Can I make myself like seafood?
April 3, 2007 3:04 PM Subscribe
Is there any way to acquire a taste for seafood after a lifetime of total disgust? Why is this distaste for seafood something I can't seem to get over?
posted by tastybrains to Food & Drink (51 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I do not like seafood. At all. For as long as I can remember, I have found the smell, taste, texture, and even concept of eating fish or shellfish repulsive. I've tried forcing myself to eat it, telling myself that everyone else must seem to like it for a reason, and that I just need to keep trying it. Well, I have choked down a lot of seafood, some of which made me gag, some of which I could eat a few bites of, but none that I found even remotely pleasant to eat.
I live in New England and have a family and in-laws and husband who all lust after seafood. I have tried a lot of fish & shellfish. I have tried ahi steaks & swordfish steaks after being told that they aren't fishy in taste or texture. I've tried fish & sticks and popcorn shrimp in the hopes that the deep-frying would make it tolerable. I've tried crab dip and shrimp cocktail and clam chowder. I've tried gorgeous, expensive lobster with butter that I *really* wanted to like (and expected to like) and found that it tasted (to me) kind of how body odor smells. This isn't an isolated case, I've tried lobster a few times and had the same strong, unpleasant taste from it each time, even though everyone else eating the lobster said it was perfect and exactly as lobster should taste.
The only seafood I have found remotely tolerable (and this means I can eat a few bites without gagging or feeling grossed out, not that I actually enjoyed it) is (1) raw salmon sushi rolls when the salmon is very thinly sliced and paired with avocado & rice, (2) california rolls which I know isn't even real crab, and only sometimes I can stand the texture of the fake-crab (3) very specific tuna salads made with white albacore (not the cat-food like pink stuff) and just the right amount of mayo ... I have only found these tuna salads that I can eat at NY delis & bagel shops. I also once had some shrimp at a hibachi restaurant that wasn't too bad, but when I tried it again at the same place I couldn't eat it beyond a single bite.
The thing is that I am trying to eat healthier and I know seafood is an often low-fat, high protein food that a lot of other people seem to enjoy. I wish I liked it and could look forward to some gri. What is blocking me from being a ble to enjoy seafood? Is this just the way I'm wired?
I'm not a picky eater - I will try almost anything at least once and I like a lot of different foods and cuisines.
By the way, I'm 26 years old, and I've disliked fish since I was about 3 or 4. I think it started when my parents bribed me to finish my (breaded flounder) dinner, and I have had serious hatred of seafood ever since.
Also note that I think the concept of eating bugs (like mealworms or crickets) less disgusting than eating a slab of fish. What is wrong with me?