2 easy & sustainable fish recipes, just for the halibut…

….and for the cod.

I’ve stayed away from halibut and cod for years fearing their demise in our Atlantic ocean, and also fearing improperly labeled “sustainable” options at the fish counter. (Yes, I’m a fish hugger.)

Pacific cod

I am Pacific cod! Eat me!

In 2009 I heard Loblaw’s grocery stores have partnered with the Marine Stewardship Council and WWF-Canada to launch their Sustainable Seafood Commitment. Last week I heard Loblaw’s are now selling MSC-certified fish at their fresh fish counters in the GTA – and across Canada in coming months!

When Loblaw’s invited me to watch a cooking lesson made with MSC-certified fresh halibut and fresh cod, I said YES!

What is MSC?

Marine Stewardship Council logo. Look for this on any fish product - from cat food to fresh fillets.

Marine Stewardship Council logo. Look for this on any fish product - from cat food to fresh fillets.

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is a global organization looking after our oceans by recognizing sustainable fisheries and seafood companies. They have a rigorous certification process involving scientists, conservation groups and the public to ensure consumers are making the right choice.

Look for the logo!

Look for the MSC logo at your fish counter, like this!

Look for the MSC logo at your fish counter, like this! I snapped this (with permission) at Loblaw's Empress in North York.

Recipe #1: Green Curry Cod
Oh I have missed cod. Look how big and luscious these meaty fillets are. I was surprised at their size, they could be mistaken for Atlantic cod any day:

Giant meaty Pacific cod fillets! MSC-certified so you could eat this whole tray and not feel bad.

Giant meaty Pacific cod fillets! MSC-certified so you could eat this whole tray and not feel bad.

Click below to see large chunks of Pacific cod simmering away in PC Thai Green Curry Cooking Sauce:

Tasty Green Curry Pacific Cod.

Tasty Green Curry Pacific Cod.

Method: Open Green Curry Sauce. Add to saucepan. Chop & add carrots, red peppers, green onions, Pacific cod pieces. Warm. Serve. Or, click here for the complete recipe. (note, the recipe uses halibut, but the cooking school used cod. You can mix it up.)

Recipe #2: Bruschetta Halibut with Easy Green Onion Couscous
Again with the enormous fillets of Pacific halibut:

Fabulous Pacific halibut

Fabulous Pacific halibut

This recipe looks fancy, but was so easy. Click anywhere below to watch the chefs plate this recipe for a crowd:

Bruschetta Halibut with Easy Green Onion Couscous

Bruschetta Pacific Halibut with Easy Green Onion Couscous

Recipe: Bake halibut 10 mins. Warm PC Tomato Basil Bruschetta Topping in oven. Boil water. Make couscous. Serve. Or, click here for the complete recipe.

Inspired? Here are 59 Canadian Living halibut recipes, and 48 Canadian Living cod recipes.

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