Cooking sea robin?
I never even thought this "fish" was edible.
I grew up and live at the Jersey Shore. My dad had 2 daughters instead of sons so he took us to do all of the things he would have done with boys... including charter boat fishing. Long story short, I've seen probably 100 sea robins bashed against the side of the boat to stun them so the mates could remove them from the hook.
Why did they never offer them to the people fishing on the boat? Guaranteed you'd always catch at least 2 sea robins to 1 fluke/flounder.
I was intrigued when I read about the Las Vegas Border Grill Trash Fish dinner a couple of weeks ago. They served sea robin ceviche as one of the first courses.
Has anyone ever attempted to cook sea robin before? If so, how?
I bought a couple of filets at the greenmarket early in the summer (they were really cheap, unsurprisingly). The seller advised me to dredge them in seasoned flour and saute them, so I did. They were okay, didn't taste like much. I think you'd be better off using sea robin in a fish soup or stew, as it seems sturdy enough for that.
Former neighbor would go out fishing as often as possible... would actually save a few "sick" days for during school year!?! He kept/cleaned/ate/shared just about EVERYTHING he caught. Think the problem with Sea Robins is that there's more to toss than eat?? Big, UGLY head and small edible tail. Remember it being mild and fairly firm.
I've caught more of them ugly things than I'd ever care to count. Closest thing we ever did to eatin' 'em though, was to cut 'em in half and use the tail end for crab bait.
I love sea robin. The tails are comparable to sea bass...nice and firm, and can be cooked any way you like- filleted and fried or broiled, or the tails can be left whole and steamed. The trick is to just keep the largest ones...of which there are usually plenty. I've caught them up to 3 lbs. As much as I love them, I usually release them...they are too cute and have too much personality...staring at you with those big eyes and making croaking noises. Be careful with the heads when you handle them- they are very spiny. (They are also the west Atlantic relative of the "rascasse" used in bouillabaise.)
I think quite a number of people have attempted to *cook* sea robin.
Now, attempting to *eat* it might be a different issue ...