Seafood Recipes Perfect for Fall

Seafood Recipes Perfect for Fall

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.

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Seafood and its Rising Consumption by Millennials

Seafood and its Rising Consumption by Millennials

Today's foodie is looking for more than just a tasty meal, they are health-conscious and want proteins that are nutritious.

Besides being concerned about the nutritional benefits of their food choices, they want to know where the protein is being sourced. Menu items that have been hyper-locally sourced have become particularly popular.

Consumers, especially millennials, are asking about their food before they eat it. They are acutely aware of the impact we now have on our environment, which is causing the sustain movement to build momentum.

Currently, the millennial generation has the greatest buying power in the market. There are more millennials working and earning a living than any other age group. According to data from Kantar Futures, 49 percent of foodies are millennials.

This group is driving the food trends and what do millennials want?

More seafood.

According to our Foodable Labs data, social mentions by brand advocates on seafood menu items are up by 18.4 percent since last July. The overall seafood Sentiment is up 2.4 points from the same time last year.

We have tracked 318,630 total seafood conversations by brand advocates on social over the past year.

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