Fish of the Week – Post #7

By now you have heard us talk about sustainable seafood and why it is important to be mindful when choosing which seafood to eat and which options are best to avoid. Embracing the use of sustainable seafood is one of the best ways we can all contribute to our oceans’ health, and we have three easy ways you can be fish-friendly.

  1. Download the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch app on your smart phone – available at the Apple Store and Google Play.
  2. Be mindful and make smart choices about what seafood you eat and where you buy it. Several local grocery stores provide sustainable seafood options – H-E-B, Fiesta, Kroger and Whole Foods, just to name a few.
  3. If you are out enjoying a meal at your favorite restaurant, you can ask them if the seafood they serve is sustainable.

This can make a huge impact on our oceans and the animals living there! fish blog

The final recipe in our Fish of the Week series is Seafood Cioppino. 


A classic Italian dish: a great seafood stew with slices of French bread perfect for a date night with that special someone.


3 tbls Olive Oil
2 tsp Garlic, Minced
6 oz Chorizo Sausage, Raw
1 cup Leeks, Diced
1 cup Onions, Diced
½ cup Fennel, Diced
2 tbls Tomato Paste
2 cups Chicken Stock, Store Bought
2 cans Diced Canned Tomato
1 cup White Wine
1 tsp Fish Sauce
16 ea Mussels, Cleaned
8 oz Red Drum
1 lb Large Shrimp (Peeled and Deveined)
1 ea French Bread Loaf

Preparing the Stew:

Clean mussels and pull beards

Cut Red Drum into 1-inch cubes

In a deep pan, brown chorizo and remove from pan. Remove half the grease.

Add leek, onions, garlic and fennel to pot. Cook until tender or for 2 minutes.

Add tomato paste and cook until darkens to a deep brown, careful not to burn the paste.

Add white wine and reduce heat by half.

Add chicken stock and fish sauce. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer

Next, place cooked sausage and seafood into pot. Cook until mussels open.

Add parsley.

Serve into soup bowls and enjoy with a couple slices of French bread.

Servings: 4
Degree of Difficulty: Moderately difficult

We hope you have enjoyed our featured meals and learned how you can help protect our oceans and the animals who call it home. Thanks for doing your part to save wildlife. And remember, every time you visit the Houston Zoo, you help save animals in the wild!

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