Suggestions for bluefish
My oldest pup just called...he caught two bluefish with his dad and is bringing them home. How should I cook them? I know I can grill them...any suggestions for preparations? TIA!!
Like Quine, I also appreciate a certain tang/acidity to accompany my bluefish- something to cut through and complement that big fish-oily quality. The last time I cooked some I made an accompaniment (relish? salsa?) out of orange segments to go with the grilled fish and thought it worked beautifully well. It was just the segments with some red onion and herbs (I'm pretty sure it was thyme, but could have been marjoram- either would work, though). It was so light and fresh tasting yet also stood up to the fish quite nicely, definitely one to do again.
I've always breaded and pan-fried bluefish filets.
Take filets, dip in beaten egg and seasoned breadcrumbs. Pan fry in a tablespoon or two of olive oil until breadcrumbs are golden brown on each side.
Bluefish does have a tendency to be oily and (in some bigger fish) strong. I've been eating them since I was a small child, as my dad fishes often and used to take me as well. The above has always been my favorite way to prepare bluefish.
Congrats to your pup...bluefish are fun to catch...they put up a good fight!
I would fillet them and remove the skin and cut away the dark, dark flesh. They are an oily, delicious fish. This time of year they are 3-4 pounds and the fillets are pretty thick so grill them on a low heat with a lemon and white wine mixture that you apply with a spoon during cooking. Turn them once. Now I'm homesick!
bluefish IS great on the grill. a simple oil & vinegar marinade does nicely too.
i don't grill often (hassle in apartment building), but i broiled it and served it recently with a chopped salad of tomato, onion, herbs, pepper, etc and it was lovely.
Marcella Hazen's Classic Italian (vol one, I think) Shrimp Broiled Adriatic Style, done on the grill.
Basically it's breadcrumbs, olive oil, garlic, and parsley. Cover filets with this mixture and allow to rest for an hour or so. Greill. Woo-ee!
Thanks to everyone for the reply. I will be making them (fillets) tonight...don't know how yet but my inclination is the grill since I won't be having the smell in the house...I love EVERY fish so I am excited to have it especially just caught off Martha's Vineyard.