With regards to American culinary cuisine, it can sometimes be difficult to actually pinpoint what meals actually Alaskan King Bed define the United States. Granted, hamburgers, pizzas and Mexican food are plentiful, but even those have their origins in other countries. Yet, as far as most people are concerned, a plate does not get any more American – more patriotic, if you will – then the surf and turf entrĂ©e.

Whoever decided that pairing up a juicy, tender steak with a succulent lobster tail was a complete genius, because both flavors work so well together. A medium rare rib eye complemented by the best part of a lobster, it is basically culinary poetry. At the same time, however, meat and lobster do not necessarily have to be the only items classified as official surf and turf ingredients. Considering that surf represents the sea and turf represents the land, a lot of other, just as flavorful pairings can exist that qualify. And when it comes to sustainability as well as unbelievable textures and flavors, nothing can substitute that lobster tail better than fresh Alaska seafood.

Comprising the majority of fish products found at most grocery stores, wild Alaska seafood is some of the most environmentally friendly and healthy fish around. Since sustainability is such a huge and pressing issue up north, all salmon, halibut, cod and crab are caught under strict regulations and quotas. Because of this, consumers of Alaska seafood never have to fret about their individual affect on fish populations.

And when it comes to taking that surf and turf platter to the next level, no better replacement for lobster exists than the Alaskan King, Snow or Dungeness Crabs. Each varies when it comes to actual harvest seasons, but with regards to overall texture and freshness, there is no comparison. Simply boiling king crab legs in the same manner as lobster and serving with some melted butter and a few lemon slices will make you forget all about the traditional surf and turf pairings. Not to mention that with a little added wild rice to provide that needed bedding between the surf and the turf, expect tears of ecstasy to run down your cheeks after every bite.

If crab is not your thing, experimenting with other Alaska seafood products will lead to the perfect combination. Smoked Alaskan salmon paired up with beef Carpaccio (glazed in citrus fruit) will leave any diner in awe. A fresh halibut filet with some perfectly cooked Kobe beef could cause all who devour it to temporarily pass out, overwhelmed by the meal’s deliciousness.

So, although nothing screams out American culinary tradition like the surf and turf, no one ever said mixing up the key ingredients was a bad thing. Incorporate a little variety into that amazing meat and seafood platter and rediscover what makes that dish so special.