texasfishingforum.com logo
Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
stan yerton, ChazMcGavin, Southern Wind, jaggiemaggie, Yooperdan
113790 Registered Users
Top Posters(All Time)
TexDawg 97,145
hopalong 89,899
Pilothawk 80,219
John175☮ 77,777
JDavis7873 67,400
Bigbob_FTW 67,249
Derek 🐝 64,958
Mark Perry 60,745
Tritonman 58,987
facebook
Forum Statistics
Forums62
Topics780,853
Posts9,908,545
Members113,790
Most Online36,273
Jan 23rd, 2013
Print Thread
Need Advice on Cooking 'Other' Fish #13702342 09/16/20 03:33 PM
Joined: Aug 2018
Posts: 296
S
Stanley Orchard Offline OP
Angler
OP Offline
Angler
S
Joined: Aug 2018
Posts: 296
I'm working on a series of videos (and honestly just personally enjoying) where we cook our bycatch... bonito, mullet (example below is blue runner). Can I get some advice on recipes (maybe brine/marinade mixes?). Im enjoying this but some of these require a little more expertise than I have to offer.


Stanley Orchard
Texas Family Fishing Vlog-eneur!
YouTube.com/stanleyorchard
Insta/Twitter: @OrchardStanley
Re: Need Advice on Cooking 'Other' Fish [Re: Stanley Orchard] #13702423 09/16/20 05:10 PM
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 2,516
J
JJ4MEL Offline
Extreme Angler
Offline
Extreme Angler
J
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 2,516
Great video. SMACKS are great as long as you get that blood line out of there. I tend to smoke mine just like you did, but I try all different types of spices and sauces.

Re: Need Advice on Cooking 'Other' Fish [Re: Stanley Orchard] #13702586 09/16/20 08:27 PM
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 1,712
S
smooth move Online Content
Extreme Angler
Online Content
Extreme Angler
S
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 1,712
i had a brain fart a few years ago and decided to smoke some gafstop because we were catching so many. i figgered if you can eat smoked mullet, you can eat anything. WRONG! prepped em and smoked em. took about 6 hrs total. they were horrible. i spit out the test filet and gave one to my dog. she ate it, then threw it up about a minuite later. threw em all out and chalked it up to a lesson learned.


es le bon ton roulet
Re: Need Advice on Cooking 'Other' Fish [Re: Stanley Orchard] #13702994 09/17/20 10:24 AM
Joined: Jul 2020
Posts: 18
T
The Zen Master Offline
Green Horn
Offline
Green Horn
T
Joined: Jul 2020
Posts: 18
I'm no expert, however, the single best thing anyone can do to any saltwater fish, no matter how a person intends to prepare it, is brine it for 24-hours in a refrigerator. Just a simple salt brine - you can Google quantities. And, this is especially true for any mackerel, which is my favorite fish to eat of all.

Back in the day, I would fillet the fish on the boat and use seawater as the brine - nothing better. Put fillets in zip-loc with the seawater brine and cover it with ice in the cooler. If you can't do it on the boat, do it as soon as possible thereafter in a homemade brine - the sooner you do it, the better quality your fish will be.

Again, I am no expert, and have no scientific proof other than observation. I think the brine draws the blood out of the meat - and, there is a reason that some folks like to bleed fish as soon as it is caught. But all I really know is that the difference between brined fish and un-brined fish is well worth the effort if excellent quality fish for cooking is your goal, and the fish stays fresher, longer, and freezes better. Also, when smoking or grilling fish, brining will help keep the fish from drying out.

Just remember to rinse the fish very well in cold water and dry it off before begin cooking / smoking / grilling.

I love me some mackerel - baked/broiled, with nothing on it but a brush of butter. I don't need no stinkin' lemons! laugh Sometimes I grill mackerel steaks over hickory coals...

I love seafood. I only wish there was more of it and it was easier to get.

Re: Need Advice on Cooking 'Other' Fish [Re: smooth move] #13703164 09/17/20 01:45 PM
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 2,516
J
JJ4MEL Offline
Extreme Angler
Offline
Extreme Angler
J
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 2,516
Originally Posted by smooth move
i had a brain fart a few years ago and decided to smoke some gafstop because we were catching so many. i figgered if you can eat smoked mullet, you can eat anything. WRONG! prepped em and smoked em. took about 6 hrs total. they were horrible. i spit out the test filet and gave one to my dog. she ate it, then threw it up about a minuite later. threw em all out and chalked it up to a lesson learned.


Some people swear by gafftop. I kept a few that we caught once and it was complete mush. barf Did not like it at all.

Re: Need Advice on Cooking 'Other' Fish [Re: Stanley Orchard] #13703214 09/17/20 02:31 PM
Joined: Aug 2019
Posts: 65
A
atx_ben Online Content
Outdoorsman
Online Content
Outdoorsman
A
Joined: Aug 2019
Posts: 65
Yall should check out this youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Landsharkfishingtv

He catches and cooks EVERYTHING -- chub, sailfish, hardheads, puffer fish, gar, lady fish, you name it. I love this channel, his mantra is "There are no trash fish, just trash cooks".

@Stanley Orchard -- the main point he makes in his videos is that you have to treat the fish as an ingredient. You can't just coat everything in cornmeal and fry it, you have to look at the fish and discover the best way to cook it for that fish. Ladyfish, for example, is super mushy. So in his video, he scraped the flesh out, and made fish balls. His taste testers LOVED it.

Last edited by atx_ben; 09/17/20 02:33 PM.
Re: Need Advice on Cooking 'Other' Fish [Re: atx_ben] #13703593 09/17/20 09:48 PM
Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 55,998
banker-always fishing Online Content
Super Freak
Online Content
Super Freak
Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 55,998
Originally Posted by atx_ben
Yall should check out this youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Landsharkfishingtv

He catches and cooks EVERYTHING -- chub, sailfish, hardheads, puffer fish, gar, lady fish, you name it. I love this channel, his mantra is "There are no trash fish, just trash cooks".

@Stanley Orchard -- the main point he makes in his videos is that you have to treat the fish as an ingredient. You can't just coat everything in cornmeal and fry it, you have to look at the fish and discover the best way to cook it for that fish. Ladyfish, for example, is super mushy. So in his video, he scraped the flesh out, and made fish balls. His taste testers LOVED it.




Neat thread! Plua #1. thumb


[Linked Image][Linked Image]

IGFA World Record Rio Grande Cichlid. Lake Dunlap.

John 3:16

Sinner's Prayer. God forgive me a sinner. I accept Jesus Christ as my Savior !
Re: Need Advice on Cooking 'Other' Fish [Re: Stanley Orchard] #13703658 09/17/20 11:58 PM
Joined: Aug 2018
Posts: 296
S
Stanley Orchard Offline OP
Angler
OP Offline
Angler
S
Joined: Aug 2018
Posts: 296
Man, guys thank you all so much. This is EXACTLY the info I was looking for! Really, REALLY appreciate you!


Stanley Orchard
Texas Family Fishing Vlog-eneur!
YouTube.com/stanleyorchard
Insta/Twitter: @OrchardStanley
Re: Need Advice on Cooking 'Other' Fish [Re: Stanley Orchard] #13704282 09/18/20 05:16 PM
Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 74
J
jaymzinsa Offline
Outdoorsman
Offline
Outdoorsman
J
Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 74
Agreed, nice thread. Just know what you are dealing with. An oily, bloody fish like a jack or bonita would probably do ok in the smoker if you bled it first. Most say kings are mushy but if you steak them with the skin on they hold together just fine and are great on the grill. A bony fish like carp does well when you cut out the blood line, pressure cook it and make fish cakes. Lots of folks on the coasts catch and cook shad during the spawn so I'm sure you could find some recipes on youtube. In addition to the advice on brining your fish, you can also soak them overnight in milk. This trick is great on fish that has been in the freezer for awhile and taken on a fishy smell, most taste very close to fresh after a long milk bath.

Re: Need Advice on Cooking 'Other' Fish [Re: Stanley Orchard] #13704559 09/19/20 12:09 AM
Joined: Aug 2019
Posts: 65
A
atx_ben Online Content
Outdoorsman
Online Content
Outdoorsman
A
Joined: Aug 2019
Posts: 65

Re: Need Advice on Cooking 'Other' Fish [Re: Stanley Orchard] #13705299 09/19/20 10:28 PM
Joined: Feb 2016
Posts: 425
M
MathGeek Offline
Angler
Offline
Angler
M
Joined: Feb 2016
Posts: 425
This approach works on lots of species.




Last edited by MathGeek; 09/19/20 10:29 PM.

�Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?" - The Messiah
Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread


© 1998-2019 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3