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Seaweed is a famous cuisine served by high-end restaurants to street-side hotels. It is also versatile, ranging from the main course meal to a dessert topping. But why does Seaweed taste like Fish? 

That’s the biggest question. Some people grow fond of this fishy flavor of Seaweed, while some are pretty reserved about the fact. 

Sit back and buckle up! We’ll take you through all your common seaweed queries and make you an expert in its taste, smell, texture, benefits, and more. If you are confused about Seaweed, you are going to get it cleared. 

What does Seaweed Taste Like? 

Oh, it’s just fishy!!

Did you say that? If you did, you are neither entirely right nor completely wrong. 

71% of the ocean surface on our planet earth does not only consists of fishy-tasting Seaweeds. There are different kinds of seaweeds with varying profiles of flavors. Not only have they differed in tastes, but also in shapes and colors. 

Some have a salty and savory flavor. Some other kinds got a briny and crunchy taste. Some also taste like Fish. While some of them do taste meaty and juicy.

The taste scope is vast, just like where it comes from. 

Many would say it tastes salty. Well, it does. But doesn’t that make sense when considering where it came from? All seafood has a salty flavor since they come from saline oceans. But it is not extravagant and immoderate. They carry specks of saltiness in them when they leave the saucepans. And the naturally blended salinity makes them taste unique and impeccable. 

In general, seaweeds have a mineral-ly taste, a touch of spiciness and bitterness, and a meaty flavor. The taste of Seaweed is categorized as the “umami” taste by food experts after years of research and analysis. 

“Umami? I’ve never heard of it”, you may wonder. Let me impart some light to you. 

Umami is the fifth identified “taste” that our taste buds can recognize. And Seaweed falls under this category of taste. Japanese describe this fifth sense of taste as “the spirit of deliciousness.” 

Why Does Seaweed Taste Like Fish? 

No, the backstory of seaweed tasting like Fish isn’t as complicated as you think. It is relatively simple. 

Seaweed and Fish have something in common, making them taste more or less similar. 

Trimethylamine is a substance that is present in the cells of Fish that is highly responsible for its unique smell and taste. Trimethylamine is also present in Seaweed, which co-habits with the Fish undersea. 

This is why you can taste hints of fish taste in Seaweed. 

Some people love this meaty flavor of Fish in Seaweed, while some openly despise it as it makes them less appetizing. 

Well. No offense! 

We’re still here to help you out. Whether you are a supporter of the fishy flavor or a complete opponent, let’s get moving as we’re discussing how to enhance and diminish the fishiness in Seaweed to personalize it for you. 

How to Enhance Fishiness in Seaweed? 

If you have chosen a fishy-tasting seaweed to enhance the taste, you can try a few things, 

  • Use it as an ingredient in sushi rolls. 
  • Sprinkle it over other foods, desserts and etc. 
  • Do not involve cooking procedures that are deemed to alter the smell and taste. 

Although there is not much to do, you can enhance it pretty enough when done, as advised above. 

How to Make Seaweed Taste Less Salty? 

So you’re not a fan of the fishiness that Seaweed has to provide but are down for the nutritional value? 

Well, you have got some ways you can use to diminish the outstanding fishiness in the Seaweed. Here are they, 

  • Add foods with outshining flavor to put down Seaweed’s dominant Fish like flavor 
  • Use in small amounts with other foods 
  • Cook it well 
  • Pre-soak the content 

You will be able to lower the domineering fish taste by doing so. 

If you do not like the fish flavor, you can opt for Seaweed, which has no fish flavor. 

Are There Seaweeds Without Fish Taste in Them? 

All seaweeds have a hint of ocean in them. But does that not mean all of them to have a fish taste. By implying “a hint of the ocean,” I meant the mineral flavor it carries. 

Along with this mineral flavor, seaweeds come with many other taste spectrums, one being fishy-tasting Seaweed. 

So what other seaweed kind does not taste at all like Fish? 

A dried seaweed called dulse is prevalent in this category, as it tastes like bacon. It belongs to the family of algae and is red in color. They have a strong bacon taste. 

Good news – this is going to be an ideal option for you if you are a vegan or someone that’s craving bacon but got cholesterol issues. 

Are All Seaweeds Edible? 

No, not all seaweeds are suitable for ingestion. Some seaweeds have harmful content that can cause severe concerns and even death when consumed. Some of the common edible types of seaweed include, 

  • Dulse 
  • Kelp
  • Chlorella 
  • Nori 
  • Arame 
  • Wakame 
  • Kombu 

Is Seaweed Good for Health? 

Seaweed is not only a great source of deliciousness but also nutrients. Seaweeds have numerous proven health benefits to them. 

Let us discuss some of its significant advantages to our health.

  • An iodine-rich food that will promote thyroid functions. 
  • Improves gut health as they are rich in fibers. 
  • Cardiac healthy (good for the heart) since it is proven to reduce LDL cholesterol levels in the system. 
  • Helps to keep blood sugar levels balanced and prevents the risk of type 2 diabetes. 
  • Reduces estrogen levels in female bodies and maintains them at an optimal point, preventing breast cancer risks. 
  • The immune system is boosted with anti-viral and bacterial properties. 

However, too much of anything is good for nothing. If you overdo it, it will result in bad outcomes. Keeping the consumption balanced, adding a portion now and then to your meals will suffice your nutritional needs and keep you healthy and content. 

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