Get Hooked on Fish!

Fish has always been a large part of my diet. Growing up on the coast, my family had access to a variety of seafood. My love for seafood has not changed even though I now call Iowa home. On my weekly meal plans I typically add 1-2 meals that include fish as our main protein. Our daughter has been eating a variety of fish dishes since she started trying foods, so I keep fish on hand for easy meals I know my family enjoys.

Fish, especially fresh, can get expensive. Jody mentioned great tips last week on how to reduce food waste and save money at the store. There are several ways that I cut down on the cost of purchasing fish. I look for what is on sale at the store each week, buy in bulk when I can, and I also purchase frozen options. When buying in bulk, I will grab a larger cut of fish and portion it out when I get home to store in the freezer for later. Buying fish and seafood when it is on sale helps add variety to our meals.

A few of my family’s favorite fish dishes are Fish Tacos, Baked Fish and Chips, and Fish Sandwiches. I also love to add fish into recipes like Build Your Own Omelet and Whole Meal Salad. Another way that I incorporate fish into my family’s diet is by keeping canned tuna and salmon in my pantry for quick, less expensive protein options. Salmon Wraps using canned or leftover salmon make for a quick lunch, as well as using canned tuna for Tuna Melt Sandwiches.

A variety of fish can be used in most fish recipes. Find options that are on sale to try and enjoy getting hooked on fish!

Katy Moscoso

Katy Moscoso is a Program Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. As a new mom she is always on the lookout for easy, healthy recipes to prepare for her family.

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