Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tasty Tuesday-Fish Delish

Fish has lots of benefits for dogs its got heart healthy good fats and plenty of antioxidants and I give all five of my dogs salmon oil every day.  I also try to give them treats and chews with fish in them on occasion, and when I do they are a universal favorite.   One of the best fish treats on the market are Cod Skins from Polka Dog Bakery.  

Like all Polka Dog Products Cod Skins are made from USA human grade ingredients.  The cod is caught by fisherman in Maine and Alaska and is dehydrated and hand twisted at the Polka Dog factory.   My dog love these treats so much that I had a hard time even getting a picture of them eating them, they crunch them right down.  (I will say that Cod Skins are not a long lasting chew.)    You can see in the picture below that Weasley is blurry because he is hopping about with excitement for his Cod Skin. He runs right into his pen to eat them (I always feed these treats with the dogs separated since they are so high value I don't want any disagreements.)

If the dogs where going to have a fishy treat I decided I should too.  Its soft shell crab season now and I love soft shell crab (my husband not so much).  So I made a soft shell crab sandwich for one.

Soft Shell Crab Sandwich adapted from Ina Garten
1 soft shell crab, cleaned
about 1 cup buttermilk
2-3 tbsp mayonaise
a tsp of chopped fresh dill
1/2 tsp minced capers
1/2 tsp minced gherkins (optonal)
1/8 tsp anchovy paste
1/8 tsp whole grain mustard
1/8 tsp white wine vinegar
1 cup flour 
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
salt and pepper
1 tsp butter
1 tsp olive oil 
sliced tomato 
butter lettuce
roll, I used a brioche roll

Soak the crab in a shallow bowl in the buttermilk for 15 minutes, turning once.  Meanwhile combine the mayo with the dill, capers, gherkins, anchovy paste, mustard, and vinegar in a small bowl.   Heat a the butter and oil in a skillet over medium  high  heat.   Whisk the flour, cayenne, and salt and pepper to taste in a shallow bowl and dredge the cab in the flour mixture.  Add shel side down to the skillet and cook three minutes per side.  Its best to wait the crab down with something like a cast iron skillet while it cooks.   While the crab cooks slice your roll and spread it with the mayo mixture and layer on the butter lettuce and sliced tomato.   Put the crab on the roll and eat immediately.  Delicious! (no matter what husband says)


  1. I'll have to see if those treats are available here. That sandwich looks sooo good and it's only 5:37am and yet I want it!! Yum!

  2. We love fishy treats. We sometimes get sardines in olive oil for our coats. Yummy looking crab. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. I bought fish skins for my guys, and despite being the eat-anything-at-all corgis that they are, they did not like them. I ended up throwing them away. Very odd.

    I LOVE blue crabs, although not in the soft-shell phase, but your recipe sure makes it sound good!

  4. Oh how I love fish. I even catch my own trout. It's true.

  5. Those treats look yummy, our dogs love fish too.
    Lynne x

  6. Woof! Woof! You guys had a DELISH! Tasty dinner. Happy Tasty Tuesday! Don't forget to add your post/url to the hop. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  7. Ohhh, gotta say I'm with your husband on the soft shell crab :-) Now the dog treats - those sound good!

  8. Just the opposite in our home. I'll pass on the crab, my husband is on a plane heading to New Jersey...make two for him.

  9. Oooh, we love all kinds of fishes over here. We never heard of these treats before so we are going to run off and find some!
    *high paws*

  10. Mom gave us pink salmon from the can and we liked it mixed in with our lunch. Hope that was good for us. we sure wish our mom cooked like you do!
    stella rose

  11. The cod skin treat sounds yummy! And I love that they are high quality. I wish they make treats for kitties, too!
    Your soft shell crab sandwich looks delicious!

  12. I must check out those treats. I'm sure my guys would love them as well!!

  13. That sandwich looks delicious!!

  14. mmmm we like fish here too! Mom visited their website and was intrigued by some of the treats. She is always looking for training treats that are small, natural and good for us.
    Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  15. Well my Daddy's packed his bags and he's over to you..Soft shell crab, his favorite. Hard to get in the UK xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  16. I have never tried cooking soft shell crab...would you like to come to lunch at my house and show me how to do it? Any time that's convenient ;)

  17. The Polka Dog treats sound delish. I'm getting a better dehydrator, so maybe I'll make our own fish skins.

    The crab sandwich looks delish as well. Gotta remember this recipe for the future. Thanks for posting!

  18. I'm gonna have to get my dad to order some of those fish skins. My main kibble is Salmon, so I eat quite a bit of fish (it's supposed to make you smart, too, right? That what Jeeves always ate). Weasley is a smart guy to bring it into his pen - don't want any of the other Urban Hounds to snatch it away!

    Last week, my dad got me some freeze-dried 100% salmon chunks. While they taste great, my dad says that they are super fishy smelling (they're FISH dad, duh). I guess that's why he insists on brushing my teeth after I've had a few. :)


  19. Payton and both D&D love fish. I prefer that to be their primary protein.

  20. Interesting treats. We've not seen any around here. Will keep our eyes open.