The most popular types of seafood

1) Lobster

Lobster is a popular (but expensive) variety of shellfish.

While it is very nutritious, it is an occasional treat food for most people due to its high price tag.

Lobster is high in protein and it offers a good range of essential nutrients for very few calories.

On the downside, lobster is one of the most common causes of allergic reaction among shellfish, behind shrimp and crab (24).

Lobster offers the following nutrients per 100 g (26):

  • Calories: 88 kcal

  • Carbohydrate: 0 g

  • Fat: 0.9 g

  • Omega-3: 250 mg

  • Omega-6: 7 mg

  • Protein: 19.0 g

Key Nutrients

  • Copper: 172% DV

  • Selenium: 132% DV

  • Vitamin B12: 60% DV

  • Zinc: 37% DV

  • Pantothenic acid: 33% DV

2) Eel

While eel is very long and it may slightly resemble a snake, it is actually a variety of fish.

This fish has long been a traditional food in much of Europe and the United States, but it has declined in popularity over recent decades.

In recent times, eel is incredibly popular in East Asia, particularly in China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

Eel has an impressive nutritional profile, and it offers the following nutrients per 100 g (27):

  • Calories: 236 kcal

  • Carbohydrate: 0 g

  • Fat: 15.0 g

  • Omega-3: 580 mg

  • Omega-6: 370 mg

  • Protein: 23.7 g

Key Nutrients

  • Vitamin A: 126% DV

  • Vitamin B12: 120% DV

  • Vitamin D: 53% DV

  • Vitamin E: 34% DV

  • Niacin: 28% DV

3) Fish Roe

Fish roe is otherwise known as fish eggs.

While not such a common food in the Western world, it is extremely popular in Japan and Eastern Russia.

Fish roe is also extremely nutritious and packs an impressive amount of nutrients including omega-3, vitamin D, significant amounts of protein, and much more.

There are many different kinds of roe, so there is no set of generic nutritional values.

4) Sashimi

Sashimi is a Japanese raw fish delicacy that comes in all shapes and forms.

Providing the raw fish has been prepared properly, it is also very nutritious as well as tasting delicious.

Some of the most popular types of sashimi include bream, salmon, shrimp, and tuna.