Butter-Poached Alaska Flounder Cooked Mexican Style in Kansas City

Chefs and consumers alike need to be conscious of the origin of their seafood. While generally more sustainable than other protein sources, seafood can vary in nutritional value depending on its source and supplier.

The second season of Foodable’s Smart Kitchen & Bar is partnering with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute to highlight chefs who understand and value sustainable seafood sourcing practices. These chefs share innovative, fish-focused dishes that will revitalize your menu, and also explain their own contributions to and investment in the sustainable seafood movement.

This season is also available to stream on Amazon Prime Video and Foodable On-Demand.

Alaska Sole—commonly known as flounder—is one of the healthiest and most nutrient-dense types of flatfish. All wild Alaska fisheries are responsibly and sustainably harvested throughout the state.

The above video provides a glimpse of Chef Carlos Falcon at work. Falcon shares his delicious Butter-Poached Alaska Flounder recipe with host Paul Barron, and he keeps the flavors simple with such ingredients as bomba rice, lobster fumet, Alaska king crab meat, and duck egg aioli.

As the owner and chef of Jarocho in the landlocked Kansas City, Falcon missed the seafood of his hometown. Despite some skepticism, he decided to bring a Mexican-infused seafood menu to the midwest and swiftly won over his critics. He and his culinary staff prioritize keeping things simple at the restaurant: at the end of the day, just make delicious, uncomplicated dishes that everyone can enjoy.

To learn more about the recipe and best practices for sustainable seafood, watch the full episode now on Amazon Prime Video or Foodable On-Demand.

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Denver Chef Infuses Classic Seared Alaska Halibut with Thai Flavors

Throughout the world, people rely on the ocean for sustenance and survival. Sustainability practices in harvesting are essential for ensuring the future quality and continuity of seafood. And rapidly evolving technology possibilities are making sustainability a much simpler and more attainable goal.

For its second season, Foodable’s Smart Kitchen & Bar has partnered with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute to feature chefs who are passionate about sustainable seafood sourcing practices. These chefs share why they love seafood, explain how they select responsible seafood purveyors, and showcase innovative, fish-focused recipes.

This season is also available to stream on Amazon Prime Video and Foodable On-Demand.

The largest type of flatfish, Alaska Halibut is equal parts simple and elegant with a unique, flaky texture and a mild, sweet flavor. Alaska is the largest provider of domestic halibut in the United States, and all wild Alaska fisheries harvest responsibly and sustainably.

In the clip above, Chef Jennifer Jasinski shares her Thai-infused mango Alaska dungeness crab salad and seared Alaska halibut recipe with host Paul Barron. Jasinski's unique recipe pairs halibut and dungeness crab with coconut crusted risotto. As you can see in the video, the dungeness crab that was used is classified as "ugly crab," which simply means it has a less attractive shell (barnacles, discoloration, war wounds), but it is just as safe and delicious to eat as a crab with an attractive-looking shell.

Originally from Santa Barbara, California, Chef Jasinski has always loved the ocean and the diversity of fish it offers. After traveling for over a decade with Wolfgang Puck Food Company, she put down roots in Denver and currently owns five acclaimed restaurants in the city under the group name Crafted Concepts. One of her latest restaurants, Stoic & Genuine, opened in 2014 and features fresh-from-the-water seafood.

Check out the full episode on Amazon Prime Video or Foodable On-Demand to learn more about sustainable seafood practices and Jasinski’s philosophy on leaving no scraps behind.

Sous Vide Alaska Pollock Cooked to Perfection

Originally kept to the domain of professional chefs, sous vide is becoming an increasingly popular cooking method in the average American home. The sous vide cooking method typically consists of vacuum-sealing your choice of food in a bag, cooking it in a bath of water in a glass container, and potentially broiling or searing the food further for a crispier flavor.

For the second season of Smart Kitchen & Bar, Foodable has partnered with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute to spotlight chefs who actively practice sustainable seafood sourcing. These chefs share why they love seafood, explain how they select responsible seafood vendors, and showcase cutting-edge, fish-focused recipes.

This season is also available to stream on Amazon Prime Video and Foodable On Demand.

Wild Alaska pollock makes for a versatile, flaky, and delicious dish. Alaska pollock is the largest sustainable fishery in the world and is caught in its natural habitat and processed at-sea or on shore. It has a mild cod-like taste and delicate texture prized by chefs from around the world.

In the clip above, Chef Jennifer Booker shares her sous vide Alaska pollock recipe with host Paul Barron. The delicious recipe features a variety of flavorful ingredients including saffron rice, sautéed spinach, garlic, and tomato.

Booker is a personal chef, cookbook author, culinary educator, and business owner based in Atlanta. She also currently serves as an Executive Chef for the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Her culinary company, Your Resident Gourmet, provides in-house cooking, catering, party planning, menu development, and cooking classes. Booker loves seafood, and encourages her clients to rethink the unhealthy stereotypes of southern cuisine.

Check out the full episode on Amazon Prime Video or Foodable On Demand to learn more about southern agriculture and finding fresh, healthy, sustainable seafood.

This Butter-Poached Alaska Flounder Recipe Dazzles Guests in Oklahoma City

As both a chef and consumer, you can make a positive impact on the environment by what protein you pick for your meals.

Seafood, for example, is often more sustainable than other protein sources. But making a socially responsible decision about what fish to source involves doing your research and finding the right suppliers.

In the second season of Foodable’s Smart Kitchen & Bar, in partnership with Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, chefs with a passion for sustainable seafood sourcing visit our kitchen to demonstrate some of their most popular fish-focused dishes. These chefs have developed a love and understanding of seafood. In this Seafood Season, prepare to learn new innovative recipes to ramp up your menu, while also being educated about the best sustainable seafood sourcing practices.

This season will also be available on Amazon Prime Video and Foodable On-Demand.

In the video above, you get a taste of Chef Chris McCabe in action as he walks us through how to cook his signature Butter Poached Alaska Flounder recipe with champagne sabayon, charred cauliflower, and a fried cod croquette.

As the culinary director of A Good Egg Dining Group in Oklahoma City, McCabe oversees five of the 12 restaurants in the group's portfolio. Seafood plays a major role on McCabe's menus and since he relies on this protein so heavily, he makes sure that the seafood he sources comes from responsibly managed fisheries and is sustainably caught, especially because this is so important to his guests.

Watch the full episode now on Amazon Prime Video or Foodable On-Demand.

French Master Chef Transforms Alaska Sablefish to This Perfectly Executed Dish

The future generation’s fish supply depends on the eco-friendly efforts we make today.

With that in mind, operators across the country are making an effort to make socially responsible decisions when it comes to sourcing seafood– whether it be by serving abundant fish populations or by buying fish that has been harvested in a way that supports healthy ecosystems.

In the second season of Foodable’s Smart Kitchen & Bar, in partnership with Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, chefs with a passion for seafood visit our kitchen to demonstrate their most popular fish-focused dishes. These chefs have developed a love and understanding of seafood. Seafood can be more sustainable than other protein sources, but it's important to research and know the origin of a seafood species. In this Seafood Season, prepare to learn new recipes, while also learning about the sustainable seafood movement.

This season will also be available on Amazon Prime Video and Foodable On-Demand.

In the teaser episode above, you get a taste of French-bred Chef Olivier Desaintmartin's culinary mastery as he prepares one of his signature recipes with a sustainable Alaska sablefish (also known as black cod) as the centerpiece.

Desaintmartin, the owner of Caribou Café in Philadelphia, has made a name for himself with his simple, yet delicious approach to serving seafood. He has always had a special connection to seafood due to his roots as a fisherman. Watch the episode on Amazon Prime Video or Foodable On-Demand to see how he transforms a full sablefish to a perfectly executed autumn dish.