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Ocean Catfish? What do I do with it?

AllaSiciliana Nov 17, 2012 12:54 PM

I bought something called "ocean catfish" today from a fishmonger on the street. (I'm in Boston). The guy said it was a deep-water fish that feeds mostly on crab and lobster, and it's mostly sold to hotels and high-end restaurants at $22/lb.

I've never heard of it before, any ideas on what to do with it? No breading, though, I'm supporting my dad in his attempt to stop eating breads/flour for health reasons.

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  1. hotoynoodle RE: AllaSiciliana Nov 17, 2012 01:06 PM


    if it's this same fish, it's badly overfished, and as a restaurant lifer, it's not something i recall served by any chef for whom i've worked.

    that being said, sounds like you can prep it like monkfish or halibut.

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    1. re: hotoynoodle
      AllaSiciliana RE: hotoynoodle Nov 17, 2012 01:32 PM

      Aww, I realized it's this one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_...

      Now I feel bad. I just hope they caught it by accident. This was at Haymarket, by the way. I assume from your username you're familiar with the area.

      1. re: AllaSiciliana
        hotoynoodle RE: AllaSiciliana Nov 17, 2012 01:38 PM

        yeah, i figured that's where you got it. :)

        look at it like this: if it's by-catch, at least it's not going to waste.

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      josephlapusata RE: AllaSiciliana Nov 17, 2012 02:26 PM

      Ocean Cat Fish is very good firm meat similar to Monk fish. The only problem is that it is a protected fish and illegal to posses at this time. The fish is also known as a Wolf Fish. Since you have it, no need to let it go to waste. This is the way I used to make it when I caught them from time to time in the past.

      4 x 7 oz. pieces of Wolf Fish
      4 oz. shrimp
      4 oz. lump crab
      3 oz. of sliced almonds
      4 tbsp. of butter
      Finely grated zest of one lemon
      Salt and pepper

      1.Place Wolf fish on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
      2.Combine shrimp and lump crab.
      3.Season fish with salt and pepper then place the shrimp and crab mixture on top of the fish.
      4.Mix almonds, butter and lemon zest together. Spread on top of the shrimp and crab. Bake at 400° for 7-9 minutes.

      You can substitute the crab meat for sea scallops cut up, lobster meat or, you could just omit the crab and shrimp all together. It is still very nice.

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      1. re: josephlapusata
        AllaSiciliana RE: josephlapusata Nov 18, 2012 06:24 PM

        Wow, that sounds amazing. I'll definitely try this out when I have fresh shellfish, thanks!

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