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While spring has sprung in some areas of the world, many countries – and states in the U.S. –are still in the cold and snow, which means restaurant guests are seeking warm comfort foods. Seafood soups, stews and chowders fit the bill, and we found outstanding dishes across the U.S. Here are our top five unique seafood soups, stews and chowders.


9 CC smoked salmon1. Wild Alaskan smoked salmon chowder from Ivar’s in Seattle, Wash. This chowder, which won three awards in the 2010 Alaskan Symphony of Seafood...

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Restaurants across the U.S. are featuring wild shrimp in season, from the Gulf of Mexico, Florida’s East Coast and other areas. They know that Americans love shrimp and eat it often. As a result, they are playing with new and unusual recipes to keep customers coming back for their shrimp dishes. Here are the top five unique and flavorful wild shrimp dishes we found.


Culinary Corner1. Healthy coconut shrimp appetizer. “Everybody does fried coconut shrimp, which is processed. We are trying to get away from...

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While simple boiled crawfish is very popular throughout the spring and summer, many U.S. chefs love using crawfish as a featured ingredient in extraordinary seafood dishes. Here are the top 5 interesting crawfish dishes SeafoodSource found this spring:


9 CC Bieg1. Crawfish, Tasso & Goat Cheese Beignets, made with Abita Amber beer batter and served with ravigote sauce. These mouthwatering beignets are one of the biggest sellers at Café B in New Orleans, La., one of Ralph Brennan’s restaurants...

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While most chefs love working with decadent Alaskan halibut, similar preparations of the fish tend to proliferate on menus. In order to find unique halibut dishes, SeafoodSource sought the advice of some of the top chefs in the U.S., including Susan Feniger, who competed on Top Chef Masters and co-owns several restaurants as part of the Border Grill empire. Feniger's newer restaurants include Mud Hen Tavern and Blue Window in Hollywood, Calif.

Here are the top 5 interesting ways to...

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After the Dungeness crab season finally opened in Washington and Oregon, restaurants in the Pacific Northwest – and throughout the U.S. – are featuring unique Dungeness crab dishes on their menus.

Here are the top 5 Dungeness unique and traditional crab dishes we discovered:


7 CC wok1.) Wok-fried Dungeness Crab. Featured at Etta’s in Seattle, Wash., this dish is one of the signature recipes of the restaurant’s founder (and owner of several other restaurants), Tom Douglas. It features a sauce...

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Hemingway's snapper

Around the world, seafood has long been associated with romance. For proof, look no further than the special romantic celebrations for Valentine’s Day on 14 February centered around seafood.

Many restaurants and seafood retailers in the U.S., U.K., and other countries are going all out for the special day. For example, Loch Fyne Seafood and Grill, which has four U.K. locations, is offering to help diners “pop the question” to their loves on Valentine’s Day. The chain will help surprise future...

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Cured salmon sandwich

January is the best time of year to proclaim the health and dietary benefits of seafood. Consumers are making a commitment to eating healthy and are gearing up for celebrating Lent. “Restaurants that offer lighter seafood dishes in January can appeal to the flocks of consumers looking for healthier choices when making their dining out decisions,” said Rachel Royster senior coordinator of editorial content for foodservice research and consulting firm Technomic.

To that end, many U.K...

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Seared tuna

After the holiday season, everyone is interested in eating lighter and healthier. The New Year is the time when consumers are most interested in trying new light, healthy seafood dishes. Plus, the new U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recommend that Americans eat at least eight ounces of a variety of seafood per week and take in at least 250 mg. per day of omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. There is no better time than the present for restaurants to promote light seafood dishes as the...

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“Trash” fish, or fish that has traditionally been thrown back by commercial fishermen, are becoming very popular on restaurant menus. In fact, utilizing trash fish is a priority of many top chefs across the U.S., the United Kingdom and Europe. Here are the top five ways to prepare trash fish.


1 CC 3 Redfish1. Redfish

It is surprising to some that this popular Southern fish, which is likened to red snapper, is considered a trash fish. Some fishermen and chefs shy away from them because, with their large...

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As the most popular seafood item on restaurant menus, shrimp appetizers and entrees abound. However, more restaurant operators and chefs are learning that they must elevate the traditional shrimp dishes in order to attract Millennial – and other – diners.

Here are the top five new and inventive ways to serve shrimp:


5 Inventive Shrimp Dishes1. Shrimp Toasties

Created by Boulder, Colo.-based The Kitchen, which operates eight restaurants, this appetizing dish is served both as a starter and a family plate. The...

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