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Etiquette Tips for Eating Fish: How to Behave at the Dinner Table

Sep 12, 2022

Etiquette Tips for Eating Fish: How to Behave at the Dinner Table

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One of the most popular dishes around the world is fish. Whether it's grilled, baked, or broiled, people can't seem to get enough of it. However, there are some etiquette tips that you should know before sitting down to a seafood feast. In this blog post, we will discuss how to behave at the dinner table when eating fish. From removing fish bones to knowing which foods are appropriate to pair with seafood, we will cover everything you need to know. So, without further ado, let's get started!

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Removing fish bones

One of the most important etiquette tips to remember is to take your time when eating fish. Unlike other meats, fish can be delicate and require a bit more time to eat. When removing bones, it is best not to cover up the process with a napkin but to remove the bones discreetly and place them on your plate. Savor the flavors and enjoy your meal!

Do not flip fish

Rather than flipping a fish when you've finished eating one side, it is better to remove the bones to consume the other side of the fish. This dates back to Chinese tradition, where flipping fish is bad luck and symbolic of a fisherman's boat capsizing.

Eating prawns

Prawns should be eaten with a knife and fork on formal occasions. Use a knife to cut off the head and tail of the prawn. Once both sides have been removed, gently stick the knife through an opening in the shell and cut along the prawn, removing the legs. Do not pair prawns with meat or red wine.

Pair with the right beverage

Be aware of which drinks are appropriate to pair with seafood. For example, white wine is typically considered the best choice for seafood dishes. Red wine should be avoided as it can overpower the delicate flavors of fish. When in doubt, ask your host or server for recommendations on what to drink with your meal.

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