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Where to buy Seal Meat

Seal meat is quietly gaining a place in the repertoires of Canada’s top chefs and is also becoming more accessible to the home chef. Find out where you can find seal meat!

  • Increases energy
  • Strengthens muscles
  • Promotes red blood cell formation
  • Boosts immune system
  • Repairs body tissues
  • Improves muscle function
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  • Increases energy
  • Strengthens muscles
  • Promotes red blood cell formation
  • Boosts immune system
  • Repairs body tissues
  • Improves muscle function

Looking to buy seal meat?

In all cases, the meat offered has been processed according to protocols set out by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency or other provincial authorities such as Newfoundland and Labrador as well as Quebec. The seal harvest itself is tightly regulated and governed by strict quotas and regulations.

 

This is by no means a complete list of places to buy or dine on seal, but it should get you started. Check back often for updates.

Quebec’s sources for seal meat

In Quebec, seal meat often appears on menus under the name loup de mer, rather than the better-known French term phoque. Note that seal is a seasonal item on some (but not all) menus and store shelves. To avoid disappointment, it’s best to call ahead and check availability.

Restaurants :

Les Iles en Ville Seal Chili (1)

Les Îles en ville

Seal Chili made with seal flipper served with salad, homemade raspberry vinaigrette and beets.

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Pied Bleu

Barley and Seal Soup: Blood sausage broth, braised and smoked seal flipper, seal loin gravlax, barley, carrots and herbs.

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Bistro Côté-Est

Seal loin in Kamouraska!

Chez Boulay (1)

Louise Taverne & Bar à vin

Seal loin tataki, vanilla celeriac puree, berry gastric and strawberry sorbet.

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Caribou Gourmand

Seal tataki, wild berry coulis with red wine, seaweed, mustard caviar and fried caribou mousse.

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Perles et Paddock

Seal tataki, fir butter, seaweed puree, salicornia, dune pepper.

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Manitoba

Seal, smoked butter, dry dip with larch, dune pepper, Labrador tea and raspberry.

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ITHQ

Pâté with seal, foie gras and pork meat.

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Bar à vin liège

Seal tataki with hibiscus powder and rasberry sauce.

The Magdalen Islands are home to an important Canadian seal harvest; many of the seals harvested for the meat and oil sold throughout Canada are from the pristine waters around these beautiful islands.

 

On the Magdalen Islands visit Boucherie Spécialisée Côte-à-Côte for a wide array of seal (loup-marin) products. For skilfully prepared seal dishes, check out Resto des Pas Perdus, Le Loufoque (try their delicious seal breakfast), Bistro Alpha, Bistro Accents, and Château Madelinot.

Grocery Stores

Ready to prepare your own seal meat? Visit these grocery stores:

Distributors:

If you’re in the restaurant business, consider contacting one of these distributors for a source of Canadian seal meat:

Find seal meat in Ontario and Newfoundland

Ontario has a small but growing list of sources of seal meat. Try Off the Hook Fish Market in Richmond Hill or check in with Toronto’s Antler Kitchen and Bar. Antler participated in Seal Fest 2020 and created a dish with adult seal loin, blueberries, and pickled chanterelles.

 

In the Ottawa/Gatineau region, call to pre-order seal meat at these locations: Saslove’s (Byward Market and Wellington Street), Glebe Meat Market, Boucherie Gréber, and La Maison Bisson.

 

In Newfoundland, the other key location for the Canadian seal harvest, look for seal meat on sale in season at The Fish Depot and Coleman’s. The province’s top restaurants, including Chiched Bistro, Mallard Cottage, and Raymond’s feature seal on the menu in season. Recent participants in Seal Fest include Mussels on the Corner, O’Reilly’s Pub and , Yellow Belly Brewery (all in St. John’s).

 

As you can see, seal meat is starting to have a real presence in the marketplace. Now’s the time to join the wave by preparing and serving this delicious, nutritious, 100% wild and natural meat. Get ready to delight and be delighted.

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O'Reilly's Irish Pub

Seal Poutine, made with hand-cut chips, braised seal meat, cheese curds, gravy, and crispy scrunchions.

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Chinched Bistro

Grilled seal loin, smokey parsnips mash, blueberry demi-glace and candied orange.

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Antler

Harp seal loin, grilled bread, pickled chanterelles and pearl onions with a wild blueberry jus.

Oil

Pure Omega-3 Seal Oil

Seal oil is a complete source of Omega-3 (DPA + DHA + EPA) with optimized absorption given its mammalian molecular structure.

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Seal Oil

Textile

Unique Natural Fur & Leather

Seal fur and leather is a very versatile textile used in multiple applications such as accessories, footwear, outerwear and home decor.

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Seal Fur & Leather

Meat

Wild Canadian Meat

Seal meat represents an excellent source of protein and is high in iron, zinc, magnesium and vitamin B-12. This wild game meat is free from antibiotics and added hormones.

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Seal Meat

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