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Maine Coast Monkfish Stew

a new recipe for fisheries stew-ardship

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a delicious way to support Maine fishermen and 

Fishermen Feeding Mainers 

The Tail of the Monkfish Stew
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MCFA started Fishermen Feeding Mainers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Maine fishermen who catch species like pollock, hake, and monkfish, lost the markets for their catch, and at the same time, food insecurity in Maine spiked. We saw an opportunity for a win-win and developed Fishermen Feeding Mainers to support local fishermen and the working waterfront while feeding our neighbors in need. 

Through Fishermen Feeding Mainers, we got feedback that not everyone who was receiving seafood donations was comfortable cooking the variety of seafood coming out of the Gulf of Maine. MCFA undertook a project to create an easy-to-store, cook, and eat seafood product to help more people in our communities eat local seafood.

 

Working with our friends at Hurricane's Premium Soups and Chowders, we created the Maine Coast Monkfish Stew.

 

From the first bite we knew we had something special.  Maine monkfish, potatoes, veggies, and spices all cooked together in a cream-based stew created an easy-to-eat meal that was rich, complex, and filling. We think you'll love it too and we want to share our Maine Coast Monkfish Stew with the rest of our community.

 

Eat local seafood while also supporting MCFA's Fishermen Feeding Mainers program. 

The Stew

The Stew features sustainably harvested monkfish caught by Maine fishermen that is cooked in a lobster stock with Maine grown potatoes, carrots, onions, and cream with a touch of spice to create a dynamic and complex flavor profile that everyone can enjoy. The Monkfish Stew is produced by Hurricane’s Premium Soups & Chowders located in Greene, Maine. All proceeds from the Stew benefit MCFA’s Fishermen Feeding Mainers program. The Stew comes in heat and serve, 16 oz pouches that can be easily heated in a pot of simmering water and served right out of the bag.

Gulf of Maine monkfish (also known as Goosefish) is a bottom dwelling angler fish that is classified as a smart seafood choice by Seafood Watch as it is sustainably managed and responsibly harvested under U.S. regulations. The tail meat is firm and dense and has a texture similar to lobster meat. In addition to being a good source of protein, monkfish is low in sodium and a good source of vitamins B6, B12, potassium, phosphorus, and selenium.

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