Never had any sort of meat or fish before and I now have the opportunity, what do you guys recommend for a first timer?
chicken thighs are great. NOT drumsticks. THIGHS. you can make great dishes with thighs. stews, baked, fried, you name it.
a milder tasting fish like cod steamed with herbs, butter and lemon juice is also fantastic.
beef.. sausages are great. great in pasta dishes, on their own with some eggs.
as for pork, i'd say you can't go wrong with bacon.
>what do you guys recommend for a first timer?
Easing yourself into it. Lean chicken. Probably breast specifically. If you're a lifelong vegetarian, your digestive system won't be able to handle that shit, and you need to cultivate it slowly. Going straight to bacon or something will just make you hurl or rocketshit.
I was raised as a vegetarian since birth, a lot of people recommend that you try chicken as your first meat but it isn't anything like the substitutes and it might put you off.
Hot dogs tend to be really similar to the substitutes so you might wanna try those first. If you're gonna have a burger first, have a small one and/or fill it up with a bunch of your favourite veggies. The first one I had just had cheese in it and I thought the flavour was a little overwhelming and made me feel a little sick.
No doubt OP will now eat some plain cooked dry chicken breast and wonder what the fuck the fuss is all about
OP would be better off eating a chicken burger or some nuggets, something that tastes similar to vegetarian substitute food and isn't dry and plain
>No doubt OP will now eat some plain cooked dry chicken breast and wonder what the fuck the fuss is all about
I recognize that it's not the most fun thing in the world, but if he doesn't want massive gastric distress this is what he's going to have to do. I've seen lifer vegetarians (raised vegetarian by inconsiderate fuckup parents) wean onto meat before. You just can't go straight to the bacon, grilled lamb and chorizos, it doesn't work that way. Sucks, but there's nothing you can do about it except decide not to raise your own children gimped for ideological reasons.
Professional butcher here for 7 years
Get yourself a 1" USDA Choice Boneless Ribeye.
Put some salt and pepper on that shit
Put a fucking 1 tbsp slab of butter in a cast iron pan and heat that shit on med-high heat
put the steak in for 4-5 minutes per side. DON'T FUCKING TOUCH IT OR MOVE IT AROUND FFS
Remove from pan and eat that beautiful meat
I'd never recommend a medium rare steak to someone who's never eaten meat in their entire life, no matter how good the cut is
Red meat fucks up the bowels of people who are used to it sometimes, he should really start with lean poultry or cold cuts
As an amateur I'd recommend chicken tenders in one way or another. The things you can do with them are varied, almost all delicious and nearly impossible to fuck up.
If you're not making it yourself, you can't go wrong with a nice steak. In my experience it's hard to get it just right yourself the first few times, but they're delicious. The concensus more or less is that medium rare (or à point if you're a fancy European) is the best way to eat one.
Just Chicken or Steak if you really like the idea of steak, although I admit I have no idea what context you have to meat with never having eaten it.
Get either one from a good restaurant desu so that you can get at least some proper taste of what meat can be before blowing your colon or puking it all back up.
If you're American get a good burger tho desu senpai.
>Never had any sort of meat or fish before
Were you raised in religiously strict vegan household? Holy shit.
I would suggest you start with chicken. Pan roasted chicken breasts or maybe chicken nuggets.
Chicken. It's the wonder meat. Try baking some leg quarters or, preferably, for significantly less fat, some chicken breasts. There WILL be oil and fat, regardless of which one you choose, but the breasts are more tame in that regard.
I remember just getting out of basic training and having a coke and skittles. I shit nonstop later on. I expect worse symptoms from trying meat the for the first time. Just try a little over a period of a week or two so you don't get immediately off put.