My mom used to make tuna fish for us all the time. She’d get the regular dark kind though and switch around brands. But once in a while she’d surprise us and get the chunk white. Yeah, those were extra special taste bud party days.
And it wasn’t just chunk white… it had to be Bumble Bee chunk white! For some reason they just rocked it like no other. Who knew that decades later, I’d marry the woman of my dreams and she’d be a ginormous fan of Bumble Bee white tuna too? (You think I’m kidding? We make tuna melts for lunch every Sunday and spend half the week salivating in anticipation.)
So I was surprised to recently learn that Bumble Bee hasn’t just been sitting on their canned tuna laurels. Nope. They’ve been busy putting together a new line of premium fresh frozen fish and seafood called Bumble Bee SuperFresh! Intrigued?
About Bumble Bee SuperFresh® Premium Fresh Frozen
Some of the ‘fresh’ fish available in markets has actually been frozen, then thawed, then displayed on ice, where it can sit for days. Bumble Bee SuperFresh® seafood’s fresh taste and wonderful texture are the result of near-fanatical quality control. From flash-freezing at below zero temperature to prepping with all-natural ingredients to vacuum-packing for protection, “fresh” is so important, it’s a part of the product’s name.
Allie tries to cook fish at least once a week. Sometimes it’s salmon croquettes (yum!) or fish tacos (super yum!). Other times it’s plain ol’ salmon (bleargh). Yeah, I’m just not a fan of salmon, no matter how hard I try. Allie loves it and I know it’s good for you so I eat it. (For the record, I LOVE salmon sushi and lox.)
I was given the chance to try out Bumble Bee’s SuperFresh line and I couldn’t wait. If I could’ve waited a few more weeks, I could have turned this into a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. If only I knew how easy it was to cook these SuperFresh meals. They’re great for any date night, though, and I may just have to stock up on a few more for a February 14 surprise.
Allie’s generally the cook in our house, as I get home pretty late from work and sadly have just gotten out of the habit of cooking the past few years. So this time, I told her I’d give it a shot.
Won’t you join me in the kitchen?
I decided to make two different meals so we could try a variety and have leftovers for the next night. First up was Allie’s Salmon with Garlicky Black Pepper & Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
What’s really neat about these SuperFresh frozen meals is that you get everything in one convenient package. No need to make a huge honkin’ list of ingredients, only to run around the supermarket and still forget one or two items. Each package also contains two individual servings.
The salmon comes with parchment paper to cook your two portions in.
I’ve never cooked with parchment paper before, but like I said, this is pretty darn easy. You just open the plastic around the salmon (also easy to do, no scissors or knife necessary) and place each piece of fish inside the parchment and fold.
I stuck both pieces in their parchment papers, folded and placed on a lined baking sheet before sticking in the oven. The salmon takes about 20 minutes to cook, so I put these in the preheated oven and then moved on to entree number 2!
Next up is one of my favorites: shrimp!
I honestly don’t think I’ve ever met a shrimp I didn’t like. Fried. Grilled. Baked. Cocktailed. You name it, I’ll eat it. Usually a garlic or scampi sauce is best, though, so I was uber eager to try out the Lemon Shrimp With Garlic & Herbs dinner.
If you’ve never cooked shrimp before, let me tell you: It’s ridiculously easy. And fast. Shrimp starts out a blah grey and within a few minutes is a bright pink.
I emptied out the SuperFresh package and placed the frozen shrimp in a large frying pan under medium heat.
No parchment paper necessary for shrimp! But what these guys did come with were a set of seasoning medallions. They look like little pats of butter! Once the shrimp starts turning pink, you pop these suckers out, stir everything up and cook for another minute or two.
The medallions quickly melt and create the delicious garlic and herb sauce.
I timed it so the shrimp would be done just as the salmon finished cooking. Add some brown rice and roasted string beans and… voila… dinner for two!
Here’s a close-up of the salmon, which Allie said had some nice kick from the pepper but tasted better than any frozen salmon she’d had before.
The shrimp was great. If you like garlic, you’ll love it. I couldn’t believe how easy this was to make too, and how fast it cooked!
The really neat thing about Bumble Bee SuperFresh dinners is that besides being quick to cook and real easy to make, they also somehow manage to not smell up your kitchen! Usually when I come home from work, I can instantly tell if Allie’s made fish for dinner. The smell is so over powering I can actually get a whiff while I’m still in the garage!
Since you cook the fish right from its frozen state, it manages to not smell up your kitchen. A definite bonus if you ask me!
Wondering where Bumble Bee gets its fresh fish from?
All Bumble Bee SuperFresh® seafood is sourced from wild fisheries or aquaculture farms that have earned official certification from strict third party organizations such as Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), Global GAP (GAP), and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). Our scallops are rated a “Best Choice” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.
I can’t wait to try the scallops (my second favorite right behind shrimp!), but I love how the seafood and fish come from all over the world.
- The Shrimp is from Thailand
- The Tilapia is from Indonesia
- The Salmon is from Chile or Norway
- The Scallops are from China
These meals are perfect for guys like me who either don’t have time to really cook or aren’t that comfortable making gourmet meals for their significant other. Bumble Bee’s even gone so far as to put together some fantastic menu ideas to really treat your dining room like a five star restaurant!
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Bumble Bee SuperFresh.