Living with Celiac: What Seafood Can I Eat? | Dish on Fish

Living with Celiac: What Seafood Can I Eat?

Hi, Seafoodies!

Planning around dietary restrictions such as celiac disease or gluten sensitivity can make it challenging to get a healthy meal on the table. Since May is Celiac Awareness Month, we wanted to give a shout-out to Seafoodies who follow celiac and gluten-free diets and talk a little about how seafood can help meet your nutritional needs.

So, what kind of seafood can you eat on a celiac diet? Just about all of it! Yep, seafood is naturally gluten-free, so it’s just a matter of how it’s prepared. One exception is surimi—a processed fish product that’s often used as a crab substitute. Many brands of surimi contain wheat, so be sure to check the label, or stick with real crab if you’re going gluten-free.

The good news is that it’s super-easy to prepare seafood gluten-free. In fact, all fish tastes great with just a few minutes of grilling or oven time, a squeeze of lemon and some butter or Old Bay! If you’re craving something more complex, no problem. You’ll find hundreds of gluten-free recipes here that are appropriate for any occasion.   

And if you think you need to shy away from making breaded seafood or seafood pasta on a celiac diet, think again! With so many gluten-free alternatives made from corn, rice, legumes or nuts—from gluten free panko and breadcrumbs to pasta—you can have your (crab) cake and eat it, too! This makes it simple to substitute for ingredients with gluten, opening up your world to a wider range of seafood recipes. We’re also seeing more gluten-free options on restaurant menus and in supermarkets.

When you’re cooking for friends and family members with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, rest assured you can serve as much seafood as you like! To get started, why not try our own gluten-free crab cake recipe? This crowd-pleasing dish swaps out traditional breading for grated cauliflower and gluten-free panko but retains all the golden-brown crunch you love. The flavor is phenomenal—give it a whirl and let us know what you think!   

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