Eating with your hands is a fun and efficient way of enjoying a meal. But, if you’re not used to it, using your fingers can feel a bit awkward. That said, there are many benefits to ditching utensils and getting messy! Here at Click resources, we have put together this guide to help you learn the art of hand-eating and master the technique in no time. 


  1. Preparation 

Before digging into your food with your bare hands, you must understand the proper etiquette when preparing finger foods. First, ensure your hands are clean—wash them thoroughly before beginning or use some wet wipes if available. Additionally, consider laying out a few napkins on either side of your plate to quickly wipe away any spills or crumbs as needed. Lastly, be mindful of what type of food you’ll have; burgers and sandwiches may require more preparation than others, such as sushi or dumplings. 

  1. Utilizing Fingers vs. Utensils 

Using all five fingers offers much better control over the food than utensils like forks and knives, which can sometimes force food apart rather than keeping it intact during consumption — especially when dealing with delicate dishes such as salads or sushi rolls. Depending on what type of cuisine you’re having, different parts of the hand may be used for handling various components within the dish; the thumb for gripping more oversized items while the index finger may be used for cutting/breaking down certain pieces if necessary (for example when eating tacos).  

  1. Use Proper Techniques 

Now that you know how to prepare yourself and utilize each finger accordingly, here are some helpful tips depending on what type of meal/cuisine you plan on consuming: 

For fried foods: 

To avoid burning yourself from hot oil splashes – a place only one small piece at a time in hot oil rather than scooping up several large portions at once, which increases the chances of scalding from hot oil splashing on the skin when submerged in the fryer basket or pan due to excess weight being placed on the surface area. 

For the rice: 

Ensure that each grain is separated when eating – avoid clumping large quantities together, as this can make it difficult to digest, leading to indigestion later on.  

For soups and stews: 

When ladling soup from the bowl, use the opposite end of the spoon (not the handle) to prevent the heat from going through the handle directly onto the skin and causing burns; also, tilt the bowl slightly away from the body when ladling, as the boiling liquid may spill over the edge unnoticed.  

For noodles: 

Use chopstick/fork combo – hold chopsticks in the dominant hand, then use tines of other hands to keep noodles stable while taking bites; also try to break long strands in half before eating to keep them shorter and less likely to get stuck in the throat while swallowing.

  1. Picking up food without dropping it 

A common problem for beginners is dropping their food before it enters their mouths! To avoid making this mistake again, practice picking up smaller amounts first and then gradually build up the skill until you are comfortable handling more enormous proportions too – keeping your eyes focused down towards the plate while doing so helps prevent slipping off the plate altogether, plus a steady grip between the thumb and index finger’s middle digits ensures firm handling even of those occasional slippery surfaces like sauces etc.  

5 . Eating complex foods effectively 

Some foods are just more complex than others, but don’t worry – here are some tips for tackling those trickier dishes:

Corn on the Cob: 

Use two hands to hold the cob firmly by the ends, then slowly twist downwards until the kernels fall naturally from the husk (avoid jerky movements); also, try to butter individual grains after removing them – this will save mess later on! Add seasonings such as salt, pepper, chili powder etc., if desired.  

Seafood Shellfish & Crustaceans : 

Place shellfish flat against palm press gently crack the open shell with fingertips, then discard bits afterward; alternatively, grab claws pinch tight, wiggle back and forth, break apart exoskeleton access delicious meat inside quickly and effectively without the mess associated traditionally with utensils such as knives forks, picks etc…      

Dumplings & Ravioli:

Pick dumplings & ravioli carefully using both hands, ensuring the dough does not fall apart prematurely. Contents will escape the outside wrapper ruining the entire dish – squeeze lightly between fingers to check consistency should remain slightly springy, never overly soft and mushy, before biting into enjoy full flavor potential!     

  1. Tidying up after the meal 

Once you’ve finished eating, don’t forget that cleaning up is an equally important part of the experience – start by wiping your palms, arms, chest, shirt and any other areas where sauce, broth or gravy may have landed during the feeding frenzy; secondly, wash your hands with either cold or warm water and soap; finally, use a towel to dry completely, ready for the next round of deliciousness!    

  1. The advantages of eating with your hands 

Aside from being convenient and downright fun, there are many health benefits associated with eating with your hands, including improved digestion, increased nutrient absorption, and a greater appreciation of flavors and textures found within meals, unlike using utensils where chunks are chopped, broken and swallowed whole, Savoury moments are even heightened when using your fingers instead, allowing your taste buds to soak up all the goodness surrounding the nutrient-packed feast ahead. Plus, let’s face it, no matter how hard you try, nothing beats the feeling of genuine connection between the person, cooking, creating something unique, and loved one’s dining. Savor these memories forever!     


  1. Conclusion

Now that you know everything you need to know about eating with your hands, let’s review everything we’ve discussed today: Firstly, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before starting; secondly, familiarise yourself with the types of cuisine best suited to being eaten; thirdly, observe correct techniques regarding holding, releasing certain dishes; fourthly, practice picking, dropping smaller portions; fifthly, employ appropriate strategies to tackle trickier items; lastly, remember the importance of post-meal cleanliness above all else; enjoy the meal, everyone happy finger licking good!     

We hope our guide has helped help you learn to eat with your hands! If you have any further questions, please visit Click Resources for more information and advice on this topic – bon appétit!