Seafood has been popular in American cuisine for as long as humans have inhabited the land. The rich ecosystem offered on America’s coasts and in the lakes and rivers that populate our nation has created a demand for fresh, delicious seafood dishes. Obviously, in the history of seafood consumption, some trends have emerged. The most popular seafood restaurant dishes likely utilizes one of the following proteins:

Shrimp

Shrimp is by-and-large the most popular dish available in  an American seafood restaurant. According to the USDA, shrimp accounts for around 27% of total seafood consumption, which is 11% more than the next most popular option. It’s no surprise that these delicious crustaceans are so popular. They are high in protein and iodine, and they can be prepared in a variety of ways. Stella’s Seafood Cafe offers tantalizing options such as crispy coconut shrimp, served with pineapple marmalade, and shrimp scampi with rich garlic butter sauce.

Salmon

Delicious, rich salmon is often served baked or grilled in American homes, but it has much more to offer the palate. Besides offering up an impressive serving of vitamin B-12, vitamin D, and Omega 3 fatty acids, it’s versatile taste allows it to be used in versatile applications. If you’ve ever visited a sushi restaurant, you may have eaten it raw and served on top of fluffy rice. Stella’s offers its own unique twist with their Stella’s Salmon Oscar, served with buttery mashed potatoes, crisp asparagus, and a lemon basil beurre blanc.

Tuna

While most Americans became familiar with tuna from the can, fresh applications are even more rich and delicious than you’ve ever had in your grade school lunchbox. Tuna can be grilled at home, but it’s a particular fish that prefers raw consumption. If home-grillers aren’t careful, they may be faced with a tough cut of fish. If you’re interested in trying fresh tuna, but don’t want to risk overcooking, Stella’s offers a delicious tuna nicoise, dressed with kalamata olives and a lemon vinaigrette.  

Tilapia

Tilapia has recently been faced with a bad reputation amongst rumors that it’s worse for you than some well-known junk foods. According to the University of Berkeley’s wellness department, it’s simply untrue. Tilapia has a delicious, mild flavor that makes it an easy introduction to the world of seafood. While it’s not as nutrient dense as other fish, it does offer a mere 2-3 grams of fat per serving and its light flavor allows it to be spiced to your preference. It’s particularly tasty blackened.

 

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