What is a Pescetarian? Learn about the diet and get free resources!

What is a Pescetarian?

What is a Pescetarian? Learn about the diet and get free resources!

What is a Pescetarian?

Today on Champagne Tastes:  What’s a pescetarian?  How can you find resources for a pescetarian diet? 

When I first started this blog, I had a spelling question.  Is ‘pescetarian’ spelled with an ‘e’ or an ‘a?’  Is it pescetarian or pescatarian?  I asked several people, and the answer I got, without fail, was– “What’s a pescetarian?”  (In case you’re wondering, both spellings are correct.)  If you too are reading this thinking, ‘What is she talking about?’– this post is for you!  If you’re reading this and thinking– ‘I’m a pescetarian!!!’– this post is for you too!

What is a Pescetarian?

A pescetarian, or a pesco-vegetarian, is someone who eats seafood, but no other meat.  Some pescetarians are a little stricter than I am, and limit their seafood to fish– but I happily devour any kind of seafood.  (I’m looking at you, Mr. Octopus!)

Eating a pescetarian diet can be an extremely healthy way to live (as long as your diet isn’t full of fried fish or fish with high levels of mercury).  While some probably choose this diet for ethical reasons, I choose seafood over other meats because it makes me feel better.  And yes, I do eat eggs and dairy products.

How do I cook for a Pescetarian?

Do you have a self-proclaimed, “semi-vegetarian,” fish-eating friend coming over for dinner?  Are you worried about what he or she will or will not eat?  The best option is always– ask!  However, as a general rule– Anything vegan is a yes!  Anything vegetarian… is also a yes!  And anything from the sea… is probably also a yes!  (I’m going to stick the ‘probably’ on there, because not everyone is a fan of the creepier, tentacled sea-going squid and octopus-like creatures.)

Where can I find Pescetarian Recipes?

You might think that it isn’t hard to find pescetarian recipes.  To an extent, this is true, because most cookbooks and recipe sites will have food that is pescetarian friendly.  However, it can be tiring to sort through lots of recipes that have ingredients you won’t eat, and sometimes it’s nice to have resources that are tailored to your specific diet!

Hopefully, since this is a pescetarian food blog, you’ll check out my site for pescetarian friendly food!  If you go to the “Recipes” tab at the top of the page (click on the little menu icon if you’re on a smartphone), you’ll find that each meal category is broken up into vegan, vegetarian, and seafood recipes.  Click around, and let me know if you’re looking for a recipe that you can’t find!  I might still be able to help.  And, to all you meat eaters who are simply trying to incorporate more fish or vegetarian food into your diet– welcome!

What is a Pescetarian? Get free Recipes plus a free e-book!

More Pescetarian Resources

If you’re looking for more places to find vegetarian and seafood recipes, here are a few other fantastic pescetarian bloggers:

Dana at Killing Thyme

Laura and Matt at Pescetarian Kitchen

Elena at Happy Kitchen Rocks

Still have questions?  Searching for seafood recipes that you don’t see here?  Let me know in the comments!

28 thoughts on “What is a Pescetarian?

  1. Boastful Food says:

    Pescetarian’s are cool. Fish and seafood are great sources of protein and if folks learn how to get the basics down on how to cook with them, you can make some pretty satisfying and diverse meals. Love the idea to focus on this for a post. Great info and suggestions.

    • champagne-tastes says:

      Aw thanks 😉 I tried cutting out all meat for awhile and I just wasn’t organized enough to get all my protein that way. Plus.. I love fish 😀

  2. Lisa | Garlic & Zest says:

    I think I could be a pescatarian — I love all fish and seafood — so if I HAD to give up meat and go with seafood exclusively, I could. I have friends who don’t eat any seafood and frankly, I just don’t get it. I mean, unless you actually have an allergic reaction to fish or shellfish, it’s dynamite!

  3. Sean@Diversivore says:

    Wonderful roundup! I’m not a strict pescetarian (I’m not a strict anything really), but I do create a ton of pescetarian recipes, and I like to promote pescetarian bloggers like you and Dana. I didn’t know much about the other two, so thanks for the heads up! Cheers!

  4. Misa O'Donnell says:

    My regular meal is often pescetarian, since I eat mostly Japanese foods. Lots of Japanese vegetable side dishes use dashi (bonito flakes & kombu), I like it that way, because dashi can add great umami to vegetables! however, I cannot label those as vegan and vegetarian. It is pescetrian! I don’t have a category “Pescetarian” in my blog, but I will add it!

  5. Dana says:

    Love this! It’s funny, I’d never heard about pescetarianism until late 2015. I was telling my husband that I wanted to go vegetarian for a month or so; I went as far as to say that I felt I could go full-blown vegetarian if it wasn’t for saying goodbye to seafood. He responded with, “You could be pescetarian, though.” I was FILLED with glee, let me tell you.

    Like you, I eat ALL the fish, except octopus now. I *just* read a few terrible articles about how they’re killed and ugh. I just can’t now 🙁

    Thanks so much for the shout out! I love that I have a fellow pescetarian blogging buddy. I’ll have to check out the others!

    • champagne-tastes says:

      Isn’t amazing right!? I’d miss seafood too much to cut it out totally, and I can’t seem to be organized well enough to get enough protein without it!
      Oh no! Don’t tell me that about octopus!! I just listened to this whole thing about shrimp farm slavery and haven’t been able to bring myself to buy shrimp!
      Me toooooo! There aren’t very many of us out there! Pescies-unite! Lololol

      • Sean@Diversivore says:

        Don’t despair about the shrimp thing just yet! It’s a HUGE problem in Asia (especially Thailand), but good fishmongers will be able to help you find species that are sustainably and ethically caught! Obviously I tend to know my own geographical region (the Pacific Northwest) best, but spot prawns, sidestripe shrimp, humpback shrimp, and those little cold-water northern/pink shrimp are great bets! When it comes to the standard and ubiquitous white prawn, there are some sustainable on-mangrove farms in Asia that are working responsibly (and obviously without slave labour). It’s good to get the word out though and to expose the truth behind cheap shrimp!

        • champagne-tastes says:

          Sadly, there’s ZERO fishmongers near me. I’m 100% land locked, so I’m kind of at the mercy of the seafood lablers (normally the people at the seafood counters at the market are just selling frozen seafood that has been thawed to sell ‘fresh’). But- I’ve seen a few “ethically farmed” shrimp bags at Aldi recently… *hooray!*

  6. April J Harris says:

    My friend thinks she is a vegetarian, but she is actually a pescetarian because she eats fish. I’m so glad you shared this post as I am hoping it will help her to understand, and also give her some great resources and recipes. I’m looking forward to some inspiration too as although I’m not a pescetarian, I do love fish of all kinds!

  7. Sara | Belly Rumbles says:

    I know exactly what a pescetarian is, I was one for many many years. Then at one Aussie BBQ something just snapped in my head as I smelt my husband’s steak cooking, it smelt so good. They always do, but never before had I had an urge like that to actually want to eat one. That was it, my pescetarian days were over.

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