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Sustainable Seafood with Blue Apron

A few weeks ago I wrote about “how much is too much” when it comes to eating salmon. Salmon shows up on my menu plan at least once a week for dinner and often for several lunches as well. I was happy to learn that I could keep eating all the salmon I wanted but one thing I do try to be super mindful of is where it comes from.

Blue Apron Wild Alaskan Salmon

As many of you know, I’ve been using Blue Apron on and off for a little over a year now. Over the past few months, I have received some wonderful salmon dishes and have been pleased to discover Wild Alaskan Salmon in my Blue Apron boxes. The Sockeye Salmon from Blue Apron is wild-caught and sustainably sourced.  It has earned a “Best Choice” rating from Seafood Watch which is one of the leading organizations dedicated to sustainable fishing practices and food safety.

Blue Apron believes in sustainable fishing practices and the majority of the seafood featured in their meals is wild-caught with the exception of farm raised only when it’s more sustainable and higher quality. They use fishing methods that are minimally invasive to natural habitats and do not source species that are overfished. Additionally, their seafood is raised within natural ecosystems or sustainable farms and on a diet free of antibiotics and added hormones. You can visit their Mission Page to learn more.

Blue Apron Salmon Recipe Ingredients
In addition to providing high-quality ingredients, I can always count on Blue Apron to give me new recipe inspiration and to introduce me to new ingredients. I tend to get pretty formulaic when it comes to cooking fish and recently I was sent the most wonderful Mediterranean-inspired Sumac-Spiced Salmon & Lebneh with Freekeh, Kale and Almond Salad.

If you’re new to Blue Apron, the idea behind it is to allow you to create delicious, chef-designed recipes right in your own kitchen. All the ingredients you need are delivered right to your doorstep in just the right proportions so no additional trips to the market are needed. All the ingredients arrive on your doorstep in one refrigerated box and you choose between a 2-person or family plan. Every week of meals is different and there’s no commitment required. You pick when you want to receive the service!

I use Blue Apron 1-2 weeks out of every month to simplify meal planning and to help me break out of ruts of making the same things over and over again.

Blue Apron Sumac-Spiced Salmon and Lebneh with Freekeh, Kale and Almond Salad

Take this wild caught Mediterranean salmon dish for example. I have never cooked with freekheh before but was interested to learn that this “new” ancient supergrain is low in fat and high in protein and fiber. When matched up against quinoa, freekeh has more protein and twice as much fiber. (Note: it’s made from wheat so it’s not a gluten-free grain.) This was also my first time cooking with sumac powder which was blended with turmeric to create the seasoning blend.

You can find the recipe for this salmon dish on Blue Apron’s website. We will most definitely be recreating this one again on our own!

Blue Apron BBQ Spiced Salmon and Roasted Sweet Potato Rounds with Arugula, Apple and Walnut Salad

A couple of weeks later we received another salmon recipe in our Blue Apron box, BBQ Spiced Salmon & Roasted Sweet Potato Rounds with Arugula, Apple and Walnut Salad. This recipe was a bit more straightforward than the sumac-spiced dish but a perfect, lighter meal for transitioning into spring weather.

I’ll share a few other recipes I’ve created with Blue Apron lately and be sure to read to the bottom of the post to learn how you can receive your first two meals FREE and I’m giving away a FREE WEEK of meals to two readers!

Blue Apron Hoisin and Shitake Burgers with Miso Mayonnaise and Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

Hoisin and Shitake Burgers with Miso Mayonnaise and Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges. Oh my gosh, these burgers were AMAZING. The burgers were packed with shitake mushrooms and topped with the most delicious miso mayo mixture. They were dressed with shredded bok choy which really complimented the Eastern flavors of the burger.


I really love it when Blue Apron goes a more ethnic route with its dishes and this Nepalese Chicken Tarkari with Garlic-Spinach Rice & Spiced Tomato Sauce did not disappoint! The chicken tarkari spice blend was a mix of curry powder, cumin, cinnamon and cloves and so warm and fragrant.

Blue Apron Meatball Ragout with Swiss Chard

And finally, this Meatball Ragout with Swiss Chard was simple but so flavorful. The stew featured a mix of meatballs, carrots, chard and potatoes in a herby and savory tomato sauce.

I’ve got our next Blue Apron delivery set to arrive on Saturday and I can’t wait to cook next week’s meals!

If you’d like to try Blue Apron, the first 25 readers to click this link will receive two free meals on your first order. 

Also, I’m giving away a free week of meals to two readers. If you’d like to enter to win, simply visit the Blue Apron Recipe Page and let me know what recipes you’d like to make at home! 

Giveaway ends Friday at midnight EST. US readers only. First time Blue Apron customers only. 

This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.

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  • 1
    Jennifer Rose April 18, 2016, 7:27 pm

    For sure those burgers you mentioned but also the spicy peanut noodles, they look awesome. Would love to to this, hope I win!

  • 2
    Ryan April 18, 2016, 7:42 pm

    This posts makes me want to try Blue Apron, it looks so good.
    I like your idea of only using it a couple of weeks out of the month as opposed to every single week, I think I’ll do that as well.
    Nice Post!

  • 3
    Megan April 18, 2016, 7:44 pm

    The Grains of Paradise crusted steaks and Cuban sandwiches look amazing! Eight months pregnant and now all I’m craving are plantains!

  • 4
    Mary Beth April 18, 2016, 7:49 pm

    The salmon po boys and spicey peanut noodles look great!

  • 5
    Rebecca Strength and Sunshine April 18, 2016, 7:52 pm

    Seared salmon and “green” potato salad? I’m in!

  • 6
    Stella April 18, 2016, 8:06 pm

    I’d love to make the crispy cod at home!

  • 7
    Courtney April 18, 2016, 8:26 pm

    Even after seeing the other recipes, the hoisin and shiitake burgers are the most intriguing to me. I recently tried Blue Apron for the first time and have been impressed with how fresh and healthy the ingredients are.

  • 8
    Cara April 18, 2016, 8:39 pm

    I’ve never cooked with frekah either. I’d love to try the Sumac-Spiced Salmon & Labneh 🙂

  • 9
    Jill April 18, 2016, 8:55 pm

    The hominy & poblano pepper pozole looks so good!

  • 10
    Catie April 18, 2016, 9:01 pm

    The Roasted Cauliflower Meunière with Soft-Boiled Eggs & Parmesan Breadcrumbs looks very intriguing. I love that Blue Apron can teach us about ingredients we don’t use regularly and streamlines the menu-planning doldrums!

  • 11
    Ashley April 18, 2016, 9:12 pm

    That salmon looks beautiful! I’m glad to see companies like Blue Apron are committed to wild fishing practices.

    The steak and eggs with kimchi fried rice is right up my alley. But, am I the only one that finds it a little weird that there’s no gluten-free filter for their recipes? It seems like the options are pretty limited.

  • 12
    Julie lenamon April 18, 2016, 9:24 pm

    Any type of fish tacos are a win for me.

  • 13
    Kristen April 18, 2016, 9:32 pm

    I would love to make the General Tso’s Chicken!!

  • 14
    Anna O April 18, 2016, 9:40 pm

    Grains of Paradise–Crusted Steaks!!

  • 15
    Karla April 18, 2016, 9:54 pm

    Haven’t tried Blue Apron yet, but wild like to. The Mexican Spiced Turkey Burgers and Chipotle Steak Salad look yummy!

  • 16
    Tina April 18, 2016, 9:57 pm

    that bbq spiced salmon looks great!

  • 17
    Jacquelyn D April 18, 2016, 10:18 pm

    I would try the Asparagus and Arugula Pesto Pizza as well as the BBQ-Spiced Salmon and Roasted Sweet Potato Rounds. YUMMY!

  • 18
    Remi April 18, 2016, 11:09 pm

    The Gnocchi Caprese looks amazing… I would love to try making that!

  • 19
    Megan annen April 19, 2016, 12:36 am

    Roasted Pork and salad and the Mexican turkey burgers. Yum!

  • 20
    Beth April 19, 2016, 12:41 am

    The Korean sliders look and sound fun! After seeing all this recipes it makes me think I really need to branch out more in my cooking! 🙃😊

  • 21
    Carolsue April 19, 2016, 2:06 am

    I’d like to make the Gnocchi Capese and the Soy-Glazed Chicken
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  • 22
    Ashley April 19, 2016, 2:49 am

    Curry Cauliflower, bbq salmon, seared steak. Yummy!!!! Choose me:)

  • 23
    Mollie K April 19, 2016, 4:30 am

    Since I never cook fish at home because I have such a hard time finding wild caught at a good price (plus I am just cooking for myself most of the time), I would love to try the salmon with green potato salad recipe.

    All your dinners look delicious!

  • 24
    Virginia April 19, 2016, 5:13 am

    The Korean Bao Sliders and their take on Fish and Chips both sound great!

  • 25
    Courtney April 19, 2016, 6:54 am

    I would love to try the braised tandoori cauliflower; it looks great!

  • 26
    Christine April 19, 2016, 6:57 am

    I’d have to go with the Sumac-Spiced Salmon & Labneh first… You did such a good job on your meal, I need to try it. Plus, I’ve never even heard of Labneh and am always open to adding new good to my regular dinner rotation!

  • 27
    Jackie April 19, 2016, 7:24 am

    I’m so curious about Blue Apron, keep wanting to give it a try! I definitely want to try making the Roasted Chickpea & Freekeh Salad at home, I recently made Freekeh for the first time and it was delicious!

  • 28
    Katie April 19, 2016, 7:45 am

    The seared steak and peanut noodles looks so good!!

  • 29
    Debbie April 19, 2016, 7:54 am

    Korean Bao Sliders!

  • 30
    ali April 19, 2016, 8:06 am

    the salmon with the freekah looks awesome. love to try that!

  • 31
    April April 19, 2016, 8:20 am

    I love salmon as well so I would like to try the BBQ spiced salmon you had. It looks delish! 🙂

  • 32
    Rachel April 19, 2016, 8:20 am

    Hi! I would like to try the Meatball Ragout and the Hoisin & Shittake Burgers!

  • 33
    Christy April 19, 2016, 9:21 am

    I would love to try the miso yuzu-glazed cod with black rice & water spinach!

  • 34
    Jen April 19, 2016, 9:23 am

    I’d love to try the Gnocchi Caprese and the Mexican Pork Pozole!

  • 35
    Stephanie Phelps April 19, 2016, 9:46 am

    I would love to make the Roasted Chicken & Mixed Mushrooms. I love mushrooms!

  • 36
    Danielle April 19, 2016, 9:48 am

    Like you, I LOVE salmon. The seared salmon and green potato salad looks fantastic!

  • 37
    Kim K. April 19, 2016, 9:48 am

    korean bao sliders! YUMMMY!!!

  • 38
    Hillary April 19, 2016, 9:49 am

    I would absolutely LOVE to try the pan seared salmon with miso broth and wakame!!!

  • 39
    Ellie April 19, 2016, 9:53 am

    I would love to make the Orange-Glazed Chicken Wings

  • 40
    Kristin April 19, 2016, 10:04 am

    There are so many I would love to try but two that caught my attention were the spring gemelli pasta and heison & shiitate burgers mmmmmm

  • 41
    Michelle April 19, 2016, 10:18 am

    The braised tandoori cauliflower looks great!

  • 42
    Tara April 19, 2016, 10:45 am

    I’d love to try Blue Apron! The Mexican pozole and Trinidadian curry w/ coconut grits & collards are killin’ me!

  • 43
    Hannah April 19, 2016, 10:49 am

    I’d love to try the Grains of Paradise-Crusted Steaks! They look so different from how I make steaks; it would be really interesting to try it this way.

  • 44
    Layla April 19, 2016, 10:53 am

    The soy glazed chicken sounds really good. I also love salmon so all of the salmon dishes sounds delicious.

  • 45
    Laura t. April 19, 2016, 10:55 am

    The quiche with zucchini sounds great!

  • 46
    Christin April 19, 2016, 11:03 am

    Oh my gosh the gnocchi caprese looks right up my alley!! 🙂

    I love food so much…

  • 47
    Abby April 19, 2016, 11:44 am

    Chickpea burgers and spicy peanut noodles!!! But everything looks Delish!

  • 48
    Julie April 19, 2016, 11:51 am

    The quiche with zucchini or the gnocchi caprese. Yum!

  • 49
    Courtney April 19, 2016, 12:25 pm

    If love to try the falafel pitas with Tzatziki

  • 50
    Allison April 19, 2016, 12:39 pm

    Spicy peanut noodles!

  • 51
    Ashley April 19, 2016, 12:51 pm

    Those shitake burgers look amazing! I honestly did not see a recipe I wouldn’t want to try!

  • 52
    Nikki April 19, 2016, 1:29 pm

    I would love to try the braised tandoori cauliflower; it looks Yum

  • 53
    Denyne April 19, 2016, 2:37 pm

    Anything with Salmon. Seared salmon looks so good.

  • 54
    Melissa April 19, 2016, 3:24 pm

    Love to try the fontina and pesto grilled cheese!

  • 55
    Erica Ro April 19, 2016, 4:13 pm

    I’m NOT a picky eater, so I’d be into most of those recipes! I am interested in the more Asian recipes. I don’t usually make things like that because those are not ingredients I have on hand

  • 56
    ErikaMC April 19, 2016, 4:18 pm

    I know it’s ‘basic’ and something I could make but the meatloaf and roasted potatoes look really good.

  • 57
    amy April 19, 2016, 4:31 pm

    the chickpea burgers. I’ve always wanted to try making my own veggie burgers.

  • 58
    paige c April 19, 2016, 4:50 pm

    the honey garlic cod sounds soooooo good!

  • 59
    Madeline April 19, 2016, 6:10 pm

    I’d love to make the Hoisin and Shitake mushroom burgers, as well as the Korean Bao Sliders!

  • 60
    Cynthia April 19, 2016, 9:23 pm

    The sumac-spiced salmon and the chickpea burgers both look amazing!

  • 61
    Katie April 19, 2016, 11:28 pm

    The Gnocchi Caprese and Mexican Pork Pozole look great!

  • 62
    Katherine Hurst April 20, 2016, 11:41 am

    That Crispy Cod with soba noodles looks amazing!

  • 63
    Maggie April 21, 2016, 10:54 am

    Oh yum!! Your dinners look delicious and there are so many amazing recipes on their site! Would love to try the Vadouvan Chickpea Burgers with Roasted Sweet Potato Rounds & Yogurt Sauce, Orecchiette Pasta & Roasted Chickpeas with Kale & Smoked Paprika, or the Roasted Chickpea & Freekeh Salad with Harissa-Glazed Carrots & Dates.

  • 64
    Emily April 21, 2016, 11:10 am

    I’d love to try the roasted broccoli & fregola sarda salad! Love the tahini dressing addition!

  • 65
    LaTanya April 21, 2016, 11:35 am

    Soy-Glazed Chicken
    with Broccoli, Cashew & Sesame Fried Rice

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