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Mar 10, 2012 02:33 PM

What to do with small bass / bream?

I just had one of our customers give me a few fish from his fishing trip this morning. The biggest is a bass that is probably right under 2 lbs, and the smallest bass is right over the catch limit. There are also a couple Bream, which in my area are right about 8" or so right now.
What can I do with these fish other than fillet and fry them? I'm not really in the mood for a fried, greasy meal, and am open to any suggestions.

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  1. dredge *lightly* in flour, dip in egg white and milk, then into finely crushed saltine crumbs.

    Fry in *very* hot oil, and they won't be greasy.

    (and I'm making myself hungry.)

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    1. re: sunshine842

      This sounds great. I got 5-6 tiny fillets off of the smaller fish for which I will use this method tomorrow for lunch. That and some fresh cut fries should be a great Sunday lunch.

      1. re: neel2004

        I also have to confess that I was born and raised in the Midwest, and bass and bream (bluegill in the local lingo) fueled an enormous percentage of my summertime diet (many of which I'd caught myself!)

        I have never, ever had bluegill or bass that wasn't cooked as above!

        1. re: neel2004

          What we liked to do with fish that were on the small side to filet is to take a filet off one side and leave the other side intact on the bone.

      2. Lucky you! I would either grill or roast them. Fill the cavity with lemon slices and garlic (and/or fennel fronds). Season and dress simply with lemon juice.

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        1. re: chefathome

          I did something similar to this with the two that are for dinner tonight. I worked off of Alton Brown's recipe, by roasting them on a bed of parsley, onions, and dill and then covered with the same. The fish were a lot smaller than I guessed -- when I weighed them, the biggest was 3/4 lb and the smaller ones were 1/2 lb.

          1. re: neel2004

            Those are small but they must have been succulent! The recipe you used sounds very good - many of Brown's are I find.

        2. Bake with scales of potato.