As summer fades and fall begins, it's time to change up your restaurant's menu. Once fall arrives, consumers are looking to celebrate Autumn with seasonal menu items.
But diners aren't only looking for pumpkin spice and squash, they want protein-packed, nutritious meals.
That's why we are seeing restaurants across the country add more seafood dishes to their menus, specifically 42.3 percent of our Top 100 Chefs have increased their inclusion of seafood on their menus since last July.
Not to mention, fall is the best season to get plump seafood that's low in cholesterol, but also high in protein, vitamins, minerals, and omega 3 fatty acids.
"Like most animals going into the colder seasons, seafood will fatten up in the fall. The good news is that seafood fat oils are where you’ll find important nutrients and omega 3 fatty acids. These are crucial in the human diet for all sorts of health benefits for brains, hearts, and eyesight," said Marco Suarez, High Liner Foods chef.
So how can you incorporate more seafood-focused dishes on your menu? Here are some recipe tips on how to diversify your fall menu with seafood options your diners are sure to love.
Swap Out that Chicken Dish With a Flavorful Fish
Why not swap a less exciting protein like chicken breast or pork with fish?
"Protein swapping seafood into your favorite fall recipes is easier than you might think. Try substituting a piece of tilapia in your favorite fall chicken breast dish or a roasted salmon filet in place of a cut of pork," said Suarez.
Have a turkey dish on your menu?
Suarez recommends spicing things up by trading that already been done turkey dish for one featuring a fish with crispy skin.
"When cooking a skin-on piece of fish, sear the skin in a hot pan with some olive oil; Then drop the whole pan in a hot oven, allowing it to cook all the way with the skin side down. This will give you a crispy skin that will put any Thanksgiving turkey skin to shame," said Suarez.
Salmon and Cod Complement Fall Flavors
Salmon is often called America's favorite fish for good reason. Not only is it one of the best sources of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, it can hold its own with bold fall flavors.
"The meaty, full flavor of Salmon allows it to stand up nicely to the bigger, more robust flavors that fall brings. Think sage, rosemary, cranberry, and roasted Brussels sprouts for example," said Suarez.
Cod, on the other hand, is available throughout the year and is especially versatile, making it great to pair with fall favorites like butternut squash.
"Cod’s sweet, yet mild flavor allows it to adapt well to all seasons. Pair it with roasted butternut squash and maple glazed potatoes for a healthy fall-flavored treat," said Suarez.
High Liner Foods, the leading processor and marketer of value-added frozen seafood with a broad portfolio of cod, haddock, Atlantic salmon scallops and shrimp, has more delicious recipes to help with you menu planning this fall, including the Teriyaki Sesame Salmon Noodle Bowl recipe, perfect for a crisp, fall day.
Editor’s Note: This is a sponsored post.