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The Best (Non-Fish) Seafood, Ranked

Updated June 14, 2019 10.9k votes 1.8k voters 81.5k views15 items

List RulesNo actual fish, please - only non-fish invertebrate animals that live in the ocean. Vote up the best tasting types you have eaten and enjoyed. Also no turtles.

Everyone loves seafood, including people who are allergic to shellfish. But what are the best kinds of seafood? This is a list of all of your favorite crustaceans, cephalopods, and mollusks, ranked by how often you would like to eat them. Each sea creature is listed here for you to vote up if you think it is delicious. Some great things about seafood include that they are mostly protein and that they are mostly water, which means virtually no calories. You can eat 14 lbs. of shrimp and not gain a single human pound. Also, many / most types of sea animals can be eaten grilled, boiled, or even raw, so it comes right to your plate looking like it just accidentally took a detour out of the sea and not disguised like something else. Eat it how it is, or just add a little lemon juice or butter if you want. Just don't forget to remove the head LOL!

What is your favorite type of seafood? What kind of platter do you want at Joe's Crab Shack or Red Lobster or wherever you are taking your crush tonight? Maybe you can order a lobster tail like an aristocrat, or shrimp prepared six different ways like the local comptroller. Does your menu offer a dozen or even a bucket of clams? If so, you might have to decide between those and the mussels with the French fries, just like Napoleon Bonaparte once did. If your favorite seafood is crab, crawfish, or sea urchin, it is your lucky day, because those items are on this list for you to vote up up up as you please.

For the sake of brevity, this list doesn't include actual fish that are just regular fish. You know what that means. It is great if you are like, "My favorite seafood is fish," but this list is only about non-fish. Great; please vote up the animals that you think are the best kinds of seafoods to eat. If you are like "Yuck, I hate all seafood and/or am allergic to it," no need to do anything at all!


  • Clams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best (Non-Fish) Seafood, Ranked
    Photo: flickr / CC0

    Ways to Eat Them: Steamed, baked, boiled, raw, fried, clam chowder (the red or the white), clambake, in pasta, in soup, in whatever else you want really.

    Pros: They are pretty good in the shells and also out. Why don't you get some for the table?

    Cons: If you don't like to chew gooey things or the taste of the sea, you will not like clams.
    Delicious or nah?
  • Crawfish / Crayfish / Crawdads is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best (Non-Fish) Seafood, Ranked
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY

    Ways to Eat Them: Boiled crawfish, fried crawfish, crawfish étouffée, crawfish beignets (and all of those things said like "crayfish" or "crawdads" or even "crawdaddies"; the preferred nomenclature is regional.)

    Pros: If you like seafood, Old Bay, eating outside, corn, little potatoes, beer, socializing, pulling the heads off of animals, and personal challenges to eat 100 of something, maybe a crawfish boil is right up your alley!

    Cons: Sometimes, yellow goo comes out with the meat. 
    Delicious or nah?
  • Mussels is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best (Non-Fish) Seafood, Ranked
    Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY

    Ways to Eat Them: Steamed, boiled, smoked, roasted, barbecued, fried, etc.

    Pros: You can just get the moules frites.

    Cons: Well, none, really, except that there are never enough do you know what I'm saying?
    Delicious or nah?

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  • Ways to Eat It: Grilled, sautéed, fried, cut into long pieces or rings, even just the legs alone by themselves.

    Pros: Hey! Let's get some fried calamari! And then dip this squid in marinara sauce! This sea animal will taste just like an onion ring!!

    Cons: Can you be sure that ring of squid meat isn't really just a ring of pig rectum
    Delicious or nah?
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