Sea Life

Can Humans Consume Starfish And How Does It Taste Like?

Some little starfishes are prepossessing and beautiful creatures of marine life. Starfishes are not normally ingested by most countries of the world. There are upto 200 types of starfishes and they live in the water- present in lakes, seas, rivers, beaches, and oceans. Many sea animals ingest starfishes and in some areas of the world humans also consume starfish.


Most starfishes live in the oceans; on coral reefs, tidal pools, sea beds, and even on rocky shores.

Exotic Food to Eat

Starfish is not considered a normal- orthodox food to eat. It can be boiled and fried, but its outer skin is rough and that makes it not so edible; even though it is a safe food to eat and mostly a street food in Thailand, China, and even in Indonesia.

Can Humans Eat a Starfish?

Yes. Humans can consume starfish as their meal however it’s been observed that raw starfish causes food poisoning so, it is advised that humans should cook the starfish first before devouring it.

How does Starfish Taste?

Most starfishes have meat inside their outer rough skin and it tastes briny as it lives under the sea so the saltiness in it comes from the salty seawater.

Starfish is tender and soft inside and its outer body is rough and hard which makes people think that it can not be consumed. Some people may think that it may taste like other fishes, but that is not the case; starfishes have a disparate taste that is dissimilar from all other sea life animals.

How to cook a starfish?

There are some ways one can cook starfish; though it does not taste like normal fish.

  • Deep frying the starfish in a pan
  • Boiling the starfish in a container

Many people deep fry it; some boil it and enjoy consuming it.

Benefits of eating starfish

The outer skin of starfish contains the cure for hay fever and to some extent of arthritis.

Some Famous Starfishes

Some famous starfishes are:

  • Common starfish
  • Blue sea star
  • Sunflower sea star
  • Crown of thorns
  • Ochre sea star
  • Asterias

These above-mentioned starfishes are famous and there are plenty more.

Poisonous Starfish

Some starfishes are deadly for consumption as they are highly poisonous. Crown of thorn starfish, as its name suggests thorn, is a poisonous starfish

To Sum Up

There are several types of starfishes and some of them are ingested by humans in some parts of the world… Although it is not a traditional food, in some parts of China and Thailand, it serves as street food; in Beijing starfish is deep fried and a stick is inserted at one end and some people consume it.

About the author

Yumna Ahmad

An experienced content writer, photographer, and avid reader amazed by the sea world and its creatures. I am lettin people become fascinated with the ocean planet through my writings.