How to introduce a non-seafood lover to seafood?

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How can I encourage a non-seafood lover to eat seafood? I won’t force anybody or be naggy about it. But I find that when I try stuff that turned me off initially, I usually like it.

What kind of seafood dishes are OK for newbies?
I'll tell ya what I want...what I really really want.
Some people are stubborn with their eating habits. But if this person seems to be open to it, then it wouldn't hurt to try some basic seafoods like shrimp, maybe some salmon. Nothing too extreme. Like they'd probably get a bit weary if you tried to feed them lobster, or squid.

I think the fact is that your tastebuds change as you age, and that explains why you end up liking foods now that you used to hate when you were younger.

I know I used to HATE tomatoes and all types of potato salads, but now I love them!
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Breaded and deep fried.
mild tasting fish like orange roughy or flounder could be good for people who are turned of by that "fishy" smell or taste.

if texture is more of the issue, you can try more "meaty" fishes like swordfish, shark or tuna steaks.
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Is that an adult?

If it is, why would you want to do that?
Things to avoid: anything you have to disassemble to eat it. While lobster is often the gateway seafood it's hard to eat properly. It requires carnage. Personally I love the carnage. If you do do lobster do it up salad style (mmm...in a hot buttered roll....I love that it's almost Lobster Roll season!)

Also steer clear of clams and oysters and things that require you to eat the belly.

Scallops are good and mild and not gross looking (except when raw). A white fish is good too.

I also second the battered and deep fried option.
Ask they what they don't like about it. It will help determine where to go from there. Also it may come to the fact that you have a determined non-seafood eater on your hands. Here's how I see it is it's all the more yummy stuff for you!
Fried calamari

But you seem to be assuming this person has never tried seafood. Do you know that for sure? I really dislike most seafood and it's not for lack of trying. I just don't like that fishy smell or taste and never have.
I also have ethical objections to a lot of seafood, considering the way it is harvested. If land animals were harvested that way for food, there would be an uproar I bet. But sea animals live out of sight and thus mostly out of mind. So are you sure they don't have personal reasons for avoiding seafood?

Even fried, no one could convince me to eat or love seafood. I tried it again a few years ago and I'm just not about the texture or the smell.
I just want to do what I want to do when I want to do it.
Is that an adult?

If it is, why would you want to do that?
Originally Posted by criscat
Why not? Some seafood is good for you (I know...I know...mercury). If I can introduce a person to a new experience they might like, great! I like it when that happens to me. If he's not open to it, I won't push. I'll ask once then move on.

Fried calamari

But you seem to be assuming this person has never tried seafood. Do you know that for sure? I really dislike most seafood and it's not for lack of trying. I just don't like that fishy smell or taste and never have.
I also have ethical objections to a lot of seafood, considering the way it is harvested. If land animals were harvested that way for food, there would be an uproar I bet. But sea animals live out of sight and thus mostly out of mind. So are you sure they don't have personal reasons for avoiding seafood?
Originally Posted by iris427
No, I'm not assuming. I was going to mention in my post that I don't know what seafood/if any he's tried, but I forgot to.
I'll tell ya what I want...what I really really want.
Is that an adult?

If it is, why would you want to do that?
Originally Posted by criscat
This was my first thought as well.

If someone told me that they didn't like seafood, the last thing I would do would be to try and make them eat it...or take them somewhere that does "only" seafood.

If he's said that he doesn't like seafood, then I would assume that he's either 1) had it and doesn't like it, 2) hasn't ever had it and has no interest in trying it.

Also assuming that this is date #4, the last thing I would do if I wanted date #5 is suggest a place that I KNEW he wouldn't like. That seems kind of counter productive to me.
You mean this person never tried seafood? Weird.
Why not? Some seafood is good for you (I know...I know...mercury). If I can introduce a person to a new experience they might like, great! I like it when that happens to me. If he's not open to it, I won't push. I'll ask once then move on.
Originally Posted by SpiceCurls
Well, unless you offer the "person" fugu, I doubt this is going to be an exciting new experience. You sound mommyish with this seafood is good for ya


This was my first thought as well.

If someone told me that they didn't like seafood, the last thing I would do would be to try and make them eat it...or take them somewhere that does "only" seafood.

If he's said that he doesn't like seafood, then I would assume that he's either 1) had it and doesn't like it, 2) hasn't ever had it and has no interest in trying it.

Also assuming that this is date #4, the last thing I would do if I wanted date #5 is suggest a place that I KNEW he wouldn't like. That seems kind of counter productive to me.
Originally Posted by M2LR
Indeedy!
Plus, if it's only date #4, I think it's almost too early to try the "I want you to try new things!!!" angle. You're still kind of getting to know each other.

I don't know, it's just not something that I would do.
Is that an adult?

If it is, why would you want to do that?
Originally Posted by criscat
Why not? Some seafood is good for you (I know...I know...mercury). If I can introduce a person to a new experience they might like, great! I like it when that happens to me. If he's not open to it, I won't push. I'll ask once then move on.

Fried calamari

But you seem to be assuming this person has never tried seafood. Do you know that for sure? I really dislike most seafood and it's not for lack of trying. I just don't like that fishy smell or taste and never have.
I also have ethical objections to a lot of seafood, considering the way it is harvested. If land animals were harvested that way for food, there would be an uproar I bet. But sea animals live out of sight and thus mostly out of mind. So are you sure they don't have personal reasons for avoiding seafood?
Originally Posted by iris427
No, I'm not assuming. I was going to mention in my post that I don't know what seafood/if any he's tried, but I forgot to.
Originally Posted by SpiceCurls
OK now I'm confused. You said you don't know what kind of seafood he's had or if he's tried it. So yes, you're assuming that he hasn't tried it.

Sorry, but I'm an adult and if I tell someone I don't like a certain kind of food, I hope they would give me the benefit of the doubt that I know what I like and don't like. It would really annoy me if I told someone I didn't like something and then they tried to push it on me. Especially someone I had recently started dating.

My two cents as someone who doesn't like seafood.

It's not for date 4...It was an idea for maybe down the road. LIKE I SAID, I'll ask if he might want to try it. If not, then fine. I won't make it for him. I'm not going to "make" him eat it either and I'm certainly not taking him to any seafood restaurants.

How is not knowing what kind of seafood he's had (or if he's tried it) assuming that he hasn't tried it?

I don't know means I don't know. So I must find out. Not assume. And no one is pushing. I said I'll ask. This is getting weird.
I'll tell ya what I want...what I really really want.

Last edited by SpiceCurls; 05-14-2008 at 04:24 PM.
You mean this person never tried seafood? Weird.
Originally Posted by criscat
Um, not really. It could depend on the person's upbringing. Perhaps they simply weren't exposed to seafood while growing up for cultural reasons. Maybe a parent had an intense dislike for seafood, or perhaps a parent or sibling had a seafood allergy. A number of scenerios could apply.

SpiceCurls, the next time you and this person go out to dinner, if you order a seafood dish, politely ask, "Would you like to taste some of my ____?" If they refuse, don't push it, simply enjoy your dinner.

I'm with midgi - as someone who doesn't care for seafood, you'll have to let that person come around on their own terms and in their own timing. IF they express an interest in wanting to try it, start them out s-l-o-w-l-y, like on something that's firm and not so fishy tasting.

hth
You mean this person never tried seafood? Weird.
Originally Posted by criscat
Um, not really. It could depend on the person's upbringing. Perhaps they simply weren't exposed to seafood while growing up for cultural reasons. Maybe a parent had an intense dislike for seafood, or perhaps a parent or sibling had a seafood allergy. A number of scenerios could apply.

SpiceCurls, the next time you and this person go out to dinner, if you order a seafood dish, politely ask, "Would you like to taste some of my ____?" If they refuse, don't push it, simply enjoy your dinner.

I'm with midgi - as someone who doesn't care for seafood, you'll have to let that person come around on their own terms and in their own timing. IF they express an interest in wanting to try it, start them out s-l-o-w-l-y, like on something that's firm and not so fishy tasting.

hth
Originally Posted by vegas_curls
Good idea - that's one way to do it.
I'll tell ya what I want...what I really really want.
It's not for date 4...It was an idea for maybe down the road. LIKE I SAID, I'll ask if he might want to try it. If not, then fine. I won't make it for him. I'm not going to "make" him eat it either and I'm certainly not taking him to any seafood restaurants.

How is not knowing what kind of seafood he's had (or if he's tried it) assuming that he hasn't tried it?

I don't know means I don't know. So I must find out. Not assume. And no one is pushing. I said I'll ask. This is getting weird.
Originally Posted by SpiceCurls
Because if you don't know, you don't ask about how to get someone who doesn't like seafood to eat it on a message board. You ask the person themselves if they like it.

You specifically said in your OP that he is a non-seafood lover and you want to introduce him to seafood. Introduce means present something new to someone. So, yes, you are assuming he has never tried it.

Yes, there is ambiguity in the OP, that's where the confusion came from.

Anyway, now I'm curious Spice Curls. Tell us more, why didn't the person ever tried seafood?

Or did has he tried it, didn't like it (non-seafood lover), but now you want to persuade him to eat it because seafood is good for you?
Yes, there is ambiguity in the OP, that's where the confusion came from.

Anyway, now I'm curious Spice Curls. Tell us more, why didn't the person ever tried seafood?

Or did has he tried it, didn't like it (non-seafood lover), but now you want to persuade him to eat it because seafood is good for you?
Originally Posted by criscat
She doesn't know if he's tried seafood, if he liked it, or what kind he's tried. She said that in an earlier post. That's why I'm confused.

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