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New Year, New You: Start 2020 as Healthy as a Clam


The New Year is in full swing and to get off on the right fin for 2020, we know a lot of you would like to kick start a healthier diet after a holiday season full of delicious sweets, treats and entertaining. 

If that sounds like you and you’re in need of fresh, new recipes to get excited about, #KeepClam because we’re sharing some of our favorite healthier Ivar’s options. Below are some popular entrée dishes typically available for our full service restaurant guests, but you can prepare and enjoy at home from our o-fish-al Ivar’s Seafood Cookbook

Crab Louie with San Juan Island Dressing

Serves 2


  • Three large eggs

For the dressing

  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 c low, light or reduced fat mayonnaise 
  • 1/3 c chili sauce (American-style, not Asian-style)
  • 2 tbsp chopped dill pickles
  • 1 tbsp chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp minced scallion
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1 tsp prepared horseradish (we hate being unprepared)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

For the salad

  • 12 oz hearts of romaine (from 2 to 3 heads), chopped
  • 6 thin slices cucumber
  • 1 large tomato, cut into wedges 
  • 12 pitted kalamata olives
  • 12 oz picked-over cooked Dungeness crab meat, drained 
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and thinly sliced crosswise 
  • Lemon wedges (Meyer preferred), for serving 


  1. Put the eggs in a small saucepan with cold water to cover. Bring to a simmer, cook for 1 minute and remove from the heat. Cover and let stand for 8 minutes. Drain, run under cold water and peel. Slice 2 of the eggs in half lengthwise and set aside for the salad. Finely chop the other egg and set it aside for the dressing. 
  2. To make the dressing, in a medium bowl combine the vinegar and sugar, and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add the remaining ingredients and the chopped egg, seasoning to taste with the salt and pepper.
  3. To make the salad, line 2 plates with the lettuce. Arrange the sliced eggs, cucumber, tomatoes, olives, crab and bell pepper on top. Serve the dressing on the side along with the lemon wedges. 

Possession Sound Seafood Stew

Serves 4 to 6


Broth Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 c chopped carrots (1 lb, or about 7 medium)
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, chopped
  • 1/4 c chopped fennel fronds
  • 1/4 c chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 5 to 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp finely grated
  • Orange zest
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp saffron threads
  • 1 c white wine
  • 1/4 c anisette or other licorice-
  • Flavored liqueur
  • 1 (28-ounce) can plus 1, 14-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 2 quarts clam juice
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Seafood Ingredients:

  •  1 lb Manila clams, rinsed and scrubbed
  • 1 lb mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  • 8 jumbo prawns, peeled and deveined
  • 4 cooked snow crab legs
  • 1/4 lb skinless salmon fillet, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 lb skinless halibut fillet, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 lb bay scallops 


  1. To make the broth: In a large saucepan heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, and fennel bulb and fronds, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to brown, about 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in the parsley, garlic, orange zest, bay leaf, thyme, and saffron. Add the wine and anisette and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes with their juice, clam juice, cayenne, salt, and pepper, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 hour.
  2. Add the clams and mussels. Cook until they are almost all open, about 3 minutes. Stir in the prawns, crab, salmon, halibut, and scallops and cook for 3 to 5 minutes longer, or until the fish is cooked and the crab is warm. (Discard any clams and mussels that have not opened.) Ladle the stew into shallow bowls and serve with a piece of toasted garlic bread floating in each bowl, and a bib for each diner.

Here at Ivar’s, whether you’re looking for a healthier, nutritious option or some winter comfort food, we’ve got something for everyone! These dishes are perfect for whatever you’re looking for and will surely make your taste buds as happy clams.