The word ‘meat’ typically refers to the flesh of an animal that is commonly eaten as food. At the same time, the word is also used to describe the edible part of a fruit or other plant material, like jackfruit ‘meat’ or coconut ‘meat’. However, the following list only considers animal meats.

Meats can be of several types based on their color, texture, and animal origin.

Types of Meat

List of the Common Types of Meats

Red Meats

These are meats from livestock and other large mammals that are red in color, especially when raw.

  • Pork
  • Beef
  • Veal
  • Mutton
  • Lamb
  • Goat Meat
  • Venison
  • Bison Meat
  • Kangaroo Meat
  • Game Meats


When raw, poultry and bird meats are usually white. They also contain less fat than red meat. So, they are also considered lean meats and can be called white meats.

  • Chicken
  • Duck
  • Turkey
  • Goose
  • Pheasant
  • Emu

Though not a poultry product, rabbit and guinea pig meats usually come in the same group for being white meat.

Fish and Seafood

Fish and seafood are sometimes grouped together with white meats, especially as they are also lean meats.

  • Fish
  • Lobster
  • Crab
  • Prawn
  • Mussels
  • Scallops
  • Oysters
  • Clams

Meats by Attributes

Meats by Purpose of Use

Meats by Country

  • Mexican Meats
  • German Meats
  • Italian Meats
  • Spanish Meats