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The Best (Non-Fish) Seafood, Ranked

Updated June 14, 2019 11.7k votes 1.9k voters 85.2k 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!

 

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  • Abalone
    Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY

    Ways to Eat It: Raw on sushi, steamed, boiled, breaded & fried, etc.

    Pros: Considered a delicacy in many places on earth, which makes you a very lucky consumer.

    Cons: Cooked abalone is usually fermented (i.e. way too salty) and can be rubbery. Raw, it is like sweet chewy fish. And let's be honest: it looks so gross.
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  • Sea Urchin
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY

    Ways to Eat It: Raw / however a restaurant serves it to you.

    Pros: No one wants to share with you. Go ahead, it's all yours!

    Cons: Looks and smells exactly like cat vomit.
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  • Sea Cucumber
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY

    Ways to Eat It: Don't order it, immediately throw it away, pretend to be allergic, etc.

    Pros: Great, now you can eat something else and not make people look at your sea cucumber during dinner.

    Cons: You have already made everyone sick just by bringing it up. We are all trying to enjoy ourselves here. Please shape up or ship out.
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