The West's best seafood

Our guide to healthy, sustainable choices from the West's amazing bounty

Canned fish basics

Why buy canned, what to look for, and easy serving suggestions

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Country of origin Where the seafood was caught or harvested. The United States is the best choice.

Method of catch With tuna, look for troll- or pole-caught. All wild salmon–catching methods are considered acceptable and usually aren’t listed.

Dolphin- and turtle-safe Catch methods cause minimal harm to other sea animals. Long lines (which can snag other creatures) are not used.

The gold star for seafood  The Marine Stewardship Council logo signifies the best (and traceable-to-the-source) choice for wild-caught fish. This international sustainable seafood organization has certified only 52 fisheries.


Wasabi crisps Toss tuna with a vinaigrette; put on a rice cracker and dollop with store-bought wasabi mayo.

Last-minute pasta Mix tuna with pasta, fresh peas, and a little cream; sprinkle with mint or dill.

Salmon chowder Simmer diced potato, corn, red pepper, and zucchini in milk with salt until tender; add salmon and basil.

Chile-salmon tacos Heat salmon with sliced fresh chiles and tomatoes, then put in tortillas with taco toppings.

Asian-style Niçoise salad Arrange chunks of salmon, boiled potatoes, hard-cooked eggs, green beans, and watercress. Dress with a vinaigrette of rice vinegar, soy sauce, and toasted sesame oil.  

More:  Buyer's guide to sustainable, fresh fish


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