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#1286646 - 04/30/07 01:26 AM Best way to prepare Crappie
David Lim Offline
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Registered: 03/22/07
Posts: 61
Loc: Arlington, TX
My friend and I just got a whole mess of crappie, and it'll be my first time to cook and eat 'em. How do y'all recommend preparing them. I'd like to try them pan or deep fried and baked. Is it best to fry them whole or filet them with skin on/ off? Let us know about your recipes please! Because we're getting hungry just thinking about it.

THanks! flehan

David

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#1286759 - 04/30/07 07:26 AM Re: Best way to prepare Crappie [Re: David Lim]
Poorboy Offline
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Registered: 03/28/06
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Loc: Cameron tx
I filet mine, then cut the fielts into "nugets" (what my wife likes) soakem in buttermilk and coat with Andys seasonings
http://www.andysseasoning.com/pages/fish.html
then deep fry. I have tried many other seasonings, but Andys is the best I have found.
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#1286835 - 04/30/07 08:15 AM Re: Best way to prepare Crappie [Re: Poorboy]
David Lim Offline
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Registered: 03/22/07
Posts: 61
Loc: Arlington, TX
Can I get the Andy's seasonings at a local grocery store?

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#1287125 - 04/30/07 10:35 AM Re: Best way to prepare Crappie [Re: David Lim]
Poorboy Offline
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I find it at HEB, never have any luck at WalMart
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#1287193 - 04/30/07 11:07 AM Re: Best way to prepare Crappie [Re: Poorboy]
David Lim Offline
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Registered: 03/22/07
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Loc: Arlington, TX
I wished we had HEB's in DFW frown. But I'll check the local tom thumb's and albertsons. Thanks!

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#1288150 - 04/30/07 05:34 PM Re: Best way to prepare Crappie [Re: David Lim]
FarTraveler Offline
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Registered: 04/22/07
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Loc: Ft Worth
Might check Central Market as there owned by HEB

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#1288261 - 04/30/07 06:25 PM Re: Best way to prepare Crappie [Re: David Lim]
Catfishd Offline
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Registered: 01/08/04
Posts: 1715
Loc: Arlington, Texas
Quote:
I filet mine, then cut the fielts into "nugets" (what my wife likes) soakem in buttermilk and coat with Andys seasonings
http://www.andysseasoning.com/pages/fish.html
then deep fry. I have tried many other seasonings, but Andys is the best I have found


eeks you soak crappie in buttermilk? WTF for? You dont need to soak crappie I am sorry. Crappie are great whole or filleted. There are many batters out there like Wally Marshalls critter fry / Uncle Bucks /Louisianna / or use cornmeal some salt and some garlic,cajun seasoning,redpepper and make your own to your taste.

As far as cooking them you can skillet fry them whole and if it is a big whole crappie make sure you put slits in the meat so it will cook all the way through. Fillets I normally wont cut up just cook the whole fillet. I dont use buttermilk or milk for that matter on any of my fish unless I am cooking some kingfish or something. No need for it on crappie I promise that is pure white meat if cleaned correctly. As far as baking or grilling the whole crappie is great for that as well. If I am battering the fish I usually have it in water. Or soak it in tabasco sauce or Louisianna hot sauce. Gives it a little kick and a great flavor.
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#1289291 - 05/01/07 07:26 AM Re: Best way to prepare Crappie [Re: Catfishd]
Poorboy Offline
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Only reason I soak them in buttermilk is to give the breading something to stick to, gives it a slightly different flavor, I do not marinate the meat. I guess I said it wrong, by soaking I mean throw all the filets in the milk and bread them one by one....
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#1289863 - 05/01/07 11:47 AM Re: Best way to prepare Crappie [Re: Poorboy]
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Loc: White Settlement, TX.
Originally Posted By: poorboy
Only reason I soak them in buttermilk is to give the breading something to stick to, gives it a slightly different flavor, I do not marinate the meat. I guess I said it wrong, by soaking I mean throw all the filets in the milk and bread them one by one....


dry them off, then coat with flour. dredge in egg wash, then coat with your breading. I bought a batter pro at big lots. works great for this.
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#1291088 - 05/01/07 08:47 PM Re: Best way to prepare Crappie [Re: Bigbob_FTW]
THE_COACH Offline
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Registered: 03/13/04
Posts: 15204
Loc: TEXAS
I will tell ya the easiest and tastiest way.

Get some of this for your batter


Wash the filets and have one bowl with an egg/milk mixture and another bowl with the batter.

1. Pat the filets dry with a paper towel
2. Dredge filet in a little milk/egg misture
3. Batter them up
4. Place in the oil
5. Cook until golden and they float

You won't eat better - no joke!




Edited by coach_lancaster (05/01/07 08:48 PM)

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#1291096 - 05/01/07 08:50 PM Re: Best way to prepare Crappie [Re: THE_COACH]
THE_COACH Offline
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Registered: 03/13/04
Posts: 15204
Loc: TEXAS
Actually now that I think about it

I put the fish fry mix in a big ziploc bag. I put 3 or 4 filets in there (after the milk/egg bath, close it up, and shake the carp out of it.

Easy way to batter



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#1295606 - 05/03/07 08:11 PM Re: Best way to prepare Crappie [Re: THE_COACH]
Keith Stone! Offline
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Registered: 06/05/02
Posts: 7888
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my favorite way to fry them:

cut fillets into 3 equal pieces each
pile fillets in a bowl and add squirt of yellow mustard (not much less than a teaspoon)
sprinkle with some seasoning (cajun or abadobo)
mix it around to get a light coating of mustard all over the fish
fill a bag with Lousiana fry or wally's critter mix and toss 6-8 pieces in and close and shake.

Fry them in rice bran oil at 400-425 to a deep golden brown.
super crisp outside, just right on the inside.

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#1296008 - 05/03/07 10:11 PM Re: Best way to prepare Crappie [Re: David Lim]
dfwaviator Offline
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Registered: 03/28/07
Posts: 143
Loc: Alvarado, Tx
We do have a 'semi-local' HEB. Cleburne, Tx has one. DIRT CHEAP prices.. When I lived the urban life in Arlington, we used to drive down there to get a 2 week load of groceries. Now I live closer to Cleburne.

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#1302230 - 05/07/07 01:17 PM Re: Best way to prepare Crappie [Re: dfwaviator]
David Lim Offline
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Registered: 03/22/07
Posts: 61
Loc: Arlington, TX
I'll have to check it out. I miss the HEB's of Austin. Central Market's are great too, but I miss the HEB. Fresh food and great prices.

THanks for all of the recipes everybody. Keep em coming. Definately going to try the mustard, Greg. Thanks!

David

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#1306602 - 05/09/07 10:47 AM Re: Best way to prepare Crappie [Re: David Lim]
Crappie_92 Offline
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Registered: 04/30/07
Posts: 5
U might use it like catfish. i dip them in egg that has been mixed, no shell: Then i like to but it in flour then some bread crumbs and u will eat the best ever.

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