SMOKED BUTTER SEAL RECIPE


 

SMOKED BUTTER SEAL 

RECIPE CREDIT – SIMON MATHYS, EXECUTIVE CHEF: MANITOBA

In the first episode of “The Chef’s Seal” we introduced you to Executive Chef Simon Mathys of Restaurant Manitoba and his delicious “Smoked Butter Seal” (Price : $16.00). Now we want to show you how to make this recipe at home (or at least give it the ol’ college try)!

Although the recipe does require a little effort to find the accompanying herbs and plants, it does not have a lot of cooking and is fairly easy to prepare for the whole family.

One seal loin is equal to about 5-6 portion.

INGREDIENTS – SEAL FILLET:

  • 50 g of seal fillet (each fillet should make two-three servings depending on size)
  • 3 tbsp. of butter
  • A pinch of fleur de sel

INGREDIENTS FOR DRY “DIP”:

  • 3 tbsp. Roasted buckwheat
  • A pinch of Oxalis
  • A pinch of daylily buds
  • A pinch of dried sagebrush
  • A pinch of dried calendula flowers

SMOKED BUTTER:

If you have a smoker, you can make smoked butter yourself. Just put the butter in a dish and put in the smoker for about 1 hour. Make sure the butter is melted before you add it to the seal fillet. If you do not own a smoker, you can simply melt the butter in the microwave.

PREPARATION:

  1. Sear the seal fillet in a very hot pan. Add oil before cooking the filet. It needs to be served very rare, similar to a “blue” cook on a steak. Sear the outside very well for about two minutes on each side. Let rest for 4-5 minutes. Click here for our Seal Loin Tataki Recipe and for the Recipe Video!
  2. Slice the seal fillet into very thin slices.
  3. Place the sliced seal fillet on a plate, arrange them as you see in the above photo.
  4. Place the roasted buckwheat next to the seal, followed by the remaining ingredients in the “dry dip.”
  5. Add about two tablespoons of the smoked butter over the seal meat.
  6. Finish with a pinch of fleur de sel.
  7. Serve and enjoy! At Restaurant Manitoba, Chef Simon Mathys encourages patrons to enjoy this meal with your hands, paying homage to how seal is traditionally enjoyed here in Canada. Simply grab a slice of seal with your fingers and run it through the “dry dip.” Deliciousness follows.

Where to find:

SeaDNA Seal Loin (*Recommended to call ahead to ensure availability)

Montreal:
Poissonnerie la Mer
1840 René-Lévesque Blvd East
Montreal, QC
(514) 522-3003 (ext. 231)

Quebec City:
Poisson d’Or
960 Cartier Avenue
Quebec, QC
(581) 300-1510

Other stores where to buy seal meat.

Dry Dip Ingredients
(These could be a little harder to find. Feel free to experiment with herbs that have similar flavour profiles)

Roasted Buckwheat:


Can be found at many specialty and normal supermarkets. Examples in Montreal: AVRIL SUPERMARKET SANTÉ or at ALIMENTS TRIGONE.

Oxalis:


You can find this flowering plant in many forests across North America. The edible herb has an acidic flavour profile. This can be harder to find but is available via foraging or contacting local plant stores.

Daylily:


This wild flower is both delicious and fragrant. Available at many local plant and flower stores

Sagebrush (Wormwood or mugwort):


This plant brings an earthy, herbal boost to the dish. This is the plant that can create Absinthe. Can be found at local plant and flower stores.

Calendula (Marigold):


Known for a similar taste to saffron, the flowers bring a unique colour and taste. A common garden staple, it can also be found at specialty markets and local plant and flower stores.

OMEGA UP YOUR SUMMER DIET WITH SEADNA

Summer is here Canada! Wooooooooo!

One of the common resolutions we Canadians make at this time is to eat healthier and re-commit ourselves to living better. The warmer weather gets us up and moving and a focus on diet and nutrition is a critical part of our efforts.

Nutritionists and health professionals have long pointed to the benefits an Omega-3 can bring to your overall well-being. With the summer now upon us, we have some tasty ways for you to add our Lemon-Flavour Omega-3 Seal Oil to your diet.

SeaDNA Lemon-Flavour Seal Oil is smooth tasting with a clean finish and provides a natural Omega-3 that is 100% Canadian. Along with EPA and DHA, seal oil also has DPA in balanced qualities with the other two fatty acids.

So with SeaDNA Seal Oil you get the power of three Omega-3’s (DHA, EPA and DPA), not just two like most other supplements on the market. You also get an Omega-3 sourced from Canada, refined in Canada, and exceeds the strict standards our country sets for purity and quality.  We always say: Know where your supplement comes from. With SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil there is no questioning the source.

Our lemon-flavoured oil has been called the ‘best tasting” liquid Omega-3 on the market and this makes it the perfect addition to summer favourites like salsa, salads or smoothies.

Here are a couple recipes you can make at home, while ensuring you and those you love get the health benefits of an Omega-3 in an easy, delicious way.

SEADNA OMEGA-3 SUMMER SALSA

Alright, this one is so easy and tasty that anyone can do it. Plus, salsa is always a family favourite!
So, here go…

Ingredients:
– 3 tomatoes, chopped
– 1 orange or red pepper, finely diced
– 1 ripe avocado, peeled and then cubed
– ½ cup of fresh corn (frozen or canned can also be used in a pinch)
– ¼ cup of cilantro (to taste)
– ¼ cup chopped red onion
– ½ jalapeno pepper (finely diced)
– 1 tablespoon of olive oil
– 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
– 2 tablespoons lime juice
– salt to taste
– 1 tablespoon – SeaDNA Omega-3 Lemon-Flavour Seal Oil

Instructions:
Well, it is salsa so this one is easy peasy, lemon-oil squeezy!

Chop up the veggies, mix them together, then at the end you add the lime juice, salt and SeaDNA Lemon-Flavour Seal Oil. Give it a quick stir and you have a tasty, nutritional summer treat the whole family will enjoy.

SEADNA OMEGA-3 SUMMER VINAIGRETTE

The great taste of SeaDNA Lemon-Flavour Seal Oil makes it a great companion for a salad dressing to add to your favourite veggie mix. A simple vinaigrette is easy to make and a light summer companion. Here’s our take on it:

Ingredients:

– ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
– ¼ cup lemon juice
– 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
– 2 cloves garlic finely chopped or minced
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
– ½ teaspoon black pepper
– 1 pinch (to taste) smoked paprika
– 1 tablespoon SeaDNA Omega-3 Lemon-Flavour Seal Oil

Instructions:
Again, we aren’t exactly pushing culinary limits here, but it is another simple tasty Omega-3 addition for your diet. Just add it all together, whisk it well, and you are good to go. Clean, delicious and a great summer vinaigrette that should appeal to the whole family.

SEADNA SUMMER SMOOTHIE

When the temperature rises a cold icy smoothie is a great way to beat the summer heat. It is also a sneaky chance to get that Omega-3 into your kids (or husband) in a delicious and subtle way.

Ingredients:
– frozen mixed fruit (pick your favourites)
– water
– 1 tablespoon SeaDNA Omega-3 Lemon-Flavour Seal Oil

Instructions:
– Grab your blender and add your frozen fruit. Then add water, about level with the amount of fruit. Blend that baby up. Then add your SeaDNA Lemon-Flavour Seal Oil to the mix and serve. Again, we are keeping it easy.

So there you go, three easy ways to make your summer a little more healthy while still being light and delicious.

For more information on SeaDNA Omega-3 Lemon-Flavour Seal Oil and to order: www.seadna.ca.

 

 

SEALFEST 2018: PHOQUE YES!!!

When we first put the call out for Seal Fest we were incredibly intrigued to see what the talented chefs in Montreal and Quebec City would whip up. But even we couldn’t have dreamed of what we are now seeing on offer. 

Seal Fest was launched to introduce this great and sustainable Canadian resource to as many people as possible and thanks to these imaginative restaurants there has never been a better time to experience it in Quebec.

Let us promise: all 13 establishments taking part have blown our minds with their creativity and magic in making our taste buds bounce. Seal is sustainable, delicious and wildly nutritious and a true Canadian tradition.

Experience it this week and enjoy it for a lifetime!

See below for a detailed list of the incredible seal creations that awaits you from now until April 1 2018!

For tickets and information on the event: www. sealfest.ca

MONTREAL

NOM NOM CANTEEN


THE DISH:

Seal tataki with sweet potato gratin, coconut and Kafir leaf and red cabbage salad with Ponzu.

SUGGESTED PAIRING:
Glass of red wine – California Merlot Talus

THE PRICE:
$16 (Alcoholic beverage included)

THE PLACE:
Nom Nom Canteen
901 Rue Square Victoria (W Hotel)
Montreal
514-395-3180

 

ITHQ RESTAURANT


THE DISH:

Seal tataki, “Blanc de gris” oyster mushroom, black garlic purée from Quebec, salicorne and dulse.

SUGGESTED PAIRING:
Bloody Ceaser made Radoune gin, salt of algae and mushrooms

THE PRICE:
$ 15 (Alcoholic beverage included)

THE PLACE:
ITHQ Restaurant
3535 Rue Saint-Denis Montreal
(514) 282-5155

 

CARIBOU GOURMAND


THE DISH:

Seal loin, black beer caramel, sea buckthorn berry gel, salt of wild mushrooms, mustard caviar and fried lichen.

SUGGESTED PAIRING:
Red wine or glass of Farnham beer

THE PRICE:
$14 (Alcoholic beverage included)

THE PLACE:
Caribou Gourmand
5308 Boulevard St-Laurent
Montreal
(438) -387 to 6677

 

L’ASSOMMOIR


THE DISH:

Seal croquette, béarnaise sauce with tarragon, spinach salad with berries and salicorne.

SUGGESTED PAIRING:
Selection of wine and beers

THE PRICE:
14$ (Alcoholic beverage included)

THE PLACE:
L’Assommoir
211 Rue Notre-Dame West
Montreal
(514) 272-0777

 

LE LOCAL


THE DISH:

Seal filet rillettes with apple chutney, sea buckthorn berry and salicorne.

SUGGESTED PAIRING:
Homemade cocktail with Quebec Wendigo gin (sea buckthorn gin)

THE PRICE:
$17 (Alcoholic beverage included)

THE PLACE:
Le Local
740 Rue William
Montreal
(514) 397-7737

 

PASTAGA


THE DISH:

Southwest style seal garnished with steak spices + rice, shrimp and ham croquette

SUGGESTED PAIRING:
Yin & yang cinsault-syrah from Ardèche Nature

THE PRICE:
$17 (Alcoholic beverage included)

THE PLACE:
Pastaga
6389 Rue St-Laurent
Montreal
(438) 381-6389

 

GRUMMAN 78

THE DISH:
Tostada of grilled seal, bacon and onion relish, golden raisins, mole

SUGGESTED PAIRING:
House cocktail: “Ô Phoque”  – tequila Cazadores reposado – absinthe Balzac – St-Laurent Gin – mole bitter – agave syrup with spices  

THE PRICE:
$15 (Alcoholic beverage included)

THE PLACE:
Grumman 78
630 Rue de Courcelle
Montreal
(514) 290-5125

 

COMPTOIR RHUBARBE


THE DISH:
Seal loin, Matane shrimp, ricotta, pear and sunflower.

SUGGESTED PAIRING:
Specially selected red wine

THE PRICE:
$15 (Alcoholic beverage included)

THE PLACE:
Comptoir Rhubarbe
5091 Rue De Lanaudière Street
Montreal
(514) 903-3395

 

QUEBEC CITY

CORSAIRE


THE DISH:
Gravlax of seal with rum and heather, creamy parsnip, kimchi with cuttlefish ink, parmesan crumble, horseradish meringue, sea buckthorn berry gel and red cabbage water with dill.

SUGGESTED PAIRING:
Selection of beer

THE PRICE:
$14.25 (Alcoholic beverage included)

THE PLACE:
Corsaire
5955 Rue Saint-Laurent,
Lévis, QC
(418) 380-2505

 

KRAKEN CRU


THE DISH:
Seared seal, squash puree, raw mustard, herb emulsion

SUGGESTED PAIRING:
Blaufränkisch – House Meinklang (Austria)

THE PRICE:
$17 (Alcoholic beverage included)

THE PLACE:
Kraken Cru
190 Rue Saint-Vallier West
Quebec City
(581) 741-9099

 

LE MOINE ECHANSON


THE DISH:
Seal tartare, fresh cheese, fresh cranberries, dulse, vinaigrette, homemade bannock bread

SUGGESTED PAIRING:
Miscela cuvée rose from the Lammidia estate

THE PRICE:
$14 (Alcoholic beverage included)

THE PLACE:
Le Moine Echanson
585 Rue Saint-Jean
Quebec City
(418) 524-7832

 

LE PIED BLEU


THE DISH:
Seal country style pâté wrapped in bacon

SUGGESTED PAIRING:
Calijo – Apple brandy

THE PRICE:
$14 (Alcoholic beverage included)

THE PLACE:
Le Pied Bleu
179 Rue Saint-Vallier West
Quebec City
(418) 914-3554

 

LOUISE


THE DISH:
Seal Tataki, Celeriac Puree with Berries and Blackberry Sorbet

SUGGESTED PAIRING:
Red wine – Cabernet 2013

THE PRICE:
$20 (Alcoholic beverage included)

THE PLACE:
Louise Tavern & Wine Bar
48 Rue Saint-Paul
Quebec City
(418) 780-7255

 

Don’t forget to call the restaurant for your reservation!

For the tickets:  www.sealfest.ca

Go Wild With Seal

We realize that at first wild game can seem a little intimidating. But each different game has its own flavour characteristics and can be a very rewarding meal. If you have never tried seal, it is similar to beef but carries its own unique and inviting taste.

The hunt to eat healthy has led to more and more Canadians adding wild game to their diet. There are many factors that consumers weight before making this decision. Here are a couple reasons why SeaDNA Seal Meat is a great, healthy choice:

Benefits Of Wild Game Vs. Farm Meats

1. LEANER:

Most farm-raised animals live a much more sedentary lifestyle and often have a higher fat diet designed to increase bulk. Wild game eat a natural diet and are generally much more active. Seal is incredibly lean (2% fat) as the fat layer is separate from the meat of the mammal.

2. NATURALLY RAISED:

SeaDNA Seal Meat is wild caught in the icy waters off the coast of Atlantic Canada. It is free of added hormones or antibiotics.

3. CONTAINS OMEGA-3:

Wild game meat has Omega-3 running through it and seal is no different. Omega-3’s have been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease and can aid in the battle against arthritis among other benefits.

4. MORE NUTRITIOUS:

Game is known for its great nutritional value and seal certainly fits the bill. It is packed with protein, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and vitamin B-12. 

 

5. LOW IN FAT AND CALORIES:

When compared to farmed animals such as cows and chickens, SeaDNA seal meat has an average of 2% fat while their domesticated competitors typically have a fat content of 25-30%. Not just any fat either. We’re talking a lot less saturated fat (the bad fat).  Compared to other wild game meat, it is the lowest in calories (100 Kcal/100g).

 

SEAL MEAT (per portion of 100 g)
CALORIES:  1oo
PROTEIN:  23g
FAT: 1g

 

HARP SEAL LOIN

 

 

HARP SEAL FLIPPER

 

 

Seal Meat Cuts

If you’re wondering about the variety of cuts available, seal steaks, seal shoulders (flipper), sausages, merguez, burger are the most common options, and seal sausages is a surprisingly lean choice.

Click here for more information on our seal cuts and seal charcuteries (Phoconailles). 

 

Cooking Seal Meat

When it comes to cooking wild game, you may be interested to know that the guidelines are pretty similar to how you would cook any red meat. There is only one hard-set rule with cooking wild meats: don’t overcook. As previously mentioned, wild game is very lean, which means that if you cook it too long, the meat is sure to dry out big time.

On our website, you can find different seal meat recipes:

 

Where to Buy Seal Meat?

Our seal meat is available in different butcher shops, fish markets and specialty stores and restaurants across the country.  Click here to find out about our most recent update of the locations offering seal meat.   Please note that you might have to call in advance to order your seal meat or to make sure that the restaurant is currently offering seal meat on its menu.

 

The Canadian Seal Harvest

The Canadian seal harvest is no different from any other wild game harvest. The Canadian government sets an annual quota, monitors and regulates the hunt, and ensures that any part of the animal used for human consumption is tested and safe.

You can find more info on the straight seal facts, seal populations, myths and realities on SeaDNA’s website. You can also find a lot of additional information on Seals & Sealing Network website.

 

 

SEAL GNOCCHI POUTINE

Ingredients:

  • Seal merguez
  • Grain cheese (to taste)
  • Kale
  • Marinated pearl onions
  • Veal stock

For sweet potato gnocchi:

  • 500 g of sweet potato puree
  • 250g of mashed potatoes
  • 300g of flour
  • 1 egg
  • Salt

Preparation:

For gnocchi:

  1. Mix all the ingredients
  2. Spread the dough 2 cm thick
  3. Slice strips lengthwise and cut into thumb size pieces
  4. Store in freezer

For the poutine with the merguez:

  1. Preheat the fryer to 350F
  2. Cut the merguez and roast in the skillet
  3. Add the kale with the merguez
  4. Put the gnocchi in the fryer until they go up
  5. Drain and place on a plate
  6. Place merguez, kale, onions and cheese on the gnocchi
  7. Drizzle with veal stock

 

 

Recipe by: Chef Benoit Lenglet