Are You Eating Enough Seafood?

A recent study shows that most Americans aren't eating enough seafood. Are you? Hitting the recommended amount is easy with these healthy recipes and tips.
fish tacos

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne

Do you have enough seafood in your life? Many people don't. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend eating two servings of seafood weekly, but a new study by the USDA shows that 80-90% of Americans -- most of us -- aren't hitting those numbers. Why? Many people are intimidated by fish, view it as "restaurant food" that's too difficult to make at home, think it's too expensive or  just don't know what to make. If you've been making these excuses, it's time to rethink fish. These tips and recipes will have you eating more seafood in no time.

Start with something you already love, and add fish. Everybody loves tacos. Don't fall back on beef for your next taco night, make fish tacos instead (above).

salmon baked in foil

Try a foolproof method that's also mess-free. Top salmon fillets with tomatoes, tomato, lemon, shallots and herbs and bake for 25 minutes; you just can't mess this recipe up.

shrimp scampi pasta

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FN_FN Kitchens Ribbony Shrimp and Pasta Scampi.tif

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Make a restaurant favorite -- shrimp scampi -- and add some veggies to make it extra filling.

breadless tuna sandwich

Food Network Kitchen's Cucumber Tuna Salad Sandwich For Bunless/Breadless Sandwiches As seen on Food Network

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Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

If cooking fish just isn't your thing, don't cook it. Stock up on canned tuna or salmon and get more fish into your diet in the easiest way possible: Eat a tuna sandwich, with bread or without a few times a week. Or add a can of tuna to marinara sauce and serve with spaghetti for an easy, ready-in-minutes meal.

20-minute salmon

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FN_FN Kitchens 20-Minute Hoisin Skillet Salmon.tif

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Not only is fish a healthy protein, it's a super-fast and easy-to-cook one at that. This Asian-inspired, all-in-one-pan salmon-with broccoli dish is ready in 20 minutes.

salmon with cabbage

Photo by: Justin Walker

Justin Walker

Stock your freezer: keep frozen shrimp and your favorite fillets on hand; you don't even need to thaw frozen fish in advance before cooking, so it's perfect for last-minute meal prep.

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