December 1, 2021

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A Quick Guide to the Different Types of Seafood

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“Wanna go out for seafood?”

It seems so harmless a question. Still, many of us are surprisingly embarrassed to answer because we honestly don’t know.

For example, it may be that you were raised in a household where someone had seafood allergies. Or, you grew up in a farming community that just wasn’t all that into seafood. So, you never really got around to trying it. 

In any case, if you’re interested in experiencing the world of edible sea life for the first time, we can help. Below is a guide that explains the different types of seafood in detail for your consideration. Read on to learn all about them.

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1. Fish

If you’ve never had any other types of seafood, you may have at least had a tuna sandwich or fish sticks. Although, these aren’t exactly what seafood connoisseurs have in mind when you ask them about fish.

They’ll tell you about the wild trout, cod, or catfish that they caught themselves. And, as a general rule, any fish tastes better, and less “fishy,” the fresher it is.

Speaking of less fishy, swordfish steaks and salmon are good choices for those who don’t much like the flavor of fish. Salmon tastes very much like soft ham. And the taste of swordfish is often compared to that of chicken.

2. Mollusks

The most popular types of seafood in the mollusk category are clams, oysters, mussels, and scallops. The meat of these mollusks is often served in the shell or removed from the shell to use in soups and chowders. It has a very soft texture and a mild, fishy taste.

Other mollusks include octopi and squids. These are often served boiled or deep-fried and battered.

3. Crustaceans

Crustaceans include shrimp, crabs, and lobsters. Lobsters are commonly regarded as the tastiest type of seafood there is. To determine this for yourself, here’s a great link to click for lobster recipes.

Shrimp are extremely popular seafood dishes, usually as an appetizer or a side dish. These, too, are served boiled or battered and deep-fried. Crabs are used as an ingredient for dishes like crab cakes, crab dip, and sushi.

4. Roe

Roe is the official name for fish egg dishes like caviar. A lot of people do not like the (very salty) taste of roe. But most are reluctant to say so because they’re only eating it for status, anyway.

5. Sushi

Lastly, sushi can include all types of seafood on this list. The seafood (or vegetarian) ingredients are packed in rice and wrapped in seaweed to create bite-sized servings.

Quite often, the fish used in sushi is prepared and served raw. And, surprisingly, it’s safe to eat and tastes less fishy than most cooked seafood dishes.

Try These Different Types of Seafood

Now, all that’s left to do is to go out there and try all of these different types of seafood for yourself. But before you do, print this guide out as a checklist. Then, have fun checking off these popular seafood types.

Next, get tips on what to cook for dinner this week. Or, learn about several awesome uses for olive oil. Read plenty of great content like this in our Food & Cooking archives.

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