What is a Sea Pantry?
When it comes to health foods, the ocean delivers! Fish, seafood, and seaweed are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important nutrients for supporting heart health. But foods from the ocean – when farmed or caught sustainably – also bring big benefits to the environment.
For the sake of both human health and ocean health, it is time for us to get a taste of the SEA. If we can commit to keeping these items on hand, we can expand our palates and improve the planet at the same time.
What Items to Keep On Hand?
Take a look at my Pantry from the Sea – a treasure trove of beautiful, sustainable kelp, sea vegetables, fish, and shellfish (as well as personal care items and even pet treats containing ingredients from the sea) that support healthy living and healthy oceans.
And if you think there’s anything I should add to this ever-growing list, please do share it with me!
Dried Seaweeds, Rubs and Sprinkles
Pasta and Grains
Basics for the Refrigerator and Freezer
Shelf Stable Items
I wanted to take a traditional paella, make it with local sausage and Valencia or Bamba rice, and then layer in a beautiful array of tinned seafood like cod, mackerel, geoduck, and sea bass. This “Sea Pantry” spin on a Spanish staple will please the entire family!
I like to keep canned clams and dry seaweed pasta in the pantry for a dinner that can be on the table in minutes! For this recipe, you’ll create a beautiful clam sauce with garlic, thyme, parsley and then pour the sauce over a kelp pasta.
For this grilled tuna kabob, I used a sustainable, wild-caught yellowfin tuna, but you can also use albacore from a sustainable fishery! You’ll first prep the fish in a wet marinade composed of soy sauce, cumin, olive oil, and fresh lime juice so that it’s full in flavor. After cooking the kabobs on a grill pan or outside on the grill if the weather is nice, serve your tuna skewers with a creamy curry sauce on top of a beautiful, sauteed maple glazed butternut squash – you can cut the squash into fun noodles or cubes!