Thawing and Cooking

November 29, 2017 in Seasonal Wild Catch

20 Minute Quick Thaw

Otolith’s Quick Thaw© Directions*

Always puncture, cut or release vacuum seal of fresh/frozen Otolith sustainable seafood before thawing.  Thaw your seafood while in its specifically designed pouch.  Use a sharp knife to make a very small puncture in the top corner of the pouch. [Note: USDA Safe Defrosting Methods]

Place punctured pouch in clean warm water.   Do not allow the warm water to get into the protective pouch.  Replace warm water after 10 minutes .  Most fillets take 20 minutes to thaw.  Filets larger than 3/4 inch thick may take longer.

Otolith’s fish is sushi-grade and may be eaten raw up to 6 hours only after it has been thawed using Otolith’s Quick Thaw© directions and provided it is kept dry and stored between 34-40 degrees using refrigeration to control the temperature of your sushi-grade fish. 

Raw fish and sushi may be served for up to 2 hours on pre-chilled plates using frozen gel packs beneath the plates to control the plate temperature while serving.  Using gel packs to control the temperature of raw fish reduces the the amount of time raw fish will remain safe for consumption.  Do not eat raw fish that has been improperly handled or stored.

Refrigerated Thaw: place open pouch in clean bowl and allow to set in refrigerator for 5-8 hours to thaw depending on the thickness of the seafood.  Thicker fillets or whole fish may take longer.

To enjoy the superior quality and fresh taste of Otolith premium seafood, please consume within 3 days of thawing seafood.  Nonetheless, Otolith’s sustainable seafood once thawed will remain safe to cook and eat for up to 7 days.  While fillets and shellfish may be rinsed with cold water and pat dry with a clean towel before cooking, never soak seafood directly in water.  Always thaw in pouch or open air and remember to cut the pouch and release the vacuum seal prior to thawing.

Cooking Directions – Cutting portions before cooking can prevent over cooking thinner pieces provided you remove thinner portions of cooked seafood from the heat source once cooked.  Cook fillets at 400 degrees for 10 minutes per inch of thickness.  Most pieces take 6-8 minutes.  Cut into portions before cooking; cutting seafood into portions before cooking does not reduce the quality of your premium Otolith fish or shellfish provided you make clean cuts using a sharp knife.  For more specific cooking tips and directions, please use the products drop down menu to visit the specific page for each species of fish or shellfish.

*Recommended by Otolith not the USDA.  Otolith LLP, Community Supported Seafood LLC, their affiliates and/or heirs are not responsible for the improper use of Otolith’s Quick Thaw© technique.  Otolith’s Rapid Thaw© technique was designed to allow for the highest quality and safest consumption of sushi grade raw fish and cooked seafood.  Proper use of Otolith’s Quick Thaw© only allows for the safe consumption of raw fish for no more than 6 hours provided the fish once thawed is continually stored under refrigeration temperatures between 34-38°.  Improper handling of Quick Thaw© fish or shellfish will reduce the amount of time that fish can safely be eaten raw.  Example:  Sushi rolls served on a chilled plate without gel packs should be eaten within 40 minutes or discarded.  All raw fish should be held at a controlled temperature [34-40°] to sufficiently inhibit the growth of dangerous bacteria and other micro-organisms.

Smoked Sablefish Simply Superb!

November 29, 2017 in Seasonal Wild Catch, Slideshow

One Pound Portions, pin bone out, Smoked Sablefish fillet, $29/lb 

Ready to thaw and serve at room temperature with bread and white wine or  heat through in the oven and enjoy as a main course entree served with a side of winter squash, fall greens and big glass of red on a cold night.  From simple to sensational Smoked Sablefish is here for a limited time every holiday season at the request of one of Otolith’s partners.  Otolith custom orders this cold smoked seafood delicacy smoked using fall seasonal harvest wild sablefish and white cedar and alder woods.

 

Cooking and Handling Spot Prawns, $25/lb

November 28, 2017 in Seasonal Wild Catch

Spot prawns are naturally reddish because of their diet naturally rich in the same carotinoids that give salmon its reddish color.  Otolith’s spot prawns are natural and pure; they have no additives or preservatives except a splash of sea salt water just before freezing that forms a protective barrier against freezer burn. Once your prawns are thawed the brine or sea salt water will run off and not affect the taste or texture of the prawns safe in their shells.

Prawns may be cooked peeled or unpeeled.  Cooking methods include grilling, broiling, baking, searing, sauteing and steaming. If you choose to peel off the shells before cooking, Otolith’s recommends that you use the flavorful shells to create a small batch of stock/broth for use in soup, rice, pasta or sautes.  Raw prawns may be hard to peel at first due to their freshness.  Once thawed, keep refrigerated for three days then they will be easier to peel raw.  Cooked prawns are not difficult to peel.  Otolith’s prawns and shrimp do not require deveining.

Prawn Shell Stock Directions:  Using a small 4 cup saucepan, heat shells and 4 cups of water to a boil. Add additional flavors if desired.  Boil for 8 minutes like pasta or until any additional ingredients are tender.  Cover and remove from heat until thoroughly cooled.  Strain cooled broth and freeze or use within one week if stored under refrigeration 40 degrees F or below. Please remember to label and date all stock to assure proper handling and identification later.

Shelling Prawns:  Peel off the largest plates and and legs first.  Continue removing shells and legs moving toward the tail. Stop peeling when you reach the tail. Grasp and pinch the tail firmly with one hand and with your other hand pull the prawn meat free from the tail to keep all of the tail meat intact. Roe may be cooked and eaten.

Have Fun!

Raw Spot Prawns

Grilled Spot Prawns

Sized and Sorted Spot Prawns

Elegant Ikura

November 28, 2017 in Products, Seasonal Wild Catch, Slideshow

 Ikura Caviar made from 2017 harvest wild keta salmon roe and sea salt, 4oz $15.

Celebrate the holidays with Ikura and Spot Prawns!

Delicious alone and perfect accompaniment to butter toast and creme fraise* with horse radish.

* substitute sour cream for creme fraise if desired.  Recipe: 4 parts sour cream to 1 part horseradish and salt to taste.  Adding horseradish gradually until desired flavor profile and spicy finish is achieved.  Butter baguette slices and toast in the oven on a baking sheet until just golden; about 5-7 minutes at 350 degrees F.

 

Community Supported Seafood OPEN Programs

August 28, 2017 in Seasonal Wild Catch

Every fall, Alaskan fisheries for halibut, sablefish, rockfish, sidestripe shrimp and spot prawns are open for harvest.  Otolith sources these wonderful wild species in season and distributes superior seafood to our wholesale clients.  Through Community Supported Seafood [CSS] individuals can enjoy pre-sale prices for 10 lbs or more plus FREE delivery.  To purchase your 10 lbs share of wild fish and shellfish for the CSS 2017 Fall harvest email css@otolithonline.com or visit www.communitysupportedseafood.com.  Otolith proudly distributes for Community Supported Seafood because we value wild low impact fisheries and their harvesters!

Clockwise from Left: spot prawns, sablefish, rockfish, halibut and sidestripe shrimp

Ikura Caviar Anyone? $15 per 4oz. jar

January 8, 2016 in Products, Seasonal Wild Catch

Otolith’s superior Ikura caviar expertly brined in southeast Alaska is available for a limited time.  FREE Home Delivery is available for all orders over $150 in Philadelphia.   Order Now! 

White King Salmon, Sablefish, Rockfish and Halibut

January 7, 2016 in Products, Seasonal Wild Catch

White King Salmon, Sablefish, Rockfish and Halibut

Contact Otolith to place an order today for your superior white king salmon, halibut, sablefish and rockfish fillets.

Retail Prices: [Discounts available for purchases over 5 lbs and wholesale clients]

White King Salmon $25/lb [avg. wt 1 lb portion fillet]

Rockfish $16/lb [avg. wt 3/4 -1 lb portioned fillet]

Halibut $30/lb [avg. wt. 1 lb portioned fillet]

Sablefish $25/lb [avg. wt. 3/4 lb portioned fillet]

Or spend less and get more with Community Supported Seafood.  CSS 2016 Spring harvests deliver in April and provide discounted access to responsible harvest wild seafood every season via wwwcommunitysupportedseafood.com .   Otolith’s connects your power with our knowledge and uses our combined interest to generously support the harvesters who work on our behalf.

It feels wonderful to eat superior wild seafood and enjoy the convenience of having it available in your freezer ready to be cooked at your convenience.  The taste is better than fresh.  Its First Fresh Cut™ and sushi grade.  The powerful omega-3′s naturally present in all of Otolith’s wild seafood will improve the health of your body on a cellular level.  You may experience increased quality of life associated with being satisfied, receiving the nutrients your body craves, and having friends who want to have dinner at your house.

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Sockeye and Coho Salmon

January 7, 2016 in Products, Seasonal Wild Catch

Contact Otolith to place an order today for your superior sockeye, coho and king salmon fillet portions.

Retail Prices: [Discounts available for orders over 5 lbs and wholesale clients]

Sockeye $19/lb – avg. wt portions 3/4 lbs

Coho $16.50/lb – avg. wt. portions 3/4-1 lbs

Or spend less and get more with Community Supported Seafood.  CSS 2016 salmon harvests deliver in September through December and provide discounted access to responsible harvest wild seafood every season via wwwcommunitysupportedseafood.com .   Otolith’s connects your power with our knowledge and uses our combined interest to generously support the harvesters who work on our behalf.

It feels wonderful to eat superior wild seafood and enjoy the convenience of having it available in your freezer ready to be cooked at your convenience.  The taste is better than fresh.  Its First Fresh Cut™ and sushi grade.  The powerful omega-3′s naturally present in all of Otolith’s wild seafood will improve the health of your body on a cellular level.  You may experience increased quality of life associated with being satisfied, receiving the nutrients your body craves, and having friends who want to have dinner at your house.

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US Bering Sea Red King Crab

December 30, 2015 in Products, Seasonal Wild Catch

Purchase 5 lbs or more of Otolith’s freshly harvested domestic harvest #1 Red King Crab for only $22/lb [Original price $27/lb].  Otolith’s red king crab is the freshest and largest king crab available.  You will savor each succulent bite of its sweet and briny naturally ocean fresh taste.  Otolith’s king crab is always additive and preservative free and partially cooked and blast frozen at the peak of its freshness.  Each half crab blast-frozen cluster weighs approximately 2.5 lbs.

The King is Back

October 15, 2015 in Products, Seasonal Wild Catch

The best ingredients require only the simplest recipes

King Salmon $27/lb

Harvested in July 2015 from the waters of Petersburg and surrounds in Southeast Alaska, Otolith’s King Salmon is as delicious as its name suggests.  Wild Alaskan King salmon is available from Otolith at Headhouse Farm Market and Home Delivery.

Because of its savory flavor and moist texture, King salmon is a perfect ingredient to compliment fall’s leafy greens and savory root vegetables.
Serving Suggestions:
  • Simple dressed salad greens and sauteed thicker seasonal greens compliment this rich and savory fish abundant with omega-3 fatty acids.  It is best to roast, grill or sear king salmon at 400 degrees.  Allow 10 minutes per inch of thickness to cook king salmon.  Once the king salmon is cooked, rest the salmon for 2-3 minutes before serving.  Serving suggestion: drizzle pomegranate syrup lightly over the king salmon or greens.
  • Cleaned, peeled and cut to 1 inch cubes, root vegetables coated lightly with oil will take approximately 45 minutes to roast in a 400 degree oven.  While vegetables are roasting, there is time to thaw the season’s best king salmon and wash and sautee any leafy greens with garlic and olive oil.  Swiss chard is done when the stalks are tender and easy to chew, but some greens such as collard require the addition of a little water from time to time to prevent scorching while cooking to a tender doneness in a stove-top deep dish skillet.  The portions of thawed king salmon can be added directly to the roasting root vegetables after the vegetables have been cooking at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.  Recommended root vegetables include butternut squash, turnips, beets, or potatoes with an optional  quartered small onion or fennel bulb for contrast and additional flavor.