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Old 12-18-2004, 09:20 PM   #1
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Fish Head Stew?

Okay - so I've got about a 5 lb grouper head in the freezer, given lovingly to me by my Sensei! We were at a local Gullah restaurant the other day, and had the 'fish head stew'; I think I can dup it at home, but was wondering if anyone had any recipes or tips?


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Old 12-19-2004, 08:52 PM   #2
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I don't have any recipes for this (wouldn't want one, to be honest! lol) but I found this one at Doyle's Good Fashioned Fish Recipes:

Fish Head Stew

Ask your friendly fishmonger in advance about the heads and he will be able to keep some for you.

1 large head of any fish jewfish, cod, snapper, kingfish, etc.), scaled
salt and pepper
3 tablespoons vinegar
1 onion,
500 g (1 lb) mushrooms, chopped
2 large tomatoes, chopped
2 sticks celery, chopped
1 tablespoon cornflour
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
2 dashes tabasco sauce
curry powder (optional)

Boil the fish head in sufficient water to cover it. Add salt, pepper and vinegar. After it has come to the boil, simmer slowly for 20 minutes. Be careful not to break its shape.
Fry the vegetables carefully in a little butter. Keep stirring them so that they do not burn.
Pour water off the fish head and add the vegetables. Make a paste of the cornflour with a little water, and the worcestershire and tabasco sauces. Stir in curry, if desired. Add to the fish and vegetables and cook gently for 10 minutes or so (depending on the size of the fish head).
Place in a baking dish or large casserole and serve with the head in a "swimming" position, the vegetables surrounding it.
Serve this dish with fresh fried chips. You'll need fingers, thumbs and a spoon!

I hope this helps.

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Old 12-20-2004, 05:28 AM   #3
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Sweet pic of the little ones, Barb!

The stew we had was more like a 'Manhattan clam chowder' taste; the meat had been picked off the fish head, so there were just little pieces in teh soup - I don't think I could handle the whole thing in a bowl, either, lol!
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Old 12-21-2004, 08:39 PM   #4
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The one you had definitely sounds better! lol If I find anything like that, I'll let you know.

Those are my grandkids, Andrew and Hannah. That picture is actually about a year and a half old. They lost their camera on a trip over a year ago and will be getting a new one soon, so hopefully I will have a new picture to replace this one soon. I live almost 3,000 miles from them, so I can't take any pictures right now. :(

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Old 12-21-2004, 09:11 PM   #5
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My mother used to make fish soup and she loved it. I don't know why because I could never stand it.
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Old 12-30-2004, 12:28 AM   #6
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i've had it in an asian restaurant once, made with crab legs and claws, and a few whole heads. it was very spicy, and very good. just try not to look into it's eyes when eating it, lol. kinda like eating chinese snails in black bean sauce. just suck them out of their shells, but don't look at them (they look like slugs). some things look gross but taste great!
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Old 09-15-2005, 05:52 PM   #7
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Finally put a recipe together yesterday! The fish market had huge snapper frames for $2 and I couldn't resist! Here's what I came up with:



1 large fish head and frame (snapper, grouper, salmon)*
1 chopped onion
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
2 bay leaves

Place all in a pot, add water to cover, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for about an hour. Strain liquid from stock into a large bowl. Discard vegetables. Pick the meat from the fish head and frame and save in a bowl.


1 large onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 carrots, diced
½ each red and green bell pepper, diced
2 parsnips, diced
about 5-6 parsley stalks
4 tablespoons oil

In a large pot on medium high, heat the oil and sautee all the above till soft.


3 medium potatoes, diced into about ½ inch cubes
About a gallon of the fish stock
1 large can peeled or diced tomatoes
1 cup V-8 juice
3 tablespoons salt
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp red pepper flakes (more or less to your liking)
2 tsp. marjoram
2 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. celery seed
2 tablespoons worchestershire sauce

Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about an hour.


The saved fish meat
1 can chopped clams*
8-9 large shrimp, peeled, deveined, cut in thirds*

Add some chopped parsley at the end for garnish.

* These were added just 'cause I had some leftovers in the freezer!
*Warning - if you've never cooked a fish head in water, the eyes do some very 'interesting' things!
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Old 09-16-2005, 09:38 AM   #8
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Just what do they do, marmalady?
We get by with a little help from our friends
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Old 09-16-2005, 01:58 PM   #9
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Well - if you reaaaally have to know - they turn white and fall out of the socket - so there's these little white marble sized balls floating around in the stock.
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Old 09-16-2005, 05:18 PM   #10
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I didn't really want to know, Marmalady.... and that was TOO much information

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