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Can You Eat Fish Eyes?

While the idea of fish eyes, especially consuming them, may freak you out, it doesn’t mean that it’s off the table. Fish eyes are high in omega 3 fatty acids. They also contain a high amount of protein.

close up of a fish's eye

Most of us seek to live a more sustainable lifestyle and since so many parts of the fish are tossed away, eating fish eyes isn’t as far out of the question as you may think. So, can you eat fish eyes?

Do People Eat Fish Eyes? 

Yes, people eat fish eyes! Not only can you eat fish eyes, but it is also actually quite good for you. They are packed with protein and omega 3 fatty acids and surprisingly have a good flavor to them.

person holding a raw fish eye

Not only that, but eating fish eyes can also help lower the amount of waste we are producing by consuming more parts of the fish. Good for you, good tasting, and good for the environment – what could be better?

Fish eyes are even considered delicacies in some parts of the world. Due to their taste and their health benefits, it is predicted that consuming fish eyes is only going to grow in popularity in the coming years.

What Do They Taste Like? 

If you’re looking to be more adventurous when it comes to what you eat, fish eyes should be rising to the top of your list.

The taste of fish eyes can vary depending on the type of the fish, the size of the fish, and whether or not they were found in saltwater or freshwater. Also, the means by which they are prepared are going to delegate the flavor.

fresh tuna fish eyes for sale in a market

Some people compare consuming fish eyes to that of eating oysters raw. Others also state that they are packed with flavor that’s surprisingly rich. Many say that trying fish eyes is a true culinary experience that everybody should try at least once.

Since they can be prepared in multiple ways from trying, to grilling, to broiling and even raw – there are many ways to try them!

Are They Edible? 

Fish eyes are completely edible. The texture, consistency, and burst of flavor aren’t necessarily something that everybody is used to but those who have tried fish eyes all agree that it’s worth the experience. 

closeup of fish eye

The amount of flavor packed into a single fisheye is said to provide a great culinary experience that may seem odd at first. Yet, it’s also suggested to let the eye sit in your mouth for a moment to fully experience the range of flavor.

Can You Eat Them Raw? 

Surprisingly, you can actually eat fish eyes raw. It is recommended, however, by those who enjoy them, to first try them cooked before diving into eating them raw.

bowl of fish head soup

Oftentimes, when served in soups and broths, the fish eyes themselves are actually left raw. They are said to hold the same type of flavor raw as they are cooked but the texture might be less surprising when first tried cooked.

Are They Safe to Eat? 

Not only are fish eyes completely safe to eat, but they are also packed with a bunch of protein and omega 3 fatty acids that are very healthy. There is no risk of poison or anything undesirable when consuming fish eyes.

While consuming fish eyes may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to eating fish, they are completely edible, safe to eat, and are actually healthy for you.

fish eyeball and other parts at a market

Those who eat fish eyes often would suggest trying a cooked version first before moving on to the raw stuff.

Either way, they are good for you and sustainable since fewer parts of the fish are wasted. If you’re on the fence, go ahead and give them a try! You may find you really enjoy them.

Final Thoughts

So, the answer to your question is yes! Not only, can you eat fish eyes, but they are actually considered a delicacy in many parts of the world. Fish eyes are also packed full of nutrients and minerals that your body needs, so they’re very healthy as well.

Don’t be afraid to try eating a fish eye the next time you come across a fresh one in your fishing excursions!

Rocco Smith

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