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The Best (Non-Fish) Seafood, Ranked

Updated June 14, 2019 11.2k votes 1.9k voters 82.5k 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!


  • Oysters
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    Ways to Eat Them: Raw (on ice, with vinegar and/or lemon), grilled, smoked, steamed, baked, boiled, pickled, poached, fried, in a po' boy; usually by the half-dozen or whole dozen or 3 dozen.

    Pros: Supposedly an aphrodisiac (but only because they look suggestive wink). Easy to share. Varieties from different places / bodies of water all taste different. Come in their own little shotglasses. You sort of swallow them whole, so chewing is not an issue.

    Cons: Sometimes have actual sand in them. They look like placenta. 

    Delicious or nah?

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  • Ways to Eat It: The same ways that you would eat a few very, very expensive shrimp.

    Pros: Pale orange, narrow, and delicate, the langoustine is like a sexy little lobster. 

    Cons: The Latin name of this animal is Nephrops norvegicus, which means Norwegian kidney eye. Also, a May 2015 article in Bon Appetit magazine named langoustines "the new foie gras." Oh, brother.

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  • Octopus
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    Ways to Eat It: Grilled, fried, boiled, steamed, raw, roasted, hot, chilled, adult, baby, dead, or even alive!

    Pros: Great, how fun. It's a little octopus. There are its little suckers.

    Cons: Real talk: Octopuses are really, really smart. In captivity, they have learned how to solve problems over time, remembered and interacted with favored human handlers, liked to be "pet," and even played with toys (rather than instinctively eaten or rejected them as food). Continued research shows that an octopus has cognition far beyond that of any other invertebrate - which might include knowing that it is being eaten alive. (A nice, fun book with lots of octopus science facts & anecdotes is The Soul of the Octopus by Sy Montgomery.)


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  • Ways to Eat It: Pan-fried, poached, grilled, baked, cut into rings if you want - and the ink is commonly used in pasta and rice dishes.

    Pros: Pretty much the same as a squid. Do you like squid?

    Cons: Small, precarious, and full of ink, the cuttlefish (or "sepia") is messy and difficult to clean and cook, which means it is usually costs a little more. 

    Just for Fun: Here is full National Geographic documentary about cuttlefish camouflage. Go ahead, take a 53-minute break from your life to watch the show!
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