Whether you like to incorporate a lot of seafood because of the health benefits of this nutritionally packed food type or you simply love the taste, it’s easy to get sick of fish. Yes, different fish can bring new tastes and textures to the table but they are all relatively in the same ballpark. As such, we’re going to look at some excellent seafood alternatives to fish and, to go a step further, name some methods of cooking them that bring an even more diverse range of taste sensations to the table.
When it comes to seafood tastes that are nowhere near close to fishy, then crab is one of the easiest options. This delectably soft meat can be cooked in a ton of ways and crab claws are one of the easiest ways to do it. Crab cakes aren’t that much more difficult, but there’s a good way to get away from the texture if you want to switch it up, using breadcrumbs or mashed potatoes to stick things together and give it a really good bite. Of course, it’s very easy to mix pepper, onion, or garlic into the mix too to give some extra dimension to the flavors involved.
Prawns are excellent for their simplicity. Rarely do you need to do too much to them. Just cook them and toss them into a salad and you are good to go. However, if you have never done it, then pan-fried prawns can give quite the taste sensation. Prawns already have a bit of bite of them, but the extra crisp and the settling flavor of the oil can do a lot to make them an especially more-ish treat.
If you’re trying to get far away from the fishy taste, then oysters often aren’t going to help. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. This fried oysters recipe takes the southern approach to things, using cornmeal and buttermilk to give them the kind of classic crunch you’d expect from fried chicken. A little extra Creole seasoning heightens the savory flavor of the dish, as well. Not only can it work as a main, but it’s surprisingly good to make as a midday snack or a party food as well. Your guests probably haven’t had oysters like this.
The idea of dealing with tentacles when you are cooking might be a little hard to imagine, but anyone who has tried can tell you that, as far as seafood cuisine goes, there are few foods more delicious than takoyaki octopus balls. You can get chopped fresh boiled octopus as well, and you mix it with spring onion, pickled ginger, and tempura flakes, before making a batter to cook it inside, topping it off with takoyaki sauce and Japanese mayonnaise. It’s no overstatement to say the takoyaki is heavenly.
If you’re a lover of seafood but you haven’t had any of the treats named above, then you need to get on it. You’ll be surprised just how delicious they can be.