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Quick, what to do with a whole yellow croaker?

skus Aug 7, 2006 11:41 PM

Need idea on how to turn a whole yellow croaker into dinner tonight. Chinese preparations prefered, but other ideas are also welcome. Thanks so much!

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    ayanlang Nov 9, 2009 09:23 AM

    The Korean restaurants in Atlanta frequently serve a whole fried yellow croaker as banchan (appetizer). It's a standard deep-fried treatment with a flour-type breading, very light and crispy. It's delicious, if a little finicky to pick out the fine bones with chopsticks. (They also don't gut the fish to my knowledge, so I am always careful not to burst the little fish gut sac open - I am too Western to enjoy that bitterness. :-)

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      jerzzy Oct 29, 2008 07:17 PM

      Mmmm just roasted 2 whole croakers last week and we loved every bite!
      Stuffed the cavity with lemon and dill. Drizzled lemon all over fish then salted and peppered.
      375 oven about 1/2 hour.
      I hope they're still on sale locally again this week!

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        sooyoo Oct 29, 2008 01:11 PM

        Hi, I know that this is an old post but yellow croaker is one of my favorite fishes. I like to prepare it very simply. Scale and leave the fish whole, including the head. Salt, pepper and a generous amount of sesame seed oil (yes, even tho it's strong). Bake in the oven at 375F (how long depends on the size of the fish). Flip half way thru.

        The results will be a very clean tasting meaty fish with a sticky salty sauce from the juices that run out.


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          Teraesa22 Oct 29, 2008 02:59 PM

          The jamaican restaurant near me fries them whole with a onion-curry sauce. It's excellent but yes bony..

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          skus Aug 8, 2006 02:56 PM

          Okay, I guess it's time for a report. I pan fried the whole fish in a non-stick pan, 8 minutes per side. While the fish was frying I browned some minced garlic, ginger, green onion, added some bottled seafood sauce that I bought from an Asian store. Removed fish from frying pan, blotted excess oil, poured sauce over the fish. It was crispy, salty outside, white and sweet inside. It was delicious. I thought it would be bony, too, but not at all.

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            Hungry Celeste Aug 8, 2006 01:56 PM

            I use yellow croakers as bait to catch really big redfish! Never eaten one myself...aren't they rather bony?

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              OldTimer Aug 8, 2006 03:39 AM

              A croaker is a fish that makes a sound like "crooooak!" all night long. When is has a yellow hue, it is a yellow croaker. I understand that a redfish is like a croaker, but I never really liked croaker.

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                LisaAZ Aug 8, 2006 02:22 AM

                I need an idea of what a whole yellow croaker is!

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                1. re: LisaAZ
                  melly Aug 8, 2006 12:38 PM

                  I thought it was a yellow frog.

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