Choosing Alaskan Halibut from your Seafood Purveyor

Choosing Alaskan Halibut from your Seafood Purveyor

If Alaskan Halibut on your Spring or Summer menu, you have the right idea, Chef. The season for this delicious flatfish spans from March through October. When buying wholesale fish, if your seafood purveyor does not have seasonality in mind, they probably don’t have your food costs or sustainability in mind either.

Being mindful of the seasonality of your seafood helps retain sustainability by preventing overfishing. Don’t be “that guy” that insists on seafood without regard to the season, be the chef that takes a stand for preserving what the ocean has to offer!

Cooking Alaskan Halibut

Broiled, pan-fried, deep-fried, or grilled; this delicious fish would be an incredible addition to your Spring menu. Halibut is prized for its firm, flaky meat and delicate, sweet flavor with minimal bones. These qualities make halibut easy to work with, and makes it pleasing to a wide variety of palates.

Beyond the taste of the flesh itself, halibut cheeks are a delicacy that would kill it as a feature in your restaurant. Cheeks are interesting enough to pique the interest of guests, and you can offer them something that is melt-in-your-mouth delicious and similar to a meaty scallop, in texture. Can you hear them bellowing “WTF — halibut has cheeks?” now?

Pairing Wine with Halibut

You might as well try to squeeze a bit more out of your margins, through your wine. Guests love nothing more than a good wine pairing with a fine meal, so boost your wine sales and pass some info onto your servers!

As a medium-textured fish, you want to look for a medium-bodied white wine with high aromatics or a full-bodied white aged in oak. Some excellent examples include:

  • Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Dry Chenin Blanc
  • Dry Riesling
  • Pinot Gris

Why Buy Fish in Season

We subscribe to the notion that buying seafood in season and at the right stage in the fish’s life cycle, you will see an incredible difference when it comes to your food in flavor and cost, and so will your guests.

Seasons are defined as when fish is more plentiful and healthy so that we can provide fish without overfishing our seas and disrupting the environment. Part of the benefits of shopping seasonally also includes getting the best possible price on whatever you’re buying; seafood included!

Be the guy that serves excellent fish, in its peak season. Be the guy that helps prevent overfishing. Be the chef we all need, and our oceans deserve. We are committed to sustainability in our sourcing, but we can’t do it without you, Chef.

Whether it’s offering Alaskan Halibut, Swordfish or Salmon, we will give you the best fish we can find, fresh from the boat! After all, “Boat Fresh” the Jet-Fresh philosophy.

If you need your food to be at its freshest, contact us today, and subscribe to our price list!

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