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The Best Seafood for People Who Hate Seafood

Across the world, approximately three billion people rely on seafood as their primary source of protein. Humans have been catching, cooking, and eating all kinds of seafood for millennia. The American Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s current Dietary Guidelines recommend eight ounces (or two servings) of seafood per week. Yet many Americans just don’t like the taste!

If you hate seafood, you’re missing out on some major health benefits. Many types of fish are high in protein, low in fat, and contain healthy Omega-3 fatty acids that help lower blood pressure and prevent heart disease. They also contain crucial vitamins and minerals that support a healthy metabolism.

If you’re trying to expand your palette, then our trusted chefs at Pat’s of Henderson have a few starter seafood recommendations for you. Take a look here, and if you feel inspired, stop by our historic Lake Charles steak and seafood restaurant so that you can try them yourself!


Heralded as the “chicken of the sea,” tilapia is a white fish known for its mild, slightly sweet, almost neutral taste. It’s the perfect starter fish for the seafood-averse because its flavor is so light! Tilapia pairs well with a wide variety of dishes, and there are many ways to prepare it. At Pat’s of Henderson, we prefer to serve it broiled.


Catfish is widely available and mild in flavor, making it an ideal starting point for the blossoming seafood connoisseur. Catfish is most often served fried, but at Pat’s of Henderson, you can order it fried, stuffed, broiled, or blackened! Or, if you’re looking for a little more local Louisiana flavor, our catfish courtbouillon is a great Cajun seafood dish.


Another mildly sweet white fish, flounder has a light flavor and delicate texture. With none of the briny taste of the oilier fish like tuna, sardines, or anchovies, flounder is a great place to start exploring the seafood world. We like to serve it two ways: stuffed or broiled!


The only crustacean on our list also happens to be the most widely served seafood in America: the shrimp. Shrimp are high in calcium, protein, omega-3s, and iodine, and they are incredibly versatile. On our menu alone, you can order popcorn shrimp, shrimp cocktails, shrimp bienville, boiled shrimp, grilled shrimp, shrimp fettuccine, stuffed shrimp, shrimp au gratin… we could go on, but it would probably be faster to redirect you to our menu instead. Shrimp are so popular, so versatile, and so tasty that they are a must-try for anyone who is curious about seafood!

If you’re ready to see what the sea has in store for your taste buds, then come on down to Pat’s of Henderson in Lake Charles! We have more than 50 years of experience preparing the best fresh seafood in the state, and we’re always eager to introduce guests to new flavors and dishes. Check out our online menu, and once your mouth is watering, contact us to make a reservation. We look forward to turning you into a seafood lover!