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Gourmet Foods 101
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Gourmet Seafood

Shrimp, Lobster, Crab, Salmon, Halibut Scallops, Clams & Mussels

There are just as many animals under the water as there are above it, providing us humans with some fine-tasting food. Gourmet seafood is eaten in just about every country on the planet, especially those which are situated by or contain large bodies of water. Despite its name, not all seafood comes from the ocean; there are many fine fresh water varieties, too.

There are some famous and popular types of seafood around the world, and like most eating habits, these will depend on the area of the globe that you live in. In North America, some of the most consumed gourmet seafood includes shrimp, crab, lobster, scallops, clams, mussels, calamari and crayfish. Of course, there are also many varieties of fine tasting fish that are eaten daily across the nation and some of these include catfish, salmon, cod, halibut, whitefish, bluefish and sole. In fact, we love seafood so much that we often import it from other countries, just to add to the variety since many types of seafood are only found in certain parts of the world. This is often done with sturgeon fish eggs that are used to make caviar and with squid or octopus. Although some caviars are produced in North America most of it is imported from Russia and Iran.

The area of the world in which you live may also dictate the method you cook your gourmet seafood. You can grill it, barbecue it, broil it, fry it, bake it, smoke it and boil it. You can also eat it raw if you are a fan of sushi. If you are cooking your gourmet seafood, remember that it doesn't take very long to cook. You don't want to dry out your fish or turn your shrimp and calamari into rubber.

A lot of people complain that certain types of fish taste too fishy. I know this sounds like a strange thing to say, but if you have tried different types of fish you will probably understand what it means. Some people can handle large amounts of seafood while others prefer it in small doses. If you prefer the latter, then you will be glad to know that you can use small portions of gourmet seafood as ingredients for dishes such as pizzas and stews along with mixed platters.