These fish cakes are wonderful when served with French fries and Peno Puppies. Makes 8 - 12 servings.
- 2 - 3 lbs. choupique fillets
- 2 - 3 lbs. baked Russet potatoes, crumbled
2 eggs, beaten
2 Tbsp. onion powder
1 cup of chopped green onions
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 measures of DIY Cajun Seasoning (or your favorite Cajun spice combo)
Old Bay Original seasoning (for poaching)
2 cups seasoned Italian bread crumbs
water (for poaching)
peanut oil (or regular vegetable oil)
Lightly sprinkle both sides of the fillets with Old Bay Original seasoning
In a medium pan, add the seasoned fillets and enough water to barely cover the fish
On medium heat, bring the water to a slow simmer, then lower the heat (do not boil)
Cover and poach the fillets until flaky, (about 10 minutes), then remove with a slotted spatula
Set the poached fillets aside a few minutes to drain and cool before breaking apart
In a separate bowl wisp together the eggs, chopped green onions, parsley, onion powder and Cajun seasonings
Mix everything together thoroughly and form fish patties (about 4" in diameter)
Coat the patties with Italian bread crumbs
Add about 2 inches of peanut oil in a cast-iron skillet (or other heavy skillet)
Fry at 365 degrees F. for about 4 minutes on each side (until golden brown)
Cut lemons into several wedges to serve with the fish patties
JacquesG, Real Cajun Cooking, 08/26/11
It uses one whole 2lb fish to feed two adults. The fish should be gutted then frozen, then allowed to defrost in the fridge so that the meat literally turns to mush when you try to clean it.
Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and pour in lime juice (lemon works in a pinch, but lime gives the fish a little extra 'zing'). Scrape your fish flesh out of the bowfin with a spoon, knife, fingers, or whatever else works. Fling the mushy stuff into the skillet and allow it to simmer in the lime juice, chopping it apart as it cooks (this gives it the right consistency for taco meat). Once it's cooked and most of the lime juice has been absorbed or cooked off, drain your meat then mix in the taco seasoning of your choice, following the directions on the package. The fish doesn't overpower the seasoning's flavor, so you get a much more potent kick than you do when you use beef.
Serve on tortillas with salsa, cheese, lettuce, sour cream and anything else you desire. Yum!!
(BTW, great site! I sooooo should've submitted the picture of the 24" behemoth we caught in Foster's Creek down here in South Carolina.)
- 1 choupique
- 5 red potatoes
- 1/4 white onion, cut into chunks
- 4 cloves elephant garlic, peeled
- 1 cup of chopped shallots
- 4-8 tbs of Worstershire sauce
- Italian breadcrumbs
- Salt to taste
- Cayenne pepper to taste
Leave fish alive till ready to grind. Boil red potatoes. When potatoes are done, peel them and chop them into small chunks. Grind together potatoes, onions, garlic, and shallots in a large bowl.
Clean your choupique and fillet completely. Take out ribs and make sure there is no skin left on them. Cut choupique into chunks and grind with all your previously ground ingredients. Season with cayenne pepper and salt. Add about 4-8 tbs of Worstershire sauce, mix very well. Add breadcrumbs, just enough to barely cover the top of your other ingredients, then mix well and form into patties.
Preheat skillet on medium heat. In a small amount of cooking oil, cook patties all the way through. Enjoy! This also works with garfish too - just make sure fish is properly skinned and filleted.
I fried gar many times. Season well and deep fry. No batter, corn meal or flour. But, I preferred mine in patties.
We bought a "hunk" of gar. I used a spoon and raked that across the meat. It takes out the meat and leaves the connector tissue. Mix with egg, breadcrumbs and seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic power, onion powder). Make into a pattie and pan fry in shallow oil. Soooooo good!
But, the "mud fish" (shoepick, cypress trout) makes the best fish patties. Do the same way with the spoon, egg, bread crumbs and season. These are even better.
Lois B, LA, 05/08/09
Use cornmeal or any type package of fish breading; salt/pepper to your liking, and above all Seafood Magic®. How much to use you ask: sprinkle generously into the seasoning. I suggest you put a little on your finger and taste so you can see how much to add. I don't measure anything in this recipe. Anyway, get oil hot, I use peanut oil, but that would be your preference. Drop filets in, cook until coating turns golden brown, take out and let cool for about........heck after you take the first bite, you ain't gonna wait fer it to cool. And this my friend, will make any beer taste like champagne.
FinMeister (JohnC), 10/20/08
- 1/4 lb. soda crackers
- 2/3 cup flour
- 2/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
Blend all ingredients in food processor until coarse in grind. Roll fillet in beaten egg then breading. Deep fry until golden in color and flakes easily. This is good on veggies and mushrooms too.
Roger W, 07/21/08
Contrary to what most people evidently believe, I have found that the fish don't have to be eaten immediately in order for them to be palatable. I do kill the fish and fillet them before they have a chance to die and turn mushy. After removing the fillets from the carcass, and then removing the scales, I bag the fillets and keep them on ice until I get home. At home, I remove rib bones and any small portions of bloody flesh or other unwanted remains. The fillets are then ready for cornmeal and immediate use or cornmeal and freezing for later use. I have had good experience with keeping the prepared fillets (don't season fillets to be kept for extended period of time) up to a full year, in my freezer. When the fillets are thawed, they are cut into desired portion size, re-rolled in cornmeal and then deepfried or baked. When I am deep frying the grinnel, I like to cut them so that the pieces are approx. 1" wide by the length of the fillet from top to bottom.
When I found your site, I was actually looking for information on grinnel caviar! I guess I will have to give that a try - though I am not too keen on the idea of eating raw fish eggs!
Happy fishing and God bless,
NickE, MO, 04/28/08
- Soak skinless bowfin fillets in buttermilk for 4 hours in the fridge.
- Pre-heat oven to 350F.
- Butter a large glass casserole dish.
- Place a layer of sliced onions on bottom of the dish, then layer the fillets on top.
- Pour Italian salad dressing over fin fillets.
- Place another layer of sliced onion on top.
- Cover with tin foil and bake for 30 minutes or until flaky.
- Remove from heat, uncover, and sprinkle chedder cheese on top and recover till melted.
- Salt and pepper to taste or spritz with hot sauce.
This makes for one scrumptious meal and it's not only for bowfin. I use it on most my fish.
I hope you all like it as much as I do.
TimT, NCPierman, NC, 03/14/07
Lil Roo's Pickled Dogfish
BAGman, here is the secret recipe for which security clearance is needed.
- Cut the doggie into small 2"x"3 squares and put into a canning jar.
- Soak overnight in a 50-50 solution of water and distilled vinegar.
- Drain and place in a boiling water solution of 3 cups vinegar and 1 cup water.
- Add cloves, allspice, mustard seed or pickling spice, salt and pepper, and maybe a slice of lemon.
- Boil the fish until done. Save the liquid.
- Place the fish pieces in a jar and cover with sliced or diced onions.
- Pour the boiling solution into the jar and seal.
It will be good for a couple of months. Enjoy!
Lil Roo, 03/26/06
JohnD's Bowfin Stew
I made a nice bowfin stew today similar catfish stew. I skinned the bowfin pieces I had in freezer, slightly unthawed, by running a sharp knife between skin and flesh. It may have helped to use some catfish skinning pliers. Boil the fish in water and some salt, drain, then remove the bones and put fish back in the now empty pot. Finely dice some potatoes, celery, onion, a few pieces of lean bacon, and some green onion. Add to pot with a couple of cans of diced tomatoes then add enough water to cover. Add a couple of caps of vegetable oil, salt and pepper, chopped fresh parsley and dry, powdered chicken bouillon, and one (or more) small dry red hot pepper.
Well to tell you the truth, I liked this better than the catfish stew. I served it over white rice to make a soup style stew. It is a great and delicious stew - bon appetit!
John D in SC 02/06/06
Nathan's Fried Fins
Hey, I've been hoarding a massive amount of Bowfin in my
freezer out back for a while now, and I just cooked my biggest fillets
up last night. All I did was take a cast iron skillet, fill it about 2"
deep with oil, salt and pepper the fillets, sprinkle a good bit of
powder cornmeal on top. I dropped them in there and they came out as
the whitest meat I've ever cooked. I knew the oil was hot enough to
cook when the mosquitoes flying into it began to sizzle when they hit!
They fillets were about 4 lbs a piece and took 7 minutes both sides,
not too long. The skin was left on and made for a nice textured feel.
Cotton-Fish? Ha, what fool cooked their Fin wrong enough for it to
taste like cotton? Definitely an excellent taste. Thought this might be
helpful to post somewhere, seeing as it's so simple.
Duane R's Recipes
I recently was turned on to the bowfin. A friend of mine
brought me some filets of this fish. He told me that most people throw
them back in. He told me to blacken them to make them taste good. As a
test, I made a homemade beer batter and fried one half and the other
half I blackend in a skillet. It was awesome. They were so good that
now I fish for them all the time. They put up such a fight! I work in
food service and want to put together a cook book for recipies for the
bowfin. I already have 2 good ones with more in mind.
4 nice fillets, Sprinkle with garlic powder, Seasoned Salt,
Oregeno, Basil, Crushed Red Peppers, Cayenne, Lemon Pepper, and Fresh
Ground Pepper. Then give a few shots of Tabasco or Cholula.
Heat a cast iron skillet and add 3 Tablespoons of Butter. Make sure the skillet is hot.
Lay in the Fillets and cook for about 2 minutes on each side. Be sure
to lay the fillets with the seasoned side down. Then repeat the
seasoning while the other side is cooking. Put a lid on it to help trap
the steam and make the cooking process quicker. Garnish with Parsley
and Lemon Slices. Enjoy!
Beer Battered Bowfin
Batter- 1 cup Flour, 1 cup Cornmeal, 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder, 1 egg
- beaten, 1 teaspoon Salt. 1 bunch fresh parsley minced. 1 bottle of
beer. 1 Tablespoon black pepper. 1/2 cup water. A Few Shots of Tabasco or Cholula. Mix with a wire whip. Add water if batter seems too thick or tighten with flour if too thin. Put a 1/4 cup of flour in a bowl with salt and pepper. Mix Well. Coat the fillets in this mixture and then dip in the
beer batter. Drop into oil that is 350 degrees. Fry until golden brown.
Serve with Tartar Sauce or your favorite sauce. Have fun with this. Be
sure to serve this dish with some Ice Cold Beer. Enjoy!
Duane R 03/05/05
Joey B's Recipes
I have heard of people smoking a choupic whole by gutting it
and deheading it then smoking it in a pit but I have never done this.
Choupic patties are popular. Basically it's choupic and
various vegetables (onions, shallots, bell peppers, etc.) ground up and
coated with bread crumbs and fried. This is the method people use when
they have plenty of fish and want to freeze some. They cook these and
store and freeze them.
The method I am most accustomed to and enjoy the most is
frying them. I fillet the fish keeping just the fillet from the side.
Occasionally if I don't have many fish I will keep the back
bone, ribs, and under part of their stomach which are all good pieces
except for the bones you have to pick around. After I fillet them, I
wash the meat and cut it into small pieces, almost as small as popcorn
chicken. I season the fish with various spices (red pepper, salt,
garlic powder, onion powder - all just enough to lightly coat meat) and
sometimes I put mustard on them too (this gives a unique taste to any
type of fish being fried). Then I just batter them in a fish fry
batter. Around here we have something called Zatarain's Fish
Fri which I doubt is available anywhere else.
Corn meal batter also works well, if you season the batter. I coat the
fish with the batter and I throw them in a pan with some vegetable oil
and fry them until they a nice golden brown. Depending on how much
crunch you want depends on how long you fry them. This method is my
favorite and most people even around here think I'm odd for
saying that choupic is my favorite fried fish, but it is.
Joey B (from LA) 08/16/04
Kent M's Recipes
This fish is very good if kept alive until everything is
ready for deep frying, and I do mean everything. Simply fillet the
fish, rinse quickly, then use your favorite dip for catfish and deep
fry. Do not let the fish sit at all after filleting.
Sometimes we will fix a shore lunch. We gather whatever wild greens
and tubers that are available, and any wild berries we can find.
We cook them in small pot. Boil the water 15 minutes to purify it
before adding the veggies. We use a cast iron skillet to fry fish or
for walk-in places we use aluminum foil. Have good bed of coals before
filleting live fish. When using a skillet, get the oil hot before
filleting fish. Roll the fillets in a dry mix (half flour, half Jiffy
cornbread mix) then fry. For aluminum foil, wrap fillets in foil after
seasoning. Wrap twice, put on coals, turn once after 5 minutes, cook
for 10 minutes then check for doneness. Hot summer weather is best time
for 'fin fishing.