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Great Eats: Atlantic Harpoon Swordfish Are Here

roasted swordfish on plateGreat Eats: This time of summer the  Atlantic Harpoon swordfish are in season so try this fabulous roasted swordfish recipe.  New England fishermen call it “harpoon” season.  The fisherman, or “strikers,” head out to the Western Atlantic Ocean in small fishing boats and actually hunt the ocean surface for the swordfish. When one is spotted near the surface the striker harpoons the big fish by hand.  A fish caught this way can range from 150 to 600 pounds.

Striker Fisherman Goes After a Swordfish

Each day the daily catch is brought in and sold to local markets, and the Swordfish steaks usually end up on someone’s plate in less than 24 hours, creating an incredible New England seafood experience for enlightened connoisseurs.
A striker goes after swordfish on a calm day

A striker goes after a swordfish

The practice of harpooning swordfish predates industrial scale fishing or “long line fishing” where thousands of baited hooks hang on floated lines that can be more than 30 miles long. The long-line hooks do not discriminate between the type and size of fish caught and experts say the practice in the past has depleted swordfish stocks in some places.  International laws are now in place now to limit the catch of the long lines, and these fishermen are closely monitored.
Harpoon swordfish hunters, or “strikers,” take their catch at a much slower, more selective rate.  The strikers only go after the large fish that are well past breeding age and avoid baby swordfish in the breeding grounds.  The fish are then delivered fresh daily to markets and restaurants in New England. The selective practice presents no threat to swordfish stocks.

Swordfish Season Begins in Summer

While swordfish are found worldwide they are only in season in New England during the summer when the water is warmer.   According to research, the big fish tend to congregate where ocean waters have sharp temperature breaks (above 58°F) and where strong ocean currents meet.  This creates a turbulent environment where there is abundant food.  Along with the strikers, sport fishermen also ply these waters with rod and tackle seeking the big Swordfish.
 
Whether broiled, baked, grilled or on a kabob, fresh from the ocean swordfish is a favorite of first-time seafood initiates as well as seafood connoisseurs. Swordfish has a meaty texture and mild flavor.  Swordfish also offers a low-fat, low-calorie healthy choice for all seafood lovers.  Fresh swordfish is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids and other vitamins and minerals that are good for the heart.
Atlantic Harpoon Swordfish, fresh off the dock, is among the most popular Boston and Cape Cod seafood treats. This time of summer, many downtown restaurants feature day-boat swordfish steaks. In fact, the delicious fish is almost as popular as a specialty steak in Boston steakhouses. 
 
The most popular fresh summer swordfish recipe  is also the simplest. Marinated and grilled.

Try This Delicious Swordfish Recipe

Here is a great recipe for a one-pound, 1 ½ -inch thick fresh swordfish steak.
 
Mix in a bowl:
  • a teaspoon of fresh chopped basil,
  •  ½ cup of olive oil,
  •  a small clove of chopped fresh garlic,
  •  fresh ground pepper to taste.
  •  If desired, a dash of fresh lime or lemon juice may be added.
Coat the steak and let marinate for one to two hours.  Cook on a medium-high grill for four minutes on each side, or until firm to the touch.  Only flip the steak once.  Do not overcook as the swordfish will get dry very quickly.  Remove from the grill and let stand for one minute before partitioning. Leave the skin on when grilling to help keep the fish moist but remove to partition and serve.
Today fresh Atlantic swordfish can be shipped overnight by a Cape Cod online seafood retailer anywhere in the United States.  This means anyone – from Florida to Kansas – can enjoy delicious swordfish that only 24 hours earlier were swimming in the clean, crisp ocean waters off Cape Cod.
Is it dinner time yet?
© Wayne Howe 2018

 

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July 4th Lobster Prices are Right

July 4th Happy Birthday America
With July temperatures warming up the Maine seacoast, lobsters are once again in their lively season making them easier to catch and the daily haul more plentiful, resulting in new low summer-season lobster prices.

That is because the more the lobster moves around in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean the more likely they are to stop by to investigate some fisherman’s lobster trap.  This also means it is more likely the lobster will also end up as the guest-of-honor in someone’s lobster pot.
And how cool is it that this good news of new low lobster prices comes right at the best time of year for outdoor entertaining.  Now backyard lobster chefs everywhere can all look like heroes without breaking the budget.

Lobsters are lethargic in colder water but as the summer sun warms up the coastal waters they begin to become more active.
This time of year the lobster are busy hunting for new food sources, looking for new homes to hide in and on the lookout to mate. A tasty free meal in a fisherman’s trap is often too hard for a busy lobster to resist. Lobster boat approached dock full of summer lobsterAll along the Maine and Massachusetts seacoast, locals and tourists are enjoying lobster dinners at low seasonal prices.  For lobster lovers who can’t get to Maine, don’t worry.  There are lobster services that will ship fresh, live lobster right off the boat direct to the consumer anywhere in the country.

Today seafood lovers can order fresh lobster, steamers, oysters, scallops, fish and all the best seafood New England has to offer and have it shipped overnight direct to their front door.  This month lobster prices are 15-to-20 percent less than just a month ago.

For many people, now is the time to take advantage of summer prices and plan that family lobster clambake.  Some folks even have lobster shipped to their favorite vacation destination.  Indeed, summer is the time to celebrate lobster as often as possible.
All the signs are in place for another record Maine lobster catch.

According to a report from the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR), more than 93 million pounds of lobster were caught in Maine waters during 2010. This giant catch represents an estimated increase of 12 million pounds of lobster from the previous 2009 record of 81 million pounds.
So here’s to another good season, and plenty of good eating.  July 4th and the lobster prices are low.

© Wayne Howe 2011

 

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Get the Dad Who Thinks He Already Has Everything Something Really Lively this Fathers Day

Send Dad A Father’s Day Lobster Dinner Gift

Maine Lobster Dinner for Father's Day

Looking for an uber cool gift for Dad this Father’s Day?  Whether sharing the day, or sending a gift from afar, what does a good son or daughter gets for a father who thinks he has everything?
Well, think lobster.  That’s what thousands of good children do!
Thanks to a Cape Cod lobster online service, Dad can now go over the top on his big day with a big box of live Maine lobster delivered right to his door.  Whether in California, Colorado or Kansas City, Dad can receive an entire lobster clambake packed up and complete with jumbo live lobster, homemade chowders and freshly harvested steamer clams.  There is even a cook pot available to make the gift complete
A fabulous Fathers Day Lobster Dinner  feast
There are several lobster online services that offer up all size live Maine lobster that only hours earlier were swimming in the cool, crisp clean waters off New England.  Right from the lobster boats, onto the dock and into the modern shipping facilities, the lobster are carefully inspected prior to travel.  Only select grade lobster and freshly harvested clams and oysters are chosen to make the trip.
You don’t have to go to Maine
“Each year we ship lobster clambakes to hundreds and hundreds of dads for Father’s Day.  Jumbo Maine lobster – five and six pounds – have been very popular in the last couple of years,” said Wayne Howe, marketing manager for Lobsters-Online.Com.  “We take great delight in the idea that perhaps somewhere in New Mexico, a Father may hear his door bell ring and there stands a delivery driver holding a specially prepared travel cooler full of  lobster that only hours earlier were swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. What a super surprise.”
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The New England Lobster Clambake is a tradition older than America itself. According to historical lore, the pilgrims first learned about the lobster from Native Americans. The pilgrims watched Native Americans gather lobster, clams, mussels and fish and prepare them on the beach.
The Fathers Day lobster dinner clambake features live lobster, Ipswich steamer clams, mussels and Cape Cod clam chowder along with an optional enamel steel cooking pot.  Jumbo five and six pound lobsters are a treat for Dads who really love their lobster.  The 1.5 pound lobster is a favorite for cooking on the grill.  Available fresh lobster tails make any party better. Recipes and information on how to steam lobster are free.
All live lobsters are shipped for overnight delivery.  The lobster and seafood are carefully placed in special insulated cartons.  Individual compartments protect the live lobster from harming one another during their flight. The cooler is packed with gel ice packs and wet seaweed. And best of all, an order placed online by 2:30 p.m. EST can be part of a feast anywhere in the USAthe very next day.  Saturday delivery is available in most areas.

© Wayne Howe 2018

 

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