I know we all wonder to ourselves how this sea creature worth more than uranium, silver and Kobe beef combined tastes like. The question in your head pops up as, “What does eel taste like?” Which creature is this?
The funny thing is, a pound of Uranium costs $42.25, silver is around $445, Kobe beef costs $500 per pound while a pound of bluefin fish is an approximate $1300.
Obviously, you are curious to knowing why and want to try this out that’s why I will not only tell you about the taste of this precious eel meal served in deep fried, grilled or steamed forms but also some facts about eel.
Know More What Eel Are
Taking a quick glance at an eel, you might be left in confusion trying to figure out whether it is a reptile [snake] or a fish as it has the shape of a snake.
However, the quick distinguishing feature is its fins. Along with its narrow body are long dorsal and anal fins and no pelvic fins. Most of its species lack pectoral fins yet have no scales on the body but rather a firm and smooth skin.
In the early life stages, an eel is thought to be transparent, and it takes three years to get to mature into an adult. They are nocturnal, therefore, hardly ever seen and inhabit the deep continental shelves in the ocean that is why they are rare species and very expensive.
They are also different fish in that they can survive in both fresh and salty water.
What Does Eel Taste Like?
Our tastes vary. Therefore, the perspective of the taste of eel varies from one person to another. Different cultures and communities have their eel preference meals.
When it comes to freshwater eels in Unagi (a Japanese dish), they tend to have a sweet taste that is a bit light. It is easy to confuse eel with Salmon, but then eel meat is more firm.
When dipped in soy sauce, the meat becomes softer, and you won’t be able to tell its difference from salmon.
To some, Unagi also tastes like sausages, and when smoked it tastes like chicken and to others it tastes like catfish, only more expensive. That’s how diverse our perspectives are!
Other people may also find the taste to be lacking, but to lovers of squid, you will take it just fine. The only difference is their texture.
Marine eels in Anango are also delicacy commonly used in Japanese, Chinese, Korean cuisine and also in London.
One interesting fact about eel is that their blood is toxic. Yet it can be consumed and cause no harm to human beings when thoroughly cooked. Eel blood is poisonous to humans and other mammals, but both cooking and the digestive process destroy the toxic protein.
Video below to help you when it comes to preparing eel.
Meals And Drinks Served With Eel
You can take eel with different meals. Barbecued eel can be served with white wine, while tossed eel is served with turmeric and glass noodles. Trust me; it is tasty.
Eels can also be served up with shrimp and appetizers while baby eels can be served in garlic sauce. Smoked eels, on the other hand, can be served with potatoes, leeks and clam beurre blanc.
Sushi Eel is known to tastes excellent when served with rice, seaweed, and wasabi.
Why The Japanese Love Eel
The inflation of eel prices in Japan around 2012 was a sad moment since lots of businesses that sold eel were closed. The disappearance of eel from the Japanese market and inflation of its price was sad because they had to start importing.
To the Japanese, eel is part of their rich culture and tradition. They celebrate the Ushi-no-hi festival by eating eel just like the eating of turkey as an American Thanksgiving tradition. They believe that it boosts the health of their men while it helps their women maintain their beauty.
Why You Should Eat Eel
Did you know that eel contains high protein content, minerals, vitamins as well as fat? One eel has high levels of Vitamin A, protein (about 14g) and Calcium (about 20mg).
Vitamin A in eel stimulates the nervous system and promotes healthy eyesight. The presence of Arginine prevents the growth of breast cancer in women and lowering blood pressure decreasing the risk of stroke. The Omega-3 fatty acid content lowers the blood cholesterol.
Phosphorous ensures maintainers of healthy bones and teeth. Cleaning of toxins that can cause skin problems in the blood stream is enabled by the presence of vast Vitamins in eel. The presence of Thiamine decreases the risk of having the disease, Alzheimer.
Zinc in eel ensures the proper mental health and promote zinc nutrients in the body while Iron helps in prevention of Anemia. The iron is gotten from taking grilled or fried eel.
Vitamin B improves digestive system functioning and ensures the skin is glowing. Magnesium enhances healthy bowel movements thus no or little constipation.
Magnesium enhances healthy bowel movements thus no or little constipation.
Apparently, the health benefits that you will get from eating eel outweigh the bad. The negatives, in this case, “being high cholesterol levels”. It would be advisable to take grilled eel if you don’t want your cholesterol levels over the roof.
Try Eel Today!
The taste of eel varies from one person to another, so I hope that this article has helped by providing a guideline of what to expect.
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