Love Seafood? You’re Not Alone.

Last year seafood was the category leader in grocery sales with a 28.4% increase, generating more than 16.6 billion for food retailers. (

Seafood Sales by Department -


“Sales of the combined category of fresh, frozen, and shelf-stable seafood outpaced sales in the produce, meat, and deli department, according to the newly released edition of the Power of Seafood 2021 report from FMI – The Food Industry Association.” (

Consumers and Seafood
Health Benefits of Seafood
Seafood is Nutritious
How are Seafood Stocks Made?
What Can Be Used As A Substitute For Seafood Stock?
Benefits of Using Seafood Stock Base?
How Do You Use Seafood Stock?
How Do You Make Lobster Stock, Shrimp Stock and other Seafood Stocks from Concentrated Seafood Base?
Delicious Recipes Using Seafood Stock
Who Uses Seafood Stock Bases and Where Can I Buy Seafood Stock?

The Facts Are Far From Fishy

Why are consumers choosing seafood for their diets? The following data from,, outlines how often consumers are eating seafood and why.

  • One-third of consumers in the United States consumed seafood twice a week in 2020.
  • Of those who increased their seafood intake, 59% cited eating healthier and boosting their immune systems as their primary reason.
  • Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, 72% of frequent seafood consumers focused more on making healthy and nutritious choices.
  • Of those shoppers who said they are interested in learning more about cooking seafood, 75% said they want to be more knowledgeable about how to prepare and flavor seafood.

The National Fisheries Institute reported how even a few years ago Americans were eating more fish than they have in over a decade. (

US Per-Capita Consumption of Seafood by Species in Pounds



Seafood Bases, which include fish, clam, crab, lobster and shrimp base varieties, provide an easy, time-saving and inexpensive way to add delicious signature seafood taste to recipes while passing on potential health benefits prevalent in this food category.

Just How Healthy is Seafood?

“The American Heart, Diabetes, Pediatric, Alzheimer’s and Psychiatric associations — and many others — promote seafood as part of the solution to be healthier, recommending fish and shellfish at least twice a week.  This recommendation, which translates to about 250 mg of omega-3s EPA and DHA per day, is based on decades of research that shows seafood at least twice a week can lead to fewer instances of chronic and preventable diseases, and even reduce the risk of death from any health-related cause by 17 percent.” (Source:

Seafood Packs a Powerful Health Punch:

  • Protein
  • Healthy omega-3 fats (called DHA and EPA)
  • More vitamin B12 and vitamin D than any other type of food
  • Iron which is important for infants, young children, and women who are pregnant or who could become pregnant
  • Other minerals like selenium, zinc, and iodine

FDA Seafood Nutrition Facts

According to the US FDA, seafood provides many nutritional benefits while having negligible amounts of trans fat, sugars and dietary fiber.

Seafood Nutrition Facts FDA 2008

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

And There’s More Good News About Seafood!

Seafood and Nutrition Facts Infographic


Specifically, here’s how some of the most popular seafood choices measure up nutritionally:


  • Low fat
  • High protein
  • Plenty of healthy minerals including selenium, zinc, iron, magnesium, and B vitamins including niacin.


  • Low fat
  • High protein
  • Contains healthy minerals of calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc and more.


  • Low fat
  • High protein
  • Contains a significant amount of several minerals such as zinc, calcium, phosphorus, selenium, potassium and B vitamins.


  • Low fat
  • High protein
  • Moderate source of omega-3 fatty acids
  • Includes key minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorus and more.


There are many seafood options. Nutrition Advance has identified 15 Seafood options for better health including:

Salmon Oyster Trout Abalone Octopus
Mackerel Herring Squid Sardines Seaweed
Shrimp Clams Anchovies Mussels Crab
15 Nutritious Seafood Options for Better Health


How Are Seafood Stocks Made?

Seafood stock is a generic term for any stock made from seafood.  A variety of fish, mollusks and crustaceans, such as lobster, crab, shrimp, clams, and fish can be combined to create a flavor-packed seafood stock. Or, if you are looking for a specific flavor for your recipe, you can create a seafood stock using an individual type of seafood, such as, fish stock or crab stock.

The typically non-edible parts of these animals, including bones, heads, tails and shells, are simmered together with herbs, spices and vegetables. An aromatic mirepoix made with finely-chopped onions, celery and carrots is a popular vegetable choice. Tomato paste, since it adds sweetness and its acidity helps extract the flavor from the seafood, is another favorite.

What Can Be Used As A Substitute For Seafood Stock?

For chefs who prefer an alternative to making seafood stock from scratch, seafood base is a perfect substitute.

A seafood base is much more concentrated, flavor-heavy, thicker than a made from scratch seafood stock.  Seafood base is an easy to use substitute to the long-simmered seafood stock. Several different specific varieties of bases in the seafood category, including shrimp, lobster, clam, crab and fish bases, are available.

Why Choose A Seafood Base?

There are many benefits to using a concentrated seafood base to make seafood stock or seafood broth. Some of the biggest benefits of seafood base include the 5 – S’s:

  • Saving: Spend only pennies per serving for a concentrated seafood base compared to a pre-made seafood stock.
  • Simplicity: Simply add boiling water to concentrated seafood base for instant seafood stock.
  • Space-Saving: Uses less warehouse, cooler and freezer space with concentrated seafood bases.  The equivalent of 283 gallons of seafood stock can be replaced with a single 50 lb pail of concentrated base.
  • Servings: Compare 90 servings from one pound of seafood base to only 2 servings with one pound of pre-packaged liquid seafood stock.
  • Shelf-Life: Pre-packaged seafood stocks last only days, depending on the variety compared to a concentrated seafood stock base shelf-life up to a year. Seafood stock base can be frozen, if desired, to extend shelf-life.


How To Use Seafood Stock?

Seafood stock and concentrated seafood base can be used in countless ways for your recipes.  Their use is really only limited by your culinary imagination!  Try these uses for seafood stock:

  • As a flavor enhancer or foundation, seafood extender or seasoning for a variety of seafood dishes and recipes.
  • Use in bisques, chowders, risottos, jambalayas, stuffings, dips, spreads, seafood salads, and much more.
  • As a delicious, flavor-packed addition to ethnic and fusion menus.
  • To season cooking water, sauté vegetables in, create signature breading or even enhance your favorite pasta dish.

How Do You Make Seafood Stock From Concentrated Seafood Base?

It is so easy! Just add water! Simply mix ¾ teaspoon of your favorite Cook’s Delight® concentrated seafood stock base with 8 ounces of boiling water. One pound of seafood base converts into 5 ½ gallons of seafood stock or broth – a total of twenty-two 32-oz. boxes! Check out the video and see just how easy it is to make seafood stock.

Make Shrimp Stock for pennies per serving – here is how!

It’s easy to make Lobster Stock! Make lobster stock with Cook’s Delight® Lobster Stock Concentrate in minutes!

Delicious Recipes Using Seafood Stock

Making Shrimp Fried Rice from scratch is easy to do. Your recipe for shrimp fried rice can be as simple as adding green onions, shrimp, mushrooms and eggs as main ingredients to creating a more complex dish, if desired. Choose a favorite seafood stock to boost the flavor.

Vodka Shrimp Poutine is an upscale variation on traditional poutine and shrimp stock gives it added flavor. To make your signature seafood poutine recipe load up crispy fries with your favorite seafood. Try crab, lobster or scallops for a delicious addition to your poutine or any combination of seafood. Pure comfort food!

Seafood Paella is a delightful dish that satisfies a crowd. This seafood paella recipe is a blend of shrimp, clams, chicken and seasonings and evokes visions of sitting at an outdoor Spanish terraza with a glass of Rioja.  What seafood can be used in paella? Be creative and add your favorite ingredients including mussels, fish, lobster, scallops and more. Chorizo is also a tasty ingredient in paella! Use your favorite seafood stock, such as clam stock, in this recipe to enrich the flavor.

Shrimp fried rice with chopsticks holding shrimp and flavored with Cook's Delight shrimp soup base
Vodka Shrimp Poutine on French Fries with Cook's Delight Shrimp soup base
Mixed paella recipe with chicken and seafood and Cooks Delight soup base

Who Uses Seafood Stock Bases and Where Can I Buy Seafood Stock?

Seafood bases are used for many applications by food manufacturers, foodservice operators and home chefs.  Anyone looking to add a consistent, flavorful and predicatable flavor profile to their recipes can benefit from seafood stock base. They cut labor costs, save valuable preparation time and ensure consistent quality management. Convenient packs sizes and shelf stable products allow users to source the necessary amount without shortage or storage worries.


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Health trends change and so do our products. With the addition of our new line of Zero Sugar Bases, Cooks Delight provides an option for professional chefs wanting to control the sugar in their culinary creations.  Available in chicken, beef and vegetable (both organic and conventional) varieties, the bases are gluten free with no MSG, no Big 8 allergens and no trans fats. These clean label products conform to the guidelines of many popular zero sugar diets as well as KETO, vegan and low carb.

Submit a request for your sample. These bases are a perfect addition to your distribution product line, especially if healthcare providers are a key demographic in your customer base.

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