It’s the season for ghosts, goblins and ghouls — but did you know that October is also the time that we recognize the importance of sustainable seafood? This National Seafood Month, check out our FishWatch recipes to discover how you can turn spookily-named fish into your next delicious dish.
One glance at a monkfish is enough to cause a fright. These fish, also known as sea-devils, ambush their prey using a modified spine on their head as a fishing pole and bait to lure small fish. When the prey approaches, the monkfish takes a large gulp, which sucks the prey into its mouth and traps it behind rows of back-pointing teeth. Monkfish have a diet that includes small fish, crustaceans, mollusks, seabirds and even other monkfish! We’re certain they’d enjoy a monkfish panzanella salad.
Moonfish, or opah, are unusual-looking fish with bodies that are silver, round and flat. These mysterious fish reside in the deep ocean and weigh up to 100 pounds on average. Their rich and creamy flavor that is sure to make you howl.
In the mood for a sweet treat? Sugar kelp, also called Devil’s apron, is a yellowish-brown marine algae that resembles lasagna noodles. Sugar kelp is filled with fiber, vitamins and minerals. It has long been known as a sweetener and for having thickening and gelling qualities.
Rex sole, also known as witch sole, use their small mouths to snack on shrimp and worms. Though they look scary, with both eyes on the right side of their heads, these fish have a mild and sweet taste. Add sole sliders to your menu this spooky season.
Want to learn more about how you can make smart, sustainable seafood choices all year long? Visit FishWatch, the nation’s database to assist with making informed seafood choices by arming you with the facts about what makes U.S. seafood sustainable — from the ocean or farm to your plate.