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When you say "eat more fish," does that include shellfish?

I just watched your video on eating more fish. Is shellfish (shrimp, lobster, etc.) included when you are speaking of eating more fish?

Dr. Gourmet Says....

Paella, a Spanish rice dish with shrimp or other seafood and sausage

This is a great question. There is certainly benefit from eating shellfish including crustaceans like shrimp, lobster and crabs. Likewise, mollusks such as oysters, clams and mussels have shown benefit as well. Both crustaceans and mollusks are generally not as high in Omega-3 fats as other seafood. Dark fish including tuna, salmon, sardenes and mackerel are associated with the most benefit. Shrimp, clams and mussels are great choices, also.

There has been some recent evidence that some fresh water fish, including tilapia and catfish, might be lower in Omega-3 fats and higher in Omega-6 fats. It's been shown that the most beneficial ratio is higher Omega-3 with lower Omega-6.

The key with fish and seafood is the same with all ingredients: eat a wide variety. Mix it up. Have tuna, salmon, shrimp, catfish, mussels, halibut and other fish often, eating many varieties frequently.

Here are some great shellfish recipes you might try, or look at all of our healthy shellfish recipes or all our healthy fish recipes.


Barbecue Shrimp
Crunchy Peanut Shrimp
Shrimp Chile Relleno
Shrimp Jambalaya


Pizza with Scallops and Thai Peanut Sauce
Scallops Gratin
Curried Sea Scallops | Low Sodium Version
Scallops with Yellow Pepper Sauce | Low Sodium Version


Corn Bisque with Crabmeat
Crab Avocado Shrimp Salad
Crab Cakes (Gluten-Free Crab Cakes | Low Sodium Version)
Creamy Crab and Asparagus Fettuccine
Southwest Crab Cakes

Thanks for writing,

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
Dr. Gourmet