A guide to canned fish, the latest TikTok food trend


As with most trends, the growing popularity of canned seafood appears be from TikTok. In Spain and Portugal, preserves have been a staple snack for ages, and the product dates back to the 1700s. Smithsonian Magazine, during the Napoleonic Wars, the French government offered a reward of 12,000 francs to anyone who could find an economical way to preserve large quantities of food for the army. Nicholas Appert, a chef and the so-called father of canning, answered the call by boiling jars of fish. (If you’re wondering, he won the award, but Englishman Peter Durand would later solve the problem of transporting delicate glass jars with cans).

Modern canned fish encompasses everything from your mundane Tuna with salmon and sardines, cockles, mussels, octopus and calamari. And that’s just the beginning – in fact, an analysis 2021 predicts that the canned food market (which includes canned seafood and fish) will grow by nearly $28 billion by 2025. Here are some of the top varieties you’ll find:

  • Fish: Tuna, salmon, mackerel, trout, sardines, anchovies
  • Seafood: Clams, cockles, mussels, lobster, octopus, squid
  • Fish eggs and fish pâté

Now that you have 411, you’re probably wondering how to enjoy the goodies. What? Don’t like canned fish? Thank you for allowing us to change our minds.


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