Spot Prawns $25/lb [21-30 ct]

November 8, 2019 in Products, Slideshow

Photo Courtesy of Kaagwei Howard Walcott

Difficult to source and harder still to harvest, Spot Prawns are a uniquely scrumptious wild shellfish full of sweet flavor combined with rich umami savoriness and a beautiful white texture that is firm to the bite without being chewy.

Festive recipe using peeled and boiled prawns provide an exciting and talked about delicacy of the ocean that remains wildly abundant in in Southeast Alaska.  Harvested using pot trap gear, spot prawns are managed for generations of sustainable seafood resource  access.

Spot Prawns are sold as tails only and are easy to peel once cooked while not terribly difficult to peel raw.  Owning to their characteristics of freshness and Otolith’s commitment to superior quality, spot prawns shells are as attached to their prawns’ bodies as much as they day they were harvested.  Thawing shellfish under refrigeration at least a few up to 7 days before cooking will make shells easier to remove and peel.  The hard shells of a large prawn are easy to grasp and the firm texture of the prawns simplifies the task while it is pinched from its shell.   No deveining required. Approximate time to peel 20 large prawns:  6-7 minutes

Seasoned Prawn Boil: Approximately 1/2 cup of liquid for every 1/4 lb prawns.

For 2 lb recipe

Ingredients:

2 lbs Spot Prawns  – thawed, unpeeled or peeled with shells reserved*

2 cups water – may use 2 cups white wine

2 cups white wine or diluted lemon juice, pilsner beer, or vegetable stock

1 small onion quartered

3 celery stalks quartered into shorter lengths

1 carrot quartered lengthwise

1 garlic clove smashed

1 Tbs peppercorns

1 Tbs salt – optional

1 sprig rosemary

1/4 bunch of any fresh or old green herbs

1 Tbs lemon zest or peel – no pith

1 stick of butter

any vegetables beside beets [do not stain the prawns except] can go into the pot at your discretion

In a large sauce pot, combine all ingredients except prawns and butter, cover and bring to a boil.  Add unpeeled prawns to the pot, cover and cook until done.  Approximately 10-15 minutes.  Give the prawns a stir to make sure all tails are curled slightly, fully cooked and opaque throughout.  Remove from the heat.  Stir in the stick of butter. Allow to cool slightly and serve with fresh crusty baguette. Prawns will require peeling wile eating. This recipe does not use cocktail sauce.  If you like cocktail sauce omit butter and bread from the recipe and serve the prawns chilled and strained. Reserve liquid frozen for use as a soup base or stock for risotto. This recipe may be made up to 1 day in advance.

*For a more formal version of this recipe see below.

Prawns can be peeled up to 24 hours before cooking.  Prawn shells are optional in this recipe and can be boiled to make the cooking stock used to serve with shelled prawns. To make a stock from prawn shells repeat the recipe above except adding only prawn shells to the stock and allow stock to cool completely before straining the stock to remove all of the ingredients except its liquid. Then add the butter to the cooled strained stock and reheat it the stock on medium heat. Once the butter is completely melted add the shelled prawns.  Cook until peeled prawns are curled and opaque [approx 8-10 minutes].  Serve in bowls with crusty baguette. This recipe does not use cocktail sauce.  If you like cocktail sauce omit butter and bread from the recipe and serve the prawns chilled and strained. Reserve liquid frozen for use as a soup base or stock for risotto.

Best Homemade cocktail sauce: 4 parts ketchup, 1 part horseradish, 1/2 part fresh lemon juice, 1/8 part Worcestershire sauce or chopped anchovies. Serve chilled. May be made up to 1 day ahead.

Cooking and Handling Spot Prawns

Join Community Supported Seafood NOW!

June 9, 2019 in Seasonal Wild Catch

CSS 2019 Fall Programs close for Enrollment on December 1, 2019

Through Community Supported Seafood [CSS] individuals can enjoy pre-sale prices for 10 lbs or more plus FREE delivery while supporting local business and low impact harvesters of a renewable wild  seafood resource.

To purchase your 10-15 LBS share of Community Supported Seafood 2019 wild summer harvest fish 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! Otolith supports Community Supported Seafood’s mission to a community of individuals appreciating wild superior seafood together.

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Join CSS King Salmon, Sockeye and Coho Salmon!

June 7, 2019 in Products, Seasonal Wild Catch

Order NOW!  sockeye, coho and king salmon portions from Community Supported Seafood.com

Community Supported Seafood 2019 Summer Harvest Programs for sockeye, coho and king salmon deliver in September 2019.  Arrival Notifications are emailed.  Delivery is available every Tuesday and Thursday once the salmon is available for distribution.

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Delivery is always FREE for CSS members. CSS Membership has no additional charge.

CSS provides saving for you and predictability for distributors like Otolith while providing a platform for low impact fisherman to direct market our own catch like me and my family.*

Get more with Community Supported Seafood.  CSS 2019 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.

*www.communitysupportedseafood.com accepts ACH payments only. Bank account and routing number required to enroll.

White King Salmon, Sablefish, Rockfish and Halibut

January 7, 2019 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 $30/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 2018 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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Smoked Coho Salmon Easy and Spectacular

January 2, 2019 in Recipe, Seasonal Wild Catch

Serving Otolith’s smoked salmon as an appetizer or snack, you will relish the spectacular flavors and lavish in the time you have to spend with your friends or family.  Whether you have parties on the horizon or just want to make any night special, having made this recipes myself, I know first hand the incredible results of a little effort that will make you and the company you keep feel splendid.

Smoked Coho Salmon w/ Tapenade

Time: 15 minutes to prepare; Serves 4-5 as a snack or appetizer
Ingredients:
1/2 lb of smoked coho salmon strips – cut into 1/2 – 3/4  inch pieces
2 Tbs capers – cut in half or minced up, not pureed
4 oz of pitted kalamata olives – half or coarse chop
4 oz roasted red pepper – small diced
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
4 Tbs EVOO – extra virgin olive oil
2 baguettes – sliced thinly on an angle for easy eating pieces
2 Tbs finely chopped fresh parsley – divided

Coarse tapenade can be made up to one day in advance.  Slice bread and smoked fish no more than 5 hours before serving.  Refrigerate smoked fish before serving and keep bread and fish each wrapped air tight to preserve freshness until served.  Place sliced baguette directly onto your serving platter and cover with plastic wrap.

Mix capers, olives, lemon juice, EVOO and red pepper; cover and set aside in a small serving bowl or pretty ramekin.  Keep covered and refrigerated until ready to serve.

Serve smoked salmon on a small plate.  One half hour before serving, place salmon plate and tapenade bowl on opposite ends of a large platter with the sliced baguette down the center of the platter and garnish with remaining parsley sprinkled across the platter.

 

Shrimp Scampi

It is tradition to make this recipe using prawns rather than shrimp.  Here is my own recipe using what ever Otolith shellfish is on hand.

Time: 20 minutes to prepare/20 minutes to cook; Serves 5
Ingredients:

1 pounds of raw shellfish – prawns, shrimp or crab; peeled and shells set aside.  If you are using crab then steam the crab before shelling and reserve only the strained liquid and shelled meat.  Crab shells can be composted or discarded.  Raw shrimp and prawn shells make an excellent stock for this recipe otherwise the water from the boiled pasta will work too.

1-1/2  cups of shellfish stock – strained liquid of boiled shells in 1-2 pints of water cooled completely to set flavors before straining or warm pasta liquid
3 shallot – fine diced bits
5 garlic cloves – fine chopped or grated
1/4 c. of fresh lemon juice
1 cup of fresh parsley chopped
1 dried hot red chili pepper – chopped fine [optional]
1 stick of butter – unsalted
4 Tbs EVOO – divided
1 tsp capers – chopped [optional]
1 small fresh ripe tomato – diced small or 1 tsp tomato paste
1 large mushroom – sliced thin [optional]
1 c. grated Parmesan cheese for topping [optional]
1 lb of cooked hot pasta – not linguine or fettuccine

Cook 1 lb of any pasta except linguine or fettuccini according to its package and reserve 1- 1/2  cup hot pasta liquid if you elect not to make stock from your shellfish shells.  Coat hot pasta with 1/2 the EVOO to prevent clumping.

In a large deep skillet, using medium heat not high, melt the butter, add 1/2 the EVOO then saute the garlic and shallots until just soft – about 5 minutes.  Add the peeled shellfish to the hot sizzling butter, oil and garlic mixture; do not brown butter or garlic.  Let the mixture cook without too much stirring for 3 minutes.  Gently turn over the shellfish so each side is cooked without over handling them; cook an additional 3 minutes.  Then if you are using them – add the capers, tomato, or mushroom; cook for another 3 minutes.  When the prawns are fully cooked add the 1 -1/2 of hot stock to the skillet and simmer together for another 3 minutes.  Add the lemon juice and the parsley then season to taste with salt and white pepper.  Turn off the heat and add 1/2 of the hot cooked pasta to your skillet to coat with sauce and shellfish then add the remaining pasta and toss gently.  You may need to use tongs or scoop shellfish from the bottom of the pan and place back on top of the pasta before serving so everyone can see the beautiful scampi over the pasta.  If you using tongs to transfer angel hair pasta to a serving dish after it is coated in the sauce then you can pour the scampi over the pasta in your serving bowl.  Serve scampi with Parmesan cheese on the side.

Suggestion: Make what you can in advance to allow time with guests.  You can peel the shrimp or prawns and make a stock up to 7 hours ahead of time.  Keep your stock and shellfish refrigerated until you are ready to use and remember to warm up the stock before you start to cook the scampi.   You may make the pasta and prepare the chopped ingredients up to one hour ahead; these do not need to be kept cold – room temp is fine for one hour.  The final assembly will take about 20 minutes however you can prepare the scampi 1/2 hour before serving and just heat it up in about 5 minutes before adding the cooked pasta.

 

 

 

Thawing and Cooking

November 29, 2018 in Slideshow

For superior results and best handling practices always thaw seafood under refrigeration.  A slow cool thaw will gently increase the temperature of your superior Otolith seafood protecting its quality and flavor.

When you want to enjoy Otolith’s fish raw then Otolith’s recommends Otolith’s Quick Thaw method.

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, 2018 in Seasonal Wild Catch

Portions, pin bone out, Smoked Sablefish fillet, $33/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 original partners.  Otolith custom orders this cold smoked seafood delicacy smoked using fall seasonal harvest wild sablefish and white cedar and alder woods.

Sockeye Wild Salmon Whole Fillet 2018 Harvest

October 9, 2018 in Products, Seasonal Wild Catch

Whole Sockeye Fillet Average Weight 1.5-2 lbs each

For a limited time Otolith Sustainable Seafood has 2018 wild sockeye salmon whole fillets available $17/lb

These expertly packaged wild sockeye fillets serve 5-6 persons and are an ideal presentation when serving wild salmon. The exact color and luscious red-coral color of these superior fillets is not captured by Otolith’s image above.  They are beautiful and taste scrumptious!

Call 215-426-4266 or email sales@otolithonline.com for pick-up or delivery

 

US Bering Sea Red King Crab

July 30, 2018 in Products, Seasonal Wild Catch, Slideshow

2019 Harvest Red King Crab

Purchase Otolith’s freshly harvested domestic #1 Red King Crab for only $33/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.

Alaskan Red King Crab is the largest and sweetest King Crab

Summer Salmon Fishing Excursions Available in 2019

July 17, 2018 in Events, Seasonal Wild Catch

Many of you have inquired about going fish with us! We have decided to create an opportunity for up to two guests per week to join us as a crewmember on board our 65 ft fishing vessel for the 2019 summer salmon season!

Book My Salmon Fishing Excursion NOW!

Each All-Inclusive Salmon Fishing Excursion includes:

1 Non-resident 7 day commercial fishing license

1 full day onboard vessel safety training

6 Nights/5 Days meals, snacks and accomodations [1 bunk per person] on board the schooner fishing vessel Sunset

Individual hands-on instruction for setting, hauling and cleaning troll harvest wild salmon

Fish as much or as little as you’d like – we will do the rest

Departure from Sitka, Alaska and returning after 4 [24 hour] days at sea

2 nights stay onboard in Sitka including the Friday night arrival date and the Wednesday night before departure date

Crewmember survival suits for safety drills and at sea emergency use are provided

Accidental injury and liability insurance up to $20,000 for each crewmember provided

Optional Gear Insurance available for any lost at sea gear provided at crewmember’s expense.

Custom blast-frozen sushi-grade salmon home pack up to 20 lbs included based on week’s harvest onboard during excursion.  Shipping costs and additional arrangements required and not included with Salmon Fishing Excursion Package .  Custom salmon pack may not be available in time to carry-on as checked baggage.  Individual salmon pack arrangements will vary based on the travel itinerary of each client.

Allergies and dietary restrictions are accommodated provided they have been disclosed at least 1 month in advance of the Salmon Fishing Excursion.