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Florida Fish of the Week

#1 Post by Jim Stewart » January 5th, 2019, 4:09 pm

We are spending the winter months in Ft Myers, the city of palms and grouper sandwiches. There is a fishmonger shack/stand down the street. After talking about how we should get more fresh fish into our eating, we stopped by and came back with a thick filet of Tripletail. Unfamiliar with the fish, but looked it up: the fish is not “pretty”; it can get quite large - up to 40 inches and 40 lbs. ; the taste is described as similar to grouper or snapper.
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I prepared the fish by slightly modifying a recipe from a video that I found online that pan roasted it and served with a lemon butter sauce. I Lowry-seasoned the filet, coated both sides in Lowry-seasoned flour, pan seared one side in olive oil and butter, flipped and finished in a 350 Fahrenheit oven for about 14-15 minutes (it was a THICK filet!). I simplified the lemon butter sauce to have less butter and seasoned with salt and pepper.
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The fish was served with a spinach salad, and a side of locally made mild salsa. I pulled a white CDR Villages ‘Laudun’ from the chilled bottles that were in the refrigerator door. Not a firm fish, not like a cod or halibut, but delicious eating. It did remind me of grouper. The wine was also very nice: dry, aromatic, softly flavorful. A good companion. Simple pleasures.
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#2 Post by David K o l i n » January 5th, 2019, 5:15 pm

Thanks, Jim. I think we all have a duty to eat sustainable off-menu fish. They’re hard to find here in Chicago
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#3 Post by JesseC » January 5th, 2019, 5:20 pm

Very nice, did they have a bunch of different lesser-known fish available?
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#4 Post by Anton D » January 5th, 2019, 5:32 pm

That was awesome! I look forward to the rest of your winter!!!
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#5 Post by Brandon R » January 7th, 2019, 9:28 am

Very cool idea - purposefully trying new fish. I'm looking forward to following this.
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#6 Post by Paul Jaouen » January 7th, 2019, 11:18 am

The only time I've had that fish is at a restaurant in your neck of the woods. It was delicious. I would definitely buy it if I could find it.
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#7 Post by Jim Friedman » January 7th, 2019, 11:35 am

I have had that fish in Aruba a few times as a special of the day. It's very good.

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#8 Post by Mike Davila » January 7th, 2019, 3:29 pm

Triple tail is good, your preparation looks delicious.
If they have it you may want to try the lion fish.
Not only is it tasty but consuming it is a great way to help control it, as it is an invasive predator fish.

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#9 Post by George Hejna » January 7th, 2019, 3:49 pm

Please eat as much lion fish as possible...

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#10 Post by David K o l i n » January 7th, 2019, 3:56 pm

George Hejna wrote:
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Please eat as much lion fish as possible...

TIA,

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And Asian carp
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#11 Post by Jim Stewart » January 12th, 2019, 3:56 pm

This week’s chalk board at the fish shack was headed by Florida Keys shrimp and black grouper, but we opted for the yellowtail snapper listed third. This is a fish that I have actually caught in undersized versions fishing from the shore on Sanibel, but never have eaten. There are several versions of “snappers” down here. The yellowtail can get up to about 30 inches and several pounds or so. It is described as good to excellent eating.
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The flesh of the yellowtail snapper seemed a little coarser grained than last week’s tripletail, but still nice looking filets. I chose a simple preparation, since dinner was going to compete with NFL playoff watching. I found a recipe for crumb coated red snapper online and slightly modified it with the yellowtail. The filet was coated in a mixture of bread crumbs and parmesan. I did an egg wash before coating and also put some Lawry's salt in the coating mixture. Pan fried the coated filet in a little olive oil on medium heat for about 4 minutes on each side.
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The fish was served with a baked potatoes and onions dish and peas. I chose the chilled NY Riesling from the refrigerator door. (2017 HJ Wiemer Dry Riesling which was recommended by several posters in a recent thread “Favorite Riesling from USA”.)
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I had no grated parmesan and decided to substitute some “finely shredded”. Probably not a good move, as the heavier filet stuck to the pan and lost most of the coating. The smaller filet fared well. Tasty simple fresh fish, but not up to the tripletail last week but that was prepared differently and served with a lemon butter sauce. Not the same quality preparation. (Hey, I am watching the NFL Playoffs!).
The Riesling was nice: almost a slippery mouth-feel, oily lemon and other fruit/herbs, light and dancing, dry, enjoyable to drink with the meal and alone, plus my wife’s approval = a keeper. We ate well tonight!
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#12 Post by David K o l i n » January 12th, 2019, 4:09 pm

Love that fish
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#13 Post by George Hejna » January 13th, 2019, 7:01 am

Caught a big beautiful yellow tail in Belize. Brought it back to the resort and the chef prepared it multiple ways. It was really great.

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#14 Post by John O' » January 13th, 2019, 9:47 am

Had blackened sheepshead fish at a joint just north of Daytona last week. Tasty, but look at those choppers.

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#15 Post by Jim Stewart » January 13th, 2019, 10:02 am

George Hejna wrote:
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Caught a big beautiful yellow tail in Belize. Brought it back to the resort and the chef prepared it multiple ways. It was really great.

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George, even the undersized yellowtail that I have caught on light tackle will take runs that make the drag scream. Catching a large one must have been very cool! -Jim
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#16 Post by Jim Stewart » January 13th, 2019, 10:07 am

John O' wrote:
January 13th, 2019, 9:47 am
Had blackened sheepshead fish at a joint just north of Daytona last week. Tasty, but look at those choppers.

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John, agreed the top front teeth are eerily human-like. We caught a few last week in the backwaters and I told my fishing partner that the bottom teeth reminded me of corn on the cob. -Jim
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