These rankings are based on a 200 calorie serving size. Since it’s based on calorie serving size, the actual weight/volume of the serving will vary from product to product.

The Top 10 Foods High in Arginine


  1. Sea lion, stellar, liver (Alaska Native) – 4963mg
    Unless you live in Alaska, this option is probably unrealistic for your diet. We had to include it though to be honest (plus it’s kinda interesting, right?)
  2. Sesame seed flour – 4465mg
    This is a lot more realistic! You can get a good deal on it on Amazon and get recipes on yummly.
  3. Cottonseed Flour – 4056mg
    I hope you like baking! Lots of seed flours made this list.
  4. Crab, Shrimp, and Lobster – 3600mg to 3800mg
    These seafood options have some slight variations in Arginine content depending on the type/species. Some crabs have more arginine than lobsters and vice versa. Just eat your favorite!
  5. Raw Spinach (frozen, chopped, or leaf) – 3317mg
    Spinach is a great healthy staple to just about any diet. Personally, I just toss it in a salad.
  6. Raw Seaweed (spirulina) – 3285mg
    Seaweed has only about 30mg less arginine than the spinach but it commands a much higher price. If you’re a fan or curious, check out these seaweed snacks. Note: Dried seaweed has 2861mg of arginine.
  7. Cooked or Roasted Turkey Breast – 3107mg
    If you have the time to bake a turkey—maybe on the weekends or whatever your day off is—then this can be a cheap and delicious source of your arginine.
  8. Chicken Breast – 2811mg
    My secret to the perfect baked chicken breast is to cook them at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 13 minutes then flip them and cook the otherside for another 13 minutes. The chicken is a lot juicier and faster to cook this way.
  9. Tuna Fish (in water) – 2632mg
    I dunno about you, but I love tuna fish! The StarKist pouches I like are $1.50+ at my local grocery stores but you can buy them in bulk for a dollar or less through Amazon.
  10. Pork/Ham – 2600mg
    Do you like pork? Personally, I’m not a big fan of it myself. But these pork recipes are making me wanna take a trip to the groery store for some ingredients!