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Cajun Shrimp & Crawfish Etouffee

asian-1239316_1920While it may not be easy to head over to Louisiana for dinner, we’re showing you how you can bring Cajun cooking home. This Cajun shrimp and crawfish etouffee is as close as you can get to Louisiana’s southern cuisine while staying in Florida! Let Lombardi’s Seafood Market guide you step by step as you prepare this recipe with the Orlando seafood you’ve purchased.

Before you start preparing this delicious, authentic, heck of a Cajun meal, you’re going to need to do some shopping. The list is long, but you’ll likely have many of these items already in your fridge.

Ingredients:

  • ⅓  cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons Louisiana hot sauce
  • 1/3 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons seafood seasoning
  • 1 cup fish stock
  • 1 lb crawfish tails
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, deveined and peeled

Steps:

 

  • Chop up your veggies, including the green bell pepper, onion, celery, tomatoes, and mince your garlic. Set this to the side.
  • Grab a heavy skillet and add your oil, heating it over medium heat.
  • Slowly add your flour, stirring constantly, until it turns a dark brown, similar to the color of peanut butter. This is your roux, an essential part of the dish, which should take anywhere from 15-20 minutes to prepare. Make sure not to burn it.
  • Next, add your chopped onion, garlic, celery and bell pepper until it softens, about five minutes. Then add your tomatoes, fish stock, and seafood seasoning. Bring the heat to low and keep the mix simmering over the next 20 minutes, stirring on occasion.
  • Add your cayenne pepper (optional), black pepper, and the seafood.
  • Cook everything for 10 more minutes, or until your shrimp turns that pink color we all know and love.

 

Bon Appétit! That’s all it takes to serve an exquisite, authentic Cajun meal to your family and friends. All you need is some time, a few simple ingredients, fresh Orlando seafood, and a little help from Lombardi’s Seafood Market! We’re always here if you need us, seven days a week! Visit our location on West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park, or give us a call at 407-628-3474 if you have any questions.


5 Reasons to Choose Lombardi’s for Wholesale Seafood

IMG_7225Whether you’re in charge of a hotel, a restaurant, or a catering company, Lombardi’s Seafood Market has got you covered. Seafood at your event signals to your guests that you value their patronage. We are able to provide the best seafood in Orlando, hands down, because we’ve been doing it for decades, and we make the process simple: you order what you need from us, and we’ll have it ready in no time! Here are the top five reasons to choose us as your seafood wholesaler:

  • Quality: Just as we do for our retail customers, we can provide you with only the highest quality fish and seafood sourced from around the world. Whether you need a whole lobster or just the lobster tail, you can be assured that we’re providing you with the best there is to be had. We pride ourselves in providing fresh seafood and fish, every single day.
  • Value: We provide the best value in town, doing our best to meet any budget, ensuring your guests remember how great the food was. Use our helpful product guide to come up with a list of foods that makes sense for you, and call us up to make an order. Our sales representatives will be glad to help take your event to the next level.
  • Proximity: We service Central Florida, helping you prepare for an event with the freshest products by timing deliveries as close as possible to when they’re ready to be cooked. This makes for excellent food that your guests will love.
  • Expertise: Our family and employees have decades of practice selecting and preparing fish and seafood, making sure we only grab the best from our fishmongers. You won’t be disappointed by the quality we provide, guaranteed!
  • Capacity: Lombardi’s is prepared to fulfill orders both big and small. Large capacities are not an issue for us, nor are small events too small for us to help out. When placing your order, simply have an idea of how many guests you expect, and we can aid you in deciding an appropriate quantity to order.

Lombardi’s Seafood Market is the right choice for ordering seafood in Orlando at wholesale quantities and prices because we make the process simple, easy, and always provide the best quality. Make sure you check out our online product guide, and visit us on West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park. If you have any questions or are ready to place an order, call us at 407-628-3474 any day of the week!

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What Diet are You Following? Seafood Works for Them All!

prawn-1239427_1920Before anyone makes a commitment to better their health through a specific diet, the most important thing they consider is: what will I be able to eat? It’s crucial to know what you’re signing yourself up for because much of what we do on a daily basis is centered on what we’re eating, so much so that we divide our day by the meal we’re having, whether breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. Lombardi’s Seafood Market is here to tell you that you don’t have to worry if you focus on eating Orlando seafood since it fits into practically all diets!

  • Low Carb & Low Fat: For those focusing on a low-carb diet, fish is an ideal option as it has no carbohydrates at all. It is practically all protein and some healthy fats. Speaking of fats, a low-fat diet can certainly include plenty of fish and seafood. Although fish primarily contains healthy omega-3 fatty acids as its fat component, if you’re looking to maintain the lowest fat intake possible, eat these fish: orange roughy, tuna, pollock, mahi-mahi, cod, hake, haddock, sole, and flounder.
  • Gluten-Free: Whether you choose to follow a gluten-free diet because you believe it to be a healthy option or because you suffer from Celiac disease, fish and seafood can certainly be a part of your daily intake. Shrimp, other seafood, or the aforementioned fish make great options to choose from. Pay close attention to any marinades or seasonings added to your seafood, and stay away from imitation crab.
  • Mediterranean: The Mediterranean diet specifies very little red meat, and instead, suggests the consumption of seafood, fruits, and nuts. In fact, seafood is the largest category in the Mediterranean food pyramid, second only to fruits, vegetables, and grains. Fish full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids will play a crucial part in lowering your cholesterol, which is the purpose of this diet.

There you have it! Fish and seafood pair well, if not perfectly, with all of these diets and many more, like paleo or pescatarian! If you’re looking to take charge of what you eat every day, make the right choice: source your seafood from Lombardi’s Seafood Market, where Orlando seafood is our specialty. We’re located on West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park, so come take a look at our fresh and healthy seafood today.


Blackened Lionfish with Potato Salad

Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 11.53.14 AMAre you roaring to try this lionfish recipe? Champing at the bit to try out the best fish in Orlando? Well, we’ve got you covered. This simple to make dish pairs the tasty white meat of the fish with a creamy potato salad that is both healthy and filling! Let Lombardi’s show you how to have this for your family tonight.

You’re going to need a grill or a grill pan to cook the fish.

Ingredients For Fish:

  • 4 lionfish fillets
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 tablespoons of butter

Ingredients for Potato Salad:

  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • 2 russet potatoes, cooked
  • 1/8 onion
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • 2 tbsp sweet relish
  • 2 tsp deli mustard
  • 2 tsp distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried dill weed
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • kosher salt

Steps:

 

  • Combine your dry ingredients: the garlic salt, oregano, paprika, cayenne pepper, and black pepper in a bowl, and set it to the side.
  • Preheat your grill or grill pan.
  • Cut two 10” x 10” aluminum foil sheets, and place them on the grill.
  • Coat your fillets with the dry ingredient spice mix and add cubed butter on top. Place two fillets on each sheet of aluminum foil, and cover them tightly.
  • Cook for about six minutes, until the fish is tender and flakey.
  • For your potato salad, combine the diced celery, chopped eggs, diced potatoes, and diced onions in a large bowl.
  • Mix the mayo, sweet relish, mustard, vinegar, dill weed, black pepper, lemon juice, and salt to taste.
  • Combine and toss with the potato bowl.
  • Serve as desired!

 

Did you see how easy that was? All it takes is dicing up a few common ingredients, and you’ll have dinner prepared in no time! The source of your ingredients is important because the quality of what you buy will determine how tasty and nutritious your meal is going to be. For the best fish in Orlando, look to Lombardi’s Seafood Market. We’re on West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park and are ready to help you make the best of your meal tonight.

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The Link Between Eye Health & Seafood Consumption

eye-test-1313976_1280As we age, taking care of our bodies becomes even more vital because we want to do as much as we can to prevent any ailments that may come our way. A crucial part of our daily functioning is our eyesight, which can suffer from years of malnutrition. A couple of the greatest threats to our vision are cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), both of which can be improved with the help of a healthy diet, incorporating Orlando seafood.

Cataracts manifest themselves as blurry and cloudy spots in our eye’s lens, making it very difficult to see. With modern surgical procedures, many cataracts can be removed. AMD, on the other hand, means fundamental damage to the retinas, the back of the eye where light is converted into nerve signals which our brain interprets as sight. AMD affects at least 25 million people throughout the world and cannot be corrected.

The Role of Seafood

Seafood, particularly fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and tuna, contain fat molecules that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Studies have shown that oil vitamin supplements are not as good as the real thing. These acids are essential in maintaining healthy eyes, with two being the major players, DHA and EPA. EPA helps the body create DHA, which is a major component of the retina.

Maintaining healthy levels of DHA in the body can prevent dry eye syndrome, AMD, diabetic retinopathy, and retinopathy of prematurity, which can impact us later in life. DHA is also of benefit when we are young, especially as children, when eye development is of extreme importance.

What To Do

If you want to give your body the best chance it has to prevent these disease, you need to implement a healthy diet right away. Here’s what to do:

  • Eat seafood rich in omega-3s, like salmon and tuna.
  • Consume foods rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, such as spinach and broccoli.
  • Eat foods with antioxidants, like blackberries

A healthy body starts with a healthy diet, so make sure you’re getting the Orlando seafood your body needs to stay in good shape. If you could actively prevent these diseases from affecting you in the future, why wouldn’t you? Stop by Lombardi’s Seafood Market and invest in your future, today.


Maple Glazed Salmon

If you are looking for a recipe to delight anyone’s taste buds, Lombardi’s Seafood offers you this yummy Maple-Glazed Salmon recipe for an easy, yet satisfying meal. For the best seafood in Orlando, including salmon for this recipe, stop by Lombardi’s today!

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If this is a recipe sounds like it would be perfect for your dinner tonight, be sure to get the freshest salmon at Lombardi’s, who has the best seafood in Orlando.


Recent Research Again Supports the Importance of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

fish-926108_1920Omega-3 fatty acids have long been corroborated to be an integral part of a healthy diet, but now there is further evidence of the benefits they provide. According to a new paper funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal, eating seafood and fish regularly can help lower the risks of dying from a heart attack. Work on improving your health by stopping in Lombardi’s today and grabbing the best seafood in Orlando.

Some of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids come from fatty fish, such as salmon, trout, tuna, and sardines, which we carry on a daily basis. You’ll also be able to consume omega-3s from plant-based sources, so called alpha-linolenic acids, like walnuts, flaxseed, and canola oil, but the more concentrated sources are those of the fish.

The researchers studied the levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood or tissue of 45,000 people, as well as their diet and health history to determine a correlation. Out of the 45,000 people they studied, 8,000 had their first heart attack, 2,781 of them dying. The ones that practiced healthy eating diets did not have a lower rate of non-fatal heart attacks, but the rate of fatal heart attacks was indeed lower. Their findings were remarkable: those who consumed omega-3s from plants and seafood a few times a week had a 10 percent lower risk of fatal heart attacks. That means that your chances of suffering a fatal heart attack are lessened if your diet is rich in seafood.

This study has provided the most comprehensive picture of how omega-3 fatty acids can affect the body and influence heart disease, which could potentially lead to new best practices. At the very least, the researchers do recommend consumption of omega-3 rich foods, as the evidence for their benefit is conclusive.

Consuming a seafood-rich diet is not only delicious, but it’s the smart choice. The health benefits of seafood have long been known in the seafood community, but it is great to see empirical, scientific evidence supporting our claims. In order to easily consume seafood several times a week, come to Lombardi’s Seafood Market, and let us help you choose the best seafood in Orlando today. We’re located on West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park!


Now’s the Time to Try Seafood Gumbo

oyster-1522835_1920Louisiana’s southern cuisine has got some rich classics: jambalaya, po’boys, and the muffuletta, but the dish we want to talk about today is gumbo. Fun to say, but more fun to eat, a seafood gumbo is a thick combination of delicacies from the water. Shrimp, crab, oysters? Yes, yes, yes. And you can get it all at the Orlando seafood hotspot, Lombardi’s Seafood Market.

This meal is going to take about 40 minutes to cook, and 30 minutes to prepare, but it is worth every minute. The first thing to do is make the roux, a simple mix of oil and flour that helps thicken our dish.

Ingredients for the Roux:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil

Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a black iron skillet, reaching 300 degrees. Once it’s there, use a whisk to slowly add flour until the color becomes a deep beige/light brown. At that point, continue to cook until it browns further, stirring constantly to prevent it from burning. Set it aside.

Ingredients for the Gumbo:

  • 3 quarts of seafood stock
  • 1 pound of peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1 pound of lump crabmeat
  • 2 dozen shucked oysters
  • 1 pound crab claw meat
  • 2 cups of chopped onion
  • 1 cup of chopped celery
  • 1 cup of chopped green peppers
  • 1 cup of chopped green onions
  • ½ cup of chopped parsley
  • salt
  • cayenne pepper
  • pepper
  • 2 cups of steamed rice
  • file powder

Grab the roux, and begin heating it. Grab all of your chopped veggies, except the green onions, and season them with 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and 2 teaspoons of salt, cooking them for 5 minutes until wilted. Add the stock and the claw meat, bringing to a boil, and then simmer for 30 minutes. Proceed to add your shrimp, oysters, green onions, parsley, and cook for 5 minutes. Then add the lump crabmeat, and season to taste. Add some file powder if you’d like to thicken the gumbo, then serve over the rice.

We know it looks complicated, but it only takes a little bit of time and patience to bring southern food into your home. It all starts by picking up some Orlando seafood from Lombardi’s Seafood Market. We’re on West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park, so come on by.


Surprising Facts About Caviar

Some of the best seafood in Orlando is caviar! Learn some things about caviar that just might surprise you! Then, stop by Lombardi’s to pick up some delicious caviar to have tonight.

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So, are there any things about caviar that surprise you? If you are now in the mood for caviar, stop by Lombardi’s and get some! We have the best seafood in Orlando, so stop on by.


The Mediterranean Diet & Seafood: A Match Made in Heaven

olive-oil-968657_1920Mediterranean culture has long been lauded for their ridiculously healthy, yet wonderfully delicious, diet, and rightfully so. As science advances, more insights are gained into what makes this particular culture’s nutritional foundation so good. At its core, it comes down to their primary source of protein: seafood. Our job at Lombardi’s Seafood Market is to show you how to take the best seafood Orlando has to offer and learn how it can benefit you, every day.

The Mediterranean climate allows many fruits and vegetables to thrive, with olives being particularly abundant. This plentitude of olive trees led to ardent consumption of olive oil, whether as a cooking medium or simply an accompanying garnish. Olive oil is comprised primarily of unsaturated fat, which is the healthier fat because it runs more freely through your arteries, helping keep them clear of clogs that saturated fats are responsible for.

Where their cuisine really shines is the extent to which they focus on simple ingredients to concoct memorable dishes. One of the ingredients they use so often is shrimp, the humble crustacean we all know and love. We like to prepare an easy, tasty, and healthy salad using just a few ingredients.

Pick up some fresh peeled, washed, and deveined shrimp. Take some skewers and thread them, 3 per skewer, and place them to the side. In a bowl, stir in ¼ cup of lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, pepper, 2 tablespoons of snipped parsley, and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Brush this mix over your shrimp, and let them soak it up for 30 minutes. Turn the grill to medium heat, and cook the shrimp for about 5 to 8 minutes, flipping them once during this time. Prepare a simple salad consisting of tomatoes, olives, red onions, and parsley, along with some toasted bread cubes or croutons. Drizzle with vinegar and olive oil, then add your shrimp and enjoy.

There’s no need to fly across the pond to get your Mediterranean fix; you’ve done it right at home! It’s really that easy to incorporate the best seafood Orlando into your diet; simply visit Lombardi’s Seafood Market, and follow our steps. We’re located on West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park and are excitedly awaiting your visit.


90% of Consumers Know the Health Benefits of Seafood

seafood-1081974_1920A recent study conducted by Cargill Animal Nutrition has discovered that nine out of every 10 individuals surveyed understand that incorporating seafood into their diets can bring about great health benefits. This is an outstanding number for seafood in Orlando market, Lombardi’s, because it means that our message is working! Seafood and healthy practices, like consistent physical activity, make a winning combination. Let’s talk about why more people need to get with the program.

Fast Facts

  • 75% of the participants surveyed stated that fish or seafood was a part of their household’s diet.
  • 82% of those surveyed believe fish oil supplements are beneficial.
  • 33% said that at least one person in their household takes fish oil supplements.

These facts are notable because they reassure us that every day, more and more individuals are recognizing the benefits that seafood can have on their lives. By analyzing the data, you can conclude that if nine out of 10 people understand seafood is good for them, but only seven out of 10 actually incorporate it into their diet. That means there is a slight disconnect because 30% of individuals simply are not making the switch to eating seafood on a regular basis. Why is that?

It likely has to do with the misconception that seafood is complicated to source and to prepare. It’s partly true; delicious, fresh seafood takes a lot of work on the part of the fishmongers to ensure it is still viable by the time it gets to the market, but from that moment on, the consumer has to do very little work. As far as preparation, it couldn’t get any easier. Lombardi’s prides itself on the fact that its chefs are experts of the trade and have crafted simple, yet flavorful recipes for you to take advantage of. We’ve said it in the past and we’ll say it again, don’t be afraid of seafood!
As the trend grows, more and more individuals are learning about what makes seafood and fish so special. We’re quite lucky that seafood in Orlando is so easily accessible from markets just like Lombardi’s Seafood Market. We’re proud to know that organizations like Cargill Aqua Nutrition have validated what we’ve always known about the benefits of seafood. If you are interested in including more of it in your life, stop by our location on West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park, and grab something for dinner tonight.


Grilled Salmon with Lemon & Herbs

Lombardi’s Seafood shares this super easy recipe using one of the healthiest seafood out there: salmon! For the best seafood in Orlando, including salmon for this recipe, stop by Lombardi’s today.

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For even more recipe ideas, please browse the rest of our blogs. We have recipes ranging from super easy for those hectic works night to indulgent ones made to impress your guests. Be sure to get the freshest seafood for these recipes at Lombardi’s, who has the best seafood in Orlando.


Masterful Shrimp & Coconut Milk Adobo

asian-1238673_1920Have you been looking for a new way to prepare an old favorite? Today’s recipe takes us all the way to the Philippines for this Asian-inspired shrimp meal that is going to be a guaranteed hit. We’re going to bring the best seafood in Orlando, coupled with Asian staples, i.e. coconut milk and fish sauce, to give a traditional Filipino recipe a new look. Let Lombardi’s Seafood Market show you a new way to cook up some shrimp.

First things first, let’s talk about what you’ll need. We tend to serve this dish with steamed rice, so be sure to have some made by the time the shrimp is ready. The ingredients are very simple, all found at any large grocery store. You might have trouble finding the fish sauce, but that’s easily replaceable with salt. The main ingredient, the pound of shrimp, is, of course, available at Lombardi’s.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup of water
  • ½ cup of vinegar
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon ground peppercorn
  • Fish sauce or salt, to taste
  • 2 cans of coconut milk
  • 1 pound of shrimp

Steps:

 

  • Grab a medium size pot and add your water, vinegar, garlic, pepper, and fish sauce (or salt). Once mixed, add in your shrimp, which can be deveined and without the shell, but we prefer the shell for the enhanced flavor.
  • Let this rest covered for about an hour, without heat, so that the flavors can infuse into the shrimp.
  • Turn on the heat to medium and cook the shrimp until you’ve reduced the water mixture by half. Stir frequently and keep the lid off so the vapor can escape.
  • Add your cans of coconut milk. You may use low-fat coconut milk if desired.
  • Allow the sauce to thicken for about 20-30 minutes.
  • Add more fish sauce (or salt) and pepper if needed.
  • Serve with steamed rice.

 

There you have it! A creamy and savory dish that pulls from its Filipino roots to deliver a delicious spin on a classic seafood. It’s one of our favorite meals to make with the best seafood in Orlando, sourced solely from Lombardi’s Seafood Market. Eat in tonight! Stop by our location on West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park, and get everything you need to make this meal for your family or friends.


Caviar: They Are so Darn Healthy!

fish-1190064_1920Caviar is a decadent treat that packs a mean punch of protein and healthy fats in a small package. Sourced from Beluga, Stertlet, Ossetra, and Sevruga sturgeon, these small, black round eggs are highly nutritional and worth consuming often. Lombardi’s Seafood Market brings the seafood Orlando wants, as fresh as possible, to satisfy the taste buds of the entire city. Let’s see why caviar is always a priority for us!

Just a small portion, the size of a tablespoon, has the entire recommended daily amount of omega-3 fatty acids your body needs to maintain a healthy heart. These highly unsaturated fatty acids have been shown to help reduce blood clots in the arteries and thus prevent hardening of these important vessels, which makes heart attacks and strokes a lesser possibility.

Over half of the recommended daily value for Vitamin B12 can be found in this same spoonful of caviar. It’s a vital vitamin that helps your body make red blood cells and process fatty acids. Given that it is water soluble, this vitamin leaves your body quite quickly and therefore must be consumed daily to maintain appropriate levels in the blood.

Another important trace mineral is selenium, which is an antioxidant that, coupled with Vitamin E, helps protect your cells from damage due to compounds in the body. This fights against cancer and heart disease by boosting the immune system and promoting cell growth.

The only downside to caviar is the amount of dietary cholesterol it has, which should be kept at a minimum according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A tablespoon contains close to a third of the dietary cholesterol your body needs in a day. Therefore, it is to be consumed in moderation.

As you can see, the benefits of such a delicious spread are quite numerous, you simply have to watch how much of it you eat. Come by Lombardi’s Seafood Market to get the seafood Orlando’s premiere market has to offer. Our knowledgeable staff can answer any caviar questions you may have, so bring it on!


Alzheimer’s & Fish: Why Supplements Just Aren’t the Same

salmon-522483_1920Alzheimer’s Disease is a devastating degenerative disease identified by progressive memory loss and brain deterioration affecting a large percentage of the elderly population and their families. A research team from Rush Medical School, led by Dr. Martha Clare Morris, has proven the benefits that consuming Orlando seafood can have as we age and how eating fresh seafood is different from taking supplements. Lombardi’s Seafood Market wants to show you why implementing a seafood diet is the best thing you could do for yourself.

Dr. Morris’s research began by taking a look at data harvested through the Memory and Aging Project (MAP), which collected information from elderly patients living in Chicago’s retirement communities from 2004 to 2013. The data collected included dietary information for each individual plus an analysis of the brain post-mortem in search of signs of degeneration.

Evidence

After thorough analysis, the team discovered a correlation between those individuals whose diet included fish or other seafood consumption at least once per week. Those who consumed more seafood had fewer plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, both of which are possible signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore, those with a genetic variation (APOE), making them more susceptible to developing Alzheimer’s, were also benefiting from the seafood diet.

The team concluded that taking vitamin supplements, such as fish oil or omega-3 fatty acids instead of consuming seafood, was not as good of an option and did not achieve the same results because supplement-takers were not consistent in their consumption. Their suggestion for receiving the benefits that were witnessed in the study is to consume more than two seafood meals per week.

Alzheimer’s Disease can affect so many of us that it would be reckless to not do our best to curb its chances of taking over our lives. By consuming Orlando seafood, we not only improve our diet but also our mind. Let Lombardi’s be the place where you go to get the fresh nutrients your brain needs to be its best self.


Crab Legs with Garlic Butter Sauce

Here is a great recipe to try using snow crab. Be sure to grab the crab for this recipe from Lombardi’s, who has the best seafood in Orlando!

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For even more recipes, please browse the rest of our website. There are a ton of different ways to prepare all the best seafood in Orlando that we have to offer.


Grilled Salmon Fillet with Cucumber Dill Sauce Recipe

salmon-1312372_1920It’s pink and globally recognized as delicious. We’re talking about salmon today. We’re going to show you how to easily prepare it on the grill and pair it with a savory cucumber dill sauce that complements the fish extremely well. You’ll soon be thanking Lombardi’s for providing you the best seafood in Orlando because of this recipe alone.

This recipe makes four, four-ounce portions of fish. If you’re so inclined, you can easily double it for more guests or for those with a bit larger appetites. Either way, it’s quite simple to make. The following are the ingredients you’ll use for your grilled salmon and the ones you’ll use for the cucumber dill sauce.

Ingredients for Fish:

  • 1 pound fresh salmon
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper, ground

Ingredients for Sauce:

  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup olive oil mayonnaise
  • ½ English cucumber, diced
  • ¼ cup blue cheese dressing (optional)
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Kosher salt

Steps:

 

  • Prepare your sauce by simply combining all ingredients together in a bowl. You may omit the blue cheese dressing if you’d like. Refrigerate the sauce until you are ready to use it.
  • Set the grill to high heat.
  • Rinse the salmon, and pat it dry to remove any moisture. Ensure there are no bones in your fish by picking them out prior to cooking.
  • Coat the meat side of the fish with some olive oil, and then, add as much salt and black pepper as your heart desires.
  • Cook the fish meat side down for three to four minutes, then flip it and cook for another two to three minutes.
  • Plate the fish as desired, with or without the skin, and serve alongside with a lemon and the cucumber dill sauce you just prepared.

 

This salmon recipe is one of the best you could venture into making because of the wonderful balance the sauce brings to the fish. We highly recommend it as one of the best seafood in Orlando recipes we’ve tried ourselves. As always, when you think of fresh seafood, think of Lombardi’s Seafood Market, conveniently located on West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park. Come by today.


Why Seafood is the Ultimate Brain Food

brain-951845_1920Seafood has long been claimed to be good for your brain and overall health, but these claims have been made largely on anecdotal evidence. Now we can present you with conclusions derived from a group of scientists that back up the things seafood lovers have known to be true for decades. After reading this, the only natural reaction is to head over to Lombardi’s, your local source for fantastic seafood in Orlando.

  • Goal of the Study: The researchers of this particular study wanted to determine if fish consumption had any effect on the structural integrity of the brain in normal elders. They went about this by analyzing questionnaire responses and MRIs from 260 cognitively-normal adults provided by the National Cancer Institute in 1990. The data was analyzed in 2012 with the use of several regression analyses which took into account several covariates, or other factors, including age, gender, education, exercise, among others.
  • What They Found: The patients who consumed baked or broiled fish on a weekly basis saw positive associations with gray matter volumes in several areas of the brain, including the hippocampus, precuneus, posterior cingulate, and orbital front cortex.
  • Conclusion: Those who regularly included fish in their diets had larger amounts of gray matter, which suggests that fish play a significant influence on their brains.

What does this mean for you? That you should start including fish and seafood in Orlando as part of your diet, along with other healthy lifestyle choices, in order to improve your chances of better brain health later on in life. As always, remember that Lombardi’s Seafood Market is the place to go for the best seafood around. We’re on West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park for your convenience, so come check out what we have available today.


3 Ways You Can Prepare Crab Legs

scrabWhen it comes to seafood, crab legs are highly desired by our customers, but also some of the most daunting. We’re here to tell you that cooking crab legs is actually quite simple, especially if you purchase frozen crab legs, which are pre-cooked. Either way, getting this delicious Orlando seafood into your diet is much easier than you might have thought.

Boiling

 

  • Thawing – If you have frozen crab legs, you can place them in the fridge overnight to thaw slowly. If you do not have the time, run them under cold water for a few minutes.
  • Pot It – Add water and seasonings to a pot, and boil it on medium-high to high heat. Your seasonings can consist of salt, garlic powder, and dill.
  • Add the Crab – Bring the heat to medium and add the legs. They should take three to six minutes to cook.
  • Serve – Remove the warm crab legs and serve them immediately with melted butter optionally.

 

Steaming

 

  • Thawing – Thaw slowly overnight in the fridge or use fresh crab.
  • Pot It – Using a special steaming pot, fill the bottom portion with water (about two cups), and set it to boil, along with one tablespoon of salt.
  • Steam It – Place your crab on the steaming rack, and cover them for about six minutes of cooking time.
  • Serve – Serve them warm with some melted butter on the side, if desired.

 

Baked

 

  • Thawing – Thaw the legs overnight in the fridge, run them over cold water for a few minutes, or use fresh crab legs and skip the thawing process entirely.
  • Set the Oven – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and place a pan filled with 1/8th of an inch of water. Using hot or warm water is ideal.
  • Add Crab – Place the legs in a single layer into the pan and cover with aluminum foil
  • Bake – Bake for 7 – 10 minutes, turning them once over at the halfway point for more even cooking.
  • Serve – Use melted butter and salt, if desired, and serve immediately.

 

Cooking up some delicious Orlando seafood is as simple as that! You don’t need specialized equipment or a lot of time and skill. Just follow our easy instructions, and you’ll have tasty crab legs in a matter of minutes. Lombardi’s Seafood Market is here for all of your seafood needs, so stop by today at our location on West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park, and get your seafood fix today!


Red Snapper with Cilantro, Garlic, & Lime

If you are looking for ways to prepare red snapper, Lombardi’s, who has the best Orlando seafood, has a great recipe that is infused with the delightful tastes of cilantro, garlic, and lime.

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Be sure to stop by Orlando’s seafood market, Lombardi’s, for the freshest selection of red snapper and just about any type of seafood you might be craving. For even more recipes, please browse our seafood blog.


Do You Know the Proper Way to Grill Fish?

fish-139162_1920Grilling fish is simple. But it is also very simple to do it wrong. Let’s tackle some common mistakes people make when grilling fish and discuss best practices. We want you to enjoy the seafood Orlando has to offer at its fullest, not regretting your purchase. Let’s venture into the proper techniques for grilling fish.

  • Clean your grill: Having a dirty grill and grimy grill grates makes for an unpleasant experience, to put it mildly. Fish sticks and subsequently breaks apart when your grill is dirty. Use the appropriate tools to de-grease your grill and remove any debris before cooking.
  • Don’t flip too early: You have got to let the fish cook the necessary amount of time prior to flipping it, as doing so too early will likely mean that the fish will stick to the grill and break.
  • Don’t remove the skin: Keeping the skin on can help structurally; it will help the fish remain in one piece and not break apart. Some fish skin is also quite tasty when cooked through, so it would be wise to keep it as well.
  • Dry the fish: Cooking with a fish that is dripping wet will, in fact, make it steam, not sear. You’ll want to towel dry it prior to grilling.
  • Glaze at the end: When making a sweet, sugary glaze, apply it only when the fish is nearly completely cooked. This is important because otherwise the heat from the grill will burn the glaze, causing your fish to taste charred and bitter. It is better to glaze at the end, but you may season the fish prior to grilling as well, in order to ensure a delightful flavor infusion.
  • Keep the sizes even: You’ll want to cook evenly thick pieces at the same time in order to cook your fish properly. Typically, fish fillets taper at an end and are therefore slimmer on one side than the other. Cut even pieces and grill those in batches to ensure that your fish is cooked well.
  • Marinate for a few minutes only: When you marinate your fish in an acid, you can actually end up cooking the fish, akin to a ceviche. In order to avoid this, make sure your marinade doesn’t last longer than 15 to 20 minutes.

Even the best of cooks can sometimes forget these tips and commit mistakes that end up ruining their meal. It’s important to always be aware of the best grill practices so that your fish is always grilled properly. Remember, the seafood Orlando residents purchase will determine the quality of their meal. Therefore, purchase yours at Lombardi’s Seafood Market, your trustworthy seafood source.


Reel in Good Health with a Diet Rich in Seafood

salmon-522483_1920Looking to lower your intake of bad cholesterol? Want to improve your health overall? An easy way to go about it is by implementing a seafood-rich diet into your life. We’re going to break down which of the best Orlando seafood can increase your heart’s performance, improve your vision, and help keep you healthier than the general population can ever hope to be! Lombardi’s Seafood Market wants our customers to be informed about all of the good seafood has to offer.

  • Smoked Salmon: What you’ve got here is a driver of better vision. The omega-3 fatty acids found in just four slices of smoked salmon can help improve vision issues due to age while being super delicious. Simply ensure you do not consume too much, as it can contain a large amount of the daily recommended sodium.
  • Crab: This tasty crustacean is similarly full of omega-3s along with other vital nutrients, such as calcium, copper, zinc, selenium, and chromium. It’s high in good cholesterol which can actually help your heart function and your body produce Vitamin D, essential to good health and happiness.
  • Squid: Don’t squirm! Squid is a delectable seafood rich in protein, omega-3s, zinc, and iodine, which is essential to proper health. Likewise, the Vitamin B2 and copper found in squid can improve the health of your cells and ensure they perform well, helping your teeth and bones stay strong.
  • Oysters: Full of zinc, omega-3s, and protein, this seafood is sure to satisfy. It is one of the most zinc-rich foods. In fact, it can help lower stress levels due to the amino acid tyrosine which is found in its flesh. They are also very low in cholesterol. The only thing to be weary about is the amount of mercury in this seafood, therefore, be smart about where you buy.

Isn’t it amazing what all of these foods that we love can do for our health? These tasty seafood items, and many more, can be found at Lombardi’s Seafood Market, the only source for the best Orlando seafood. We hope you’ll be able to invest in your health by making a lifelong commitment to eating quality, nutritious foods which satisfy not only your taste palate but also your entire body’s needs.


Meet More of the Fish at Lombardi’s Seafood

Lombardi’s stops at nothing to bring you the most varied seafood at the best value possible, every single day. You’ll find nearly everything you might be looking for, from the rarest of catches to a steady supply of some of our more common top sellers. Today, we’re going to look at some of the more well-known fish that you can find at Lombardi’s Seafood Market, your source for the best seafood in Orlando.

salmonSalmon: Known for its vibrant pink and orange color, salmon is one of the healthiest fish for humans to consume. It can help with extending your lifespan, avoiding heart attacks, and fighting off cancer due to its high content omega-3 fatty acids and the multitude of vitamins and minerals it carries, such as Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, potassium, and many more. When purchasing, try our Puget Sound USA salmon, which is ocean farmed with natural feed (no steroids, no hormones, no antibiotics).  Lombardi’s is the only supplier of USA salmon in Central Florida which is flown in from the Salish Sea to your table in as little as 24 hours.

codCod: Its stark, white flesh is hailed for being a great protein substitute for many red-meat eaters trying to change their eating habits for the better. Cod, found in the icy Arctic waters, is known to have many cardiovascular benefits, including improvement in heart function. The health-conscious love this fish because it packs a lot of vitamins and protein, yet not a lot of calories.

flounderFlounder: Found at the bottom of many salt-water bodies, flounder is known for its high protein content and zero carbohydrates, making it an excellent choice for those trying to maintain their figure. It is low in oils, but does have some beneficial minerals. Prepare a tasty dinner with this fish that can take on any seasoning you throw at it.

snapperSnapper: There are 17 types of snapper with red snapper being the most popular. It has a firm, white flesh that can be baked, grilled, or fried to perfection. You’ll find this fish to be particularly delicious and good for you, as it is low in calories and unhealthy fats while providing significant amounts of protein and vitamins. It is one of the hallmarks of Florida fish.

As you can see, there’s plenty to love from the more common fish we carry. They are the classics everyone needs to find on their plate for dinner, lunch, and even breakfast if you’re feeling adventurous! Remember, Lombardi’s Seafood Market brings you only the best seafood in Orlando, every day. Come get some for yourself at our location on West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park.


Tilapia with Lemon Caper Sauce

If you are looking for a recipe to delight anyone’s taste buds, Lombardi’s Seafood offers you this yummy Tilapia with Lemon Caper Sauce for an easy, yet satisfying meal. For the best seafood in Orlando, including tilapia for this recipe, stop by Lombardi’s today!

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If this is a recipe that sounds right up your alley, be sure to get the freshest tilapia at Lombardi’s, who has the best seafood in Orlando.


Types of Fish at Lombardi’s

No matter what type of fish you’re looking for, Lombardi’s has it in stock. In fact, the rarer, tastier, more exotic the fish, the better! It’s the reason why the best seafood Orlando has is found only at our place!

Here are a few of our favorite fish:

  • Monkfish: This is a fish only a mother could love in terms of looks. It’s got a flattened head, a big jaw, and a short, tapering body. You might be put off by its looks at first, but the good thing is that we’re interested in what it tastes like! It’s got a delicious, robust flavor that works well for stir-frying, barbecuing, or in many other ways.
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  • Orange Roughy: Found only in the waters of New Zealand and Australia, this unique specimen makes for a real treat. These fish live for a long, long time (up to 50 years by some estimates), which can make them older than many of the people who enjoy them. It has a mild, delicate taste, which should not be covered up by your seasonings; let it shine.
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  • Swordfish: These fish can grow up to 1,000 pounds, so there’s plenty to go around. Cook up some steaks on the grill or bake them in the oven to enjoy. Simply marinate them with your favorite marinade as they go well with everything–remember not to overcook them!
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  • Chilean Sea Bass: White, slightly oily meat is what you’ll find with this Lombardi favorite. The Chilean Sea Bass, also known as a Patagonian Toothfish, is typically pan seared, but poaching, broiling, or grilling work just as well. With a medium texture and full flavor, this tasty fish would be great for dinner any night.
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Make yourself a delicious meal by picking up some of the best seafood Orlando has to offer. The staff at Lombardi’s Seafood Market is eager to please and will help you decide exactly what to get for lunch or dinner. Don’t let these fancy fish scare you if you’re just diving into seafood culture, as they are all great tasting and easy to cook. Check out some of our recipes to see just how easily you can prepare them.


Nutrition and Seafood Breakdown

salmon-518032_1920(1)When you start to think about seafood, the first thing that comes to mind is likely its health benefits. It’s true; seafood has a lot of nutritious value, and it can improve your health in a lot of ways. Let’s look at some of the ways in which seafood makes a difference, for the better, to your body and mind. Be sure to grab some of the best seafood in Orlando by stopping at Lombardi’s today.

  • Calories and Protein: Everyone going on a diet or looking to eat healthier wants low calories and high protein, which can be difficult to find. Fish, such as cod and flounder, can provide just that because they are very low in calories relative to the amount of protein they provide. Just one three-ounce serving is enough to give you 1/3 of the daily recommended amount of protein and can be had in as little as 100 calories.
  • Fat and Cholesterol: Most seafood is very low in fat, coming in anywhere from 5% fat to 15% in fattier fish such as mackerel and king salmon. That’s a pretty good deal considering the level of fat found in other animal meat, but even better is the fact that a lot of that fat is omega-3 fatty acids which provide great heart, body, and brain benefits. As for cholesterol, a three-ounce cooked portion has, on average, 100 mg of cholesterol but can be as low as 60 mg. The suggested daily limit is 300 mg, so even if you ate seafood every meal, you’d still fall under nutritional guidelines.
  • Vitamins and Minerals: Fish and other seafood are full of vitamins and minerals. The most common are Vitamin A, D, and B-complex vitamins that can improve the functioning and wellness of your nervous system. There’s also a lot of zinc, iron, and iodine in fish to keep your cells and immune system healthy.

The best foods to consume are those that are not only tasty but also deliciously healthy. Lombardi’s has the best seafood in Orlando in stock every day that make excellent options for those of us who want to keep our bodies functioning well long into old age. Come by our location on West Fairbanks today, and give your body what it’s asking for!


Fish Haters Rejoice: There are Fish to Love in 2016

seafood-838903_1920So you hate fish, huh? Well, that’s a bummer, given all of the tasty dishes that you can create and the fantastic health benefits that fish provides. We’re going to help you remedy any of the issues you may have encountered in the past and have you saying YES to the best seafood in Orlando. You’ll be running to Lombardi’s Seafood Market when you’re through reading this.

Fish Therapy

You need to figure out why you don’t like fish so that you can then address the problem. Much like the best therapists, we’re going to suggest some reasons why you may not like it and branch off from there. Could it be that you’ve had one or two experiences where you tasted improperly cooked or old fish? Is the smell or taste too strong for you to handle? You’ve encountered a bone or two in your meal and were completely turned off?

Well, here’s what you can do about it. Give fish another chance by preparing it yourself. You can’t go wrong with a fillet of tilapia or turbot; they’re mild-tasting fish, so your palate won’t be offended, and they soak up the flavor of whatever sauces or seasoning you throw at them. If you’re still worried about the flavor, squeeze a lemon over the top when cooking it as the acid cancels out any odors.

Give it a Twist

If you’ve stayed far away from fish your entire life, chances are you’ve got a few beef or chicken recipes that you’re really familiar with. What you need to do is replace those other meats with fish. Give a big hunk of salmon a try as part of your next burger ensemble and experience the delicious and healthy fish in your favorite beefy form. You may also venture into the ever popular fish tacos. Simply cook some fish, such as some barramundi, warm up your tortillas, get your salsa and lime ready, and you’re good to go.

Fresh is Freedom

One of the largest barriers to a successful fish dining experience is bad fish. If the main ingredient isn’t fresh, how could your meal be any good at all? Remember, fresh fish smells like the ocean, it doesn’t smell like… well, like old fish. You’ll only find the freshest fish at Lombardi’s.

Lombardi’s Seafood Market is ready and willing to help you learn how to love fish. Although many of us were natural fish lovers, some of us took convincing. But there’s really nothing to it, as long as you follow the guidelines we’ve already discussed. Make it out to Lombardi’s and have the best seafood in Orlando today.


Eat Seafood Once a Week – Cut Your Risk for a Heart Attack in Half

shrimp-400570_1920It’s a new year, and it’s time to make a change in your life that is going to significantly increase your well being. Research suggests that having at least one portion of fresh seafood a week is enough to cut your risk of a heart attack by 50 percent. That’s a dramatic difference and one that you can implement in your own life starting today by simply nourishing your body with the best Orlando seafood, available at Lombardi’s.

Just as there are many types of seafood, there are many types of benefits. We’ll break down what foods can bring your health up to speed.

  • Shrimp & Prawn – These small creatures pack a mighty punch of vitamin B12, which helps your cells grow well and can also improve your immune system and thyroid gland function.
  • Oysters & Mussels – They’re high in Omega-3 fatty acids and low in cholesterol. Oysters are full of zinc, which can improve reproductive and sexual health, whereas mussels help ease nerve damage, confusion, and tiredness due to their high levels of folic acid.
  • Crab & Lobster – Although crab is high in cholesterol, and those with cholesterol issues should consume it infrequently, there are a lot of benefits to it. It has a lot of protein, omega-3s, and trace elements of calcium, copper, zinc, and other minerals. Lobster contains a lot of iodine, selenium, and B vitamins while having less cholesterol than beef, pork, and crustaceans like shrimp.
  • Scallops & Clams – These mollusks are high in protein, omega-3, B Vitamin, magnesium, and potassium, all while having nearly no saturated fat or calories. Clams are rich in protein and have a lot of zinc, which can improve your skin and immune system. They also have retinol, which is vitamin A that can help your eyes.

Why not try adding seafood to your current diet? It’s healthier than red meats while providing even more benefits. It just makes sense. If you have questions about where to start, come visit us at our location on West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park, and one of our knowledgeable staff members would be glad to help you find the best Orlando seafood.


Luscious Lobster Risotto for Valentine’s Day

risotto-421391_1920One of the most romantic things couples can do is cook for each other; consuming food is at the heart of our society and making it is a wonderful way to show someone just how much you care for them. Today, we’re going to show you how you can take advantage of the best seafood in Orlando and prepare an elegant lobster risotto dish for your special someone this Valentine’s Day.

Some say that lobster is an aphrodisiac, to which we cannot comment, but we simply love it for its great taste and excellent nutritional attributes. Here are the ingredients you’ll need to prepare this recipe:

Ingredients:

  • ½ lb lobster meat
  • 2 cups of short-grain rice (e.g. Arborio or Carnaroli)
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of parsley
  • 1 pinch of saffron
  • ¼ cup of white wine
  • 1 quart stock (lobster, fish, or chicken)
  • salt to taste

Steps:

 

  • Proportion half of your lobster meat and chip it finely.
  • In a small mixing bowl, add the wine and saffron, ensuring it is crushed and mixed well.
  • Heat a medium-sized pot to medium-high heat and sauté the finely chopped shallots in the olive oil, but ensure they do not color.
  • Mince the garlic and add it along with the rice to your pot, stirring constantly for about a minute.
  • Next, add your chopped lobster meat and ¼ teaspoon salt along with the white wine and bring to a boil.
  • Keep stirring every 90 seconds, allowing the wine to boil down. Bring the heat to medium and add your stock ½ cup at a time.
  • Repeat the process until the rice is cooked al-dente, with a little bite to it.
  • Finally, add the rest of the lobster, along with the parsley and salt to taste.
  • We recommend you serve this dish with a white wine, such as a Riesling.

 

Your significant other is going to not only be impressed with your mastery of the kitchen, but also with how great tasting this recipe really is! Remember, your source for the best seafood in Orlando is Lombardi’s Seafood Market. The clock is ticking so get to our location immediately and ask our staff any questions you may have about preparing this or any other recipe.


Pan-Seared Scallops with Cilantro-Celery Mayonnaise

Scallops remain one of our most popular selections in our Orlando seafood market. And why is that? Because these light and tasty treats appeal to just about everyone. Here is a yummy recipe that features scallops with a twist. Enjoy!

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If this recipe sounds right up your alley, be sure to stop by Orlando’s seafood market, Lombardi’s, for the freshest selection of scallops. For even more recipes, please browse our seafood blog.


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