tuna in the mustard/maple syrup mix for 30 minutes or so.
3) Sear the tuna on a grill or in a skillet over high heat for 30 seconds on each side (oil the grill or skillet first).
4) Place on top of pear potato salad.

Pear Potato Salad

Ingredients:
1/4 c. olive oil
1 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into quarters or ½ inch pieces
2 Bosc pears, cored, and cut into 1 inch cubes
1/2 red onion
1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced, depending on how garlicky you like your dishes
1/4 c. sliced, toasted almonds
1 1/2 t. curry powder
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
4 c. baby spinach

Preparation:
1) Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the potatoes and sauté until golden (about 12 minutes). Thom likes to add a pat of butter to keep the potatoes from sticking to the pan.
2) Add the pears, onion, garlic, almonds, and curry powder and sauté for 5 minutes.
3) Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper.
4) Toss the spinach with lemon juice and a little olive oil.
5) Place a few spoonfuls of the potato mix on top of the spinach.

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