Why You Should Serve Fish for Thanksgiving Dinner?

Why You Should Serve Fish for Thanksgiving Dinner? - Fresh Catch Fish Co.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner (we can’t believe it either!), and you are probably starting to plan your menu or getting your travel plans in order. If you haven’t started shopping or bought a turkey yet, make this Thanksgiving the year you shake things up a bit. Instead of serving turkey, how about you make fish the main course?

To help you decide, we’re sharing our favorite reasons why you should have fish for Thanksgiving and even including a great recipe that all your guests will adore!

 

Serving Fish at Thanksgiving is a Tradition

If you bring up having fish or seafood for Thanksgiving dinner, you may be faced with some shock and push-back. After all, what about tradition? That’s because when you think of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, you’re probably picturing roast turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie.

While that’s delicious and has been a fixture on tables for decades or longer, the first Thanksgiving didn’t have turkey, potatoes, stuffing, or pie of any kind. Instead, there were turnips, cabbage, squash, the gift of five deer from the Wampanoag people, and…fish or shellfish, including clams and lobster. So, fish is one of the most traditional items that could grace your Thanksgiving table!

 

Fish Is Easier to Cook

Cooking a turkey is not a small task that requires a week of planning and action. First, you have to time when to thaw a 25-pound bird so that it’s thawed by the day before Thanksgiving. Then, you have to figure out when to put the turkey in the oven so it will be cooked but not dry. Should you start at a high heat and bring it down, or should you cook slowly overnight?

Baking or grilling fish is much more straightforward! Fish thaws quickly if it’s frozen (you can buy fresh fish at Fresh Catch Fish Co) and can be prepared and baked or grilled in an hour or less, depending on the recipe and how many people you’re serving.  

 

Fish Is a Healthier Option than Turkey

Skinless turkey breast is a lean white meat that’s a great source of protein, and while it’s healthy, many people find it a bit bland or dry. However, roasting it with the skin, stuffing it with seasoned bread, and covering it with gravy may taste good,  but the high levels of sodium, saturated fats, and cholesterol can be dangerously unhealthy. 

If you have people at your Thanksgiving dinner on a restricted or limited diet, serving fish is a way to create a delicious meal that is a lighter, more heart-healthy option. Many types of fish, including salmon and cod, are loaded with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and a wide variety of vitamins and minerals.

A bonus – many of the side dishes that complement fish – roasted potatoes, grilled veggies, and light sauces, are much better for your health than the sweet potatoes, cornbread dressing, and mashed potatoes that accompany turkey while still being delicious.

 

Visit Fresh Catch Fish Co. Before or After Thanksgiving!

We want your Thanksgiving holiday to be a success, no matter what you serve! If you have family visiting the Southwest Florida area over the holiday weekend, bring them to our local store in Punta Gorda for a fresh catch fish right for your next dinner.

 

A Fish Recipe Good Enough for Thanksgiving

If you want a fish recipe that will make a grand presentation at your holiday feast, we love this surprisingly simple, flavorful option from Martha Stewart!

 

You can pre-order a whole salmon for your Thanksgiving dinner.
Order today till 11.20.22

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