Is one allowed to eat shrimp on the Lent?

Lent is coming soon, so I wonder what should I avoid.

Not allowed: Chicken, Fowl, Turkey, Pork, Beef, Lamb, Goat, Deer, Rabbit, Squirrels, etc.

Allowed: all kinds of seafood: fish, shellfish, mollusks, invertebrates, crabs, shrimps, lobsters, crayfish, etc. + cold blooded animals: reptiles, amphibians

Don’t forget to fast on Good Friday. 1 full meal max.

Good resources:

Fasting also on Ash Wednesday. Unless you are over 59, in which case fasting is not required.


or if you are like me and hypoglycemic or diabetic. This would include anyone who has a health issue that would be exacerbated by fasting.

I have also heard/read that broths and sauces made from meat juices are okay to eat on days of abstinence.

The list posted is fine, but remember that the fast from blood meat is penitential. Lobster isn’t exactly penitential. Shrimp could be, because it’s had so cheaply now. Cod and haddock - penitential, grouper at $17 a pound, not so much. So, be aware of the point and make choices accordingly.

Tofu in all forms is penitential. :wink:

In Cajunland we call them crawfish. :wink: Crawfish happens to be my favorite seafood.

Right, fasting is only required for those over either 14, 16, or 18 (can’t remember), and under 59 or 60. I’ll have to check to be sure.


Fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday is obligatory for ages 18-59.
Abstaining from meat on Fridays of Lent (also Ash Wednesday and Good Friday) is obligatory for anyone 14 and older.

Fasting means max of one full meal during the day. Small amounts of food for other meal times (that does equate to a full meal) is permitted if necessary.

Abstaining from meat means (essentially) no mammal or bird meat (meaning the meat itself). Eggs, milk products, condiments made from animal fat, and broths and sauces (including gravy) made from meat juices are okay, as well as meat flavorings (so college kids can get their chicken flavored ramen).

Hope this helps.

Perhaps it was included in the resources listed but also allowable is capybara. At least locally in South America.

*I don’t know if it is allowable if you don’t *happen to live in South America. :stuck_out_tongue:

Outside SA, it might not even be available or known…:slight_smile:

I was under the impression that crawfish and shrimp are two different critters.


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Never tried crawfish myself, but hear they’re tasty.

As for the guidelines on eating flesh during Lent, it’s my understanding that nothing warm-blooded is allowed. Correct?

My understanding was that nothing that breathes is allowed, so snake, etc. would also be prohibited.


If you follow that rule you are probably good. But that’s not exactly how it works. There are a few warm blooded creatures that may be eaten. But they are usually exceptional cases.

Bargaining with God?

This disucssion takes place every year before the lenten season.
Everyone is concerned with how much they can eat and what they can get away with while they are fasting. What fasting?

Most people in the world don’t see meat on their plate more than once a month, if that. But we in America are terrified at the thought of giving it up once a week?
And all those other circustances, excuses, reason that we come up with to break the fast. Any excuse that will allow up to bypass the whole fasting thing.

This is embarrasing!
If you have a serious medical condition, then you are excused. Otherwise, fast.

I lived in a muslim country for a year and witnessed the spectacle of fasting during Ramadad.

No one touches food from sunrise until after sunset. No food, no drink, not a drop of water. Children, adults, seniors. No one. No food. No drink. The topic of food does not come up. No one complains about how hard it is. No one talks about what they will eat at dusk. They just smile.

But, the pious catholics are thinking up what high calory foods will replace the beef and pork they have to consume every day.

This is a sad statement on religion in life. I don’t mean to criticize any one in particular, but I am observing this phenomenon every year and it is sad.

If that were true, fish wouldn’t be allowed either. See “gills.”


While this is no doubt true in some cases–

There are also many Catholics who wish to be faithful but for business or family reasons will/must dine with others on days that call for abstinence and/or fasting.

Such people are often looking for something that they can eat while showing the proper hospitality/gratitude to dining companions who don’t share their faith.

WOW :eek:

I didn’t see anyone trying to bargain. Or get away with anything.

Just people simply asking about the rules. And kind people giving answers.

Order a salad. This is what my muslim neighbor does during their fasting season.
They also give thanks to God before every meal. They do is discreetly, so most of us don’t even notice, but they do not fail to thank God for his gifts.

This is what people of faith do.
What about us?

A gnawing question answered: It’s a capybara roaming Paso Robles