Fish is one of the best mains for a meal. Many of us enjoy it on a daily basis and fish recipes can be extremely versatile and packed with nutrients and vitamins that we need to function.
But what if you wanted to have a variety of fish on a plate? Would it be okay to eat different fish together? Is it good for you or could you get sick?
We answer these questions and more. This article examines if you can eat different fish together, how you might do this and if that’s good for you or not.
So, read on for more!
Benefits Of Eating Fish
It’s critical that we eat a healthy and balanced diet and one of the ways we can do that is by enjoying fish as a main part of our meals now and again.
Fish is packed with omega 3 fatty acids which includes vitamin B2 and vitamin D – both of which are critical in the development of our bodies. These vitamins are good for our skin, good for our alertness levels and our heart health.
Due to the inclusion of phosphorus, zinc, potassium and magnesium – experts recommend that we enjoy fish as a meal at least two times a week.
Of course, whilst you’re eating fish, you should certainly include vegetables on the plate and really ramp up the balance and healthy side of things.
Great – So, Can You Eat Multiple Fish In One Meal?
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying different fish as part of a meal. Sushi for example is a popular Japanese dish that is a variety of raw fish.
In reality, what you should be focusing on when it comes to eating many different fish is the caloric value of the meal itself, how you cook the fish and the type of fish you’re eating.
We are mostly aware that it’s important to pay attention to the amount of calories that we intake on a daily basis and try to burn off as many calories as we can to avoid weight gain.
Of course, by adding more fish to a meal, the more calories you will ultimately consume – so you’ll want to be aware of this.
When it comes to food preparation, different fish need to be cooked at different temperatures, in different ways and for different durations of time. Unless you are eating sushi, you’ll need to pay attention to the cooking instructions for each fish.
So, while there is nothing wrong with eating different fish together – you’ll need to pay attention to:
- Food preparation
- Tastes and blends
- Caloric value
However, while fish together may be okay, fish and meat on a plate may not be the same which we’ll examine later.
Multiple Fish Dishes
If you’re thinking of having a mixed fish dish, consider making yourself one of the following:
- Fish cakes
- Fish pie
- Fish stew
- Seafood fried rice
- Seafood salad
- Seafood tagine
Can You Eat Fish And Meat Together?
There are actually multiple dishes where fish and meat are served together, but this is normally shellfish with meat, also known as a “surf and turf”.
This is typically shrimp, scampi and steak on a plate. You are not likely to see a large fish on a plate with something like a steak or chicken.
However, what you need to be aware of is the dangers of cross contamination. Fish and meat are usually kept separately and need to be prepared and cooked separately.
If you combine the two, during preparation you may become ill if you fall foul of cross contamination. If this happens, you may experience:
However, if you are able to prepare and cook fish and meat thoroughly and separately – there’s nothing wrong with eating both of these together!
Once again though, you’ll need to be aware of what dish you will be creating. What meat goes well with what fish? What vegetables should I incorporate into this meal? What sauce would compliment this?
After you’ve done this, you will enjoy a tasty but very packed meal! So again, you need to be mindful of caloric value.
Fish And Meat Dishes
If you are looking for ideas for some meals that incorporate fish and meat, consider the following popular dishes:
- Cantonese pork and shrimp
- Surf and turf
- Pad Thai
Can You Eat Fish And Dairy Together?
There is a long running myth that eating dairy products and fish together (or in the same sitting) is toxic to your stomach.
However, there’s no scientific evidence for this and the likelihood is that you can enjoy fish with dairy with no problems. Having said this though, there are a number of factors that may play a role in this, including:
- Stomach problems
- Conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome
- Allergies to fish or dairy products
- Lactose intolerance
If you have any of these conditions above, you will likely react to fish or dairy products separately anyway. If you have multiple of these above conditions, you will find the reaction is much worse.
If you do experience any reactions from eating fish, you should consult your doctor immediately.
Can You Eat Fish And Vegetables Together?
Yes! Absolutely! In fact, it’s highly recommended that you incorporate as many different vegetables with your meals as possible.
When it comes to fish dishes, you will need to think about what fish you are making and what vegetables might work best with the dish you are creating.
The Bottom Line
There’s nothing wrong with eating multiple fish together in one dish.
However, if you’re planning to do this, you should be aware of the recipe and pay attention to preparation, caloric value and if you have any allergies to the fish.
And remember – balance is everything!