Seafood offers a great alternative to red meat and a way to freshen up summer menus
According to The NPD Group’s foodservice market research, total seafood servings in the U.S. have declined since 2007, and this continual trend is likely because of the economy and price. However, this may be changing soon.
We at Marzetti Foodservice have recently talked about rising prices when it comes to beef, and with some creative thinking you can keep it on the menu. Another alternative is to consider adding seafood to your menu.
In addition to offering potential costs savings, seafood provides a variety of nutrients. The National Restaurant Association reported Americans should consume more seafood. Consuming 8oz. of selected seafood instead of the 3.5 ounces currently averaged, provides at least 250mg of omega 3s that help prevent heart disease.
Marzetti Foodservice offers a few solutions as you consider if or how to add seafood to your menu:
- Precooked noodles and pasta that can save time and limit waste. Integrating many types of seafood with pasta gives you a variety of options for menu inspiration, for example this Blackened Salmon with Asiago Penne. Plus, it helps to fill customers’ stomachs.
- Adding a tangy or spicy sauce to a seafood dish is another way to give it a boost of flavor, while letting you change up your menu when necessary while maintaining similar ingredients.
- Play around with a variety of sauces for seafood flavor enhancement:
- Try adding lemon zest to honey mustard for a salmon sauce
- Add some seasonal seafood appetizers such as Bacon Ranch Crab Cakes, Bruschetta with Shrimp & Avocado, Fish Sliders or Spicy Crab Dip