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
Conservas are a Sea Pantry staple, and those made by Fishwife —a fantastic sustainable tinned seafood company started during the pandemic—are absolutely fantastic!
The fish used in their tinned Smoked Rainbow Trout are from Riverence, a sustainable fishery in Idaho that I LOVE! Here, I used them to upgrade the classic tuna sandwich.
It’s the season for bright greens and sweet English peas! And in Alaska, it’s halibut season too. Celebrate these ingredients with a light, flavorful Alaskan Halibut with Pea Puree and Pesto over Focaccia.
Break out the grill for this delicious striped bass recipe with a vibrant chimichurri sauce featuring kelp! I was honored to develop this recipe as a “Seal-Approved,” Ocean-Friendly meal for the Marine Mammal Center that helps guide families in cooking sustainable seafood meals.