Best time of the year to eat Seafood

By Chef H. Delgado

November 3, 2021

With autumn, the season to consume seafood begins, and the local markets are supplied with good quality products. Seafood is one of the most exquisite and healthy foods that we can find in Spanish cuisine.

Today I am going to show you the most common shellfish varieties in Spain, and when is the best time of year to consume them.



The shell is the most remarkable characteristic of crustacean shellfish. Considering this aspect, it is easy to deduce who belongs to this subspecies:lobster, crab, shrimp, red shrimp, spider crab, prawn and barnacle.



They are one of the most curious families in the marine world. They live on the seabed or attached to rocks, and the most popular are bivalves, which have two pieces or valves. In many cases, they do not have more than the shell to help move in the water. The moving is based on the impulse generated by opening and closing the valves. However, others use a muscular foot, such as the cockle. The most common are mussels, clams, cockles, razor clams, "coquinas", "Concha fina", oyster and scallops. The cephalopods are a subfamily of mollusc, so octopus and squid are considered as seafood as well.

Concha Fina
Concha Fina


There are other living things, even stranger, that are part of the classification of seafood. They are probably the most unknown. Not all echinoderms are edible or used in gastronomy. In this sense, the sea urchin is the most popular of its kind.

Sea urchin
Sea Urchin

Fishermen say that the best time to consume seafood is during the months when the "R" appears, so from September to April, it is the most optimal time to savour these delicacies. However, each species has an optimal time for its capture, and therefore for its consumption, such as:

  1. In autumn: squid, spider crab, razor clams, barnacle, lobster, cockles, clams.
  2. In winter: sea urchin, oysters, spider crab, spider crab, razor clams, octopus, barnacle, crabs.
  3.  In spring: spider crab, spider crab, octopus.
  4. In summer: squid, razor clams," Concha fina", "coquinas", octopus, lobster, mussels and oysters.

Shellfish have numerous advantages, such as the high protein content and the many vitamins and minerals they contain. It is also a product rich in omega-3 fatty acids. It prevents cardiovascular diseases, and for those most concerned with maintaining their line, these products contain very few calories.

Here you have some of my recipes where I used seafood as the main ingredient. I think you will love them:

Fried Squids

Clams and White beans Stew

Red Shrimp "Carabinero"

Octopus Salad

So you know, you no longer have an excuse to try this delicacy. It's time to cook a good seafood platter.

Have a tasty day!

I'm Chef H. Delgado

Love for the product, take care of the technique, elegant execution, and above all, nature and environment respect, are my values ​​as a professional.
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