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Butter, squirrel and yellow tail fish

 
SapphireBeach08
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My husband just brought home these fish which I've never seen up close let alone cooked. Anyone have a nice simple recipe? Limited ingredients please.

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Topic starter Posted : September 13, 2008 11:47 pm
Ronnie
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Since we usually eat them whole, you need to start there! Season them in your favorite herbs and spices. You can then pan fry, steam, saute or even bake them if you wish!

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Posted : September 13, 2008 11:55 pm
Juanita
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Since your name is SapphireBeach08, I assume you are on St. Thomas. At Marina Market, at the meat counter, they have a spice for fish. Comes in a blue tin. (There is one for meat in a red tin.). It is perfect for simple fish. Just follow the directions, but basically rub the fish with the spice and saute in a little olive oil or butter. Add fresh lemon. Yum!

I live on STX now and haven't found it here. I keep forgeting to pick some up when I go to STT.

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Posted : September 14, 2008 1:22 am
SistaIrijah
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greets

i used to just fry em whole and eat them
a little corn meal, salt and pepper.
fry em hard and go for what u know.
delicious.
mi nah nyam flesh anymore, but i do remember them being delightful.

peace

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Posted : September 14, 2008 8:59 am
SapphireBeach08
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Thanks everyone! I'm cooking them up today.

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Topic starter Posted : September 14, 2008 10:38 am
islandtyme
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Ok, I thought from the header, it was a stew ...................butter, squirrel & fish, then reading I learn it wasn't road kill stew after all!!!
Good thing, them wouldn't be squirrels ............. mongoose.

Salt,pepper,garlic & some crushed red peppers & cook 4 mins each side (if filleted) in olive oil.
Then I make some rice with saluted onions, more crushed red peppers, curry & pineapple juice.
Make a sweet spiced sauce..........onions, powered cyan pepper ,saluted in butter, add some brown sugar & more pineapple juice........cook down til thick.
Serve fish over rice & drizzle the sweet hot sauce over all of it........YUM!

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Posted : September 14, 2008 12:32 pm
Juanita
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islandtyme,
That sounds delicious! I think I'll try it with tilapia. Would it work for salmon, or does it need to be a white fish? Actually, it sounds like it would be good with almost anything, chicken, pork, etc.

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Posted : September 14, 2008 1:06 pm
islandtyme
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You can use it with any fish..............I'm not a big fan of fish, so it makes it taste oh sooooo much better.
I forgot to mention to squeeze lots of lemon or lime Juice on the fish prior to cooking & before adding the sweet sauce.

I cook chicken with the same sauce only adding some fresh ginger root & pineapple chunks. I cut the chicken into chunks, coat in the spices & salute. Then add some stir fry veggies (purchased at cost u less) & just when they are soft yet still crisp, I add the sweet spice sauce& coat well, serve over the same rice recipe.

The sweet glaze it great on chops.............on the grill pepper, sea salt & garlic. When almost done, coat with the sweet sauce, it will carmelize on the meat.

Same with the chicken breast cook on grill same as chops. You could then slice the breast into strips & put on a spinche salad & add some walnuts..........Yum!

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Posted : September 14, 2008 1:45 pm
Ronnie
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I would like to see you salute the onions!

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Posted : September 14, 2008 2:28 pm
islandtyme
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DOLT...............:$)

Saute'........................works more gooder !

Thnx Ronnie

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Posted : September 14, 2008 2:43 pm
Juanita
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I don't care if you salute them or saute them, it sounds wonderful. Sounds lots better than the breakfast sandwich I just had. Yes, my husband CAN ruin a grilled ham and cheese!8-)

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Posted : September 14, 2008 3:47 pm
charlotte
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I say salute the onions.....or they will make you cry.....:o)

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Posted : September 14, 2008 5:21 pm
SapphireBeach08
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We just got done eating. I went for just the spices & frying as I haven't a lot of groceries in as yet. The fish were delish. Even hubby liked them and he's not much of a seafood guy. He's going out again next week so I plan to try one or more of the more complicated recipes. Thanks a bunch guys.

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Topic starter Posted : September 14, 2008 10:10 pm
SunshineCruzan
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Hey Sapphire...
These are also known as "pot fish"...some of the sweetest the islands have to offer if you are willing to be careful of the small bones. Did you scale them yourself, of have it done for you where you bought them? (I hope they were gutted!:-o) I used to scale and gut these when I was a child (7-8yrs.) and I was always so proud when my grandma asked. Now, I still can but am trying to 'train' MY child to do the honors....not quite there yet! The three fish you mentioned are my favorites...but don't those sqirrel-fish have the meanest spines!? Thanks for the tasty memories !

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Posted : September 16, 2008 2:18 am
East End Doug
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You need to be careful eating pot fish. Reef fish can have ciguatera.Clean the fish well, the head and guts seem to have the largest concentration.If you feel tingling or numbness seek medical help right away.This is somewhat rare but can very dangerous to some people.

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Posted : September 16, 2008 3:22 am
SapphireBeach08
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Sunshine, I subscribe to the old "you catch 'em, you clean 'em" school of thought. Hubby was pretty cut up at the end of it. Doug, we did remove the head & guts. They must have been cleaned well as neither of us had any numbness or illness. Thanks for the warning, we'll be extra careful.

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Topic starter Posted : September 16, 2008 12:07 pm
Alexandra
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from that headline I thought you might be writing a southern Louisiana cookbook. 😉

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Posted : September 17, 2008 1:39 am
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