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Old 01-22-2015, 03:58 PM   #11
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Grind them up and use them as fertilizer in your vegetable garden.
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Old 01-22-2015, 04:32 PM   #12
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Fry 'em whole and eat carefully.
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Old 01-22-2015, 05:44 PM   #13
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Scale them.
Rinse them.
Dredge them in flour seasoned with S & P. Then fry them up in about 1/4" of hot oil.
That's some good eating you've got there.
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Old 01-23-2015, 10:31 AM   #14
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I am no fisherman by any stretch. But yesterday company had "meet your new boss" meeting on the lake. Break the ice so to speak, pan intended. We went ice fishing. Fishing itself I only went few times in my life, ice fishing for sure is the first one for me. I brought home some sunfish and some crappies. I scaled and clean the guts. I cut the heads of as it was pretty late and I had no desire to spend time trying to get gills out. Fish is pretty small. I put everything in the freezer until I decide what to do with it. Though I love fish, I do not like river or lake fish, too many bones. Any advice what to do with it??
Can't advise on cooking them other than like trout (grilled or broiled) but it has been my observation with cooking trout whole that if you leave the heads on you have less anquish with the bones when you come to eat it. (You do have to remove the gills, though, otherwise the flesh can taste bitter but I expect you know that.)
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Old 01-23-2015, 11:56 AM   #15
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As soon as possible, whatever you choose to do --

Working with decades-old memories, the very small fish were rolled in corn meal with salt & pepper and fried to as crispy a state as possible so that the bones could be crunched and eaten along with the meat. As mentioned before, eat carefully. "Larger" ones get fileted, those small pieces rolled in corn meal and fried -- back then it was melted Crisco, but I guess any frying-fat is fine.

Never removed the gills to my knowledge; just the head, tails, & innards. Not sure if we even removed scales. I remember thinking that it was a lot of work with little return. Maybe garden fertilizer is a better use.
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Old 01-23-2015, 12:03 PM   #16
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I usually batter fry them but lately have been doing the three pan
thing, one flour, seasoned, one egg wash and the last pan with Panko bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Then fry them. Have been getting raves with this breading. Of course you also season each pan.
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Old 01-23-2015, 12:40 PM   #17
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As soon as possible, whatever you choose to do --

Working with decades-old memories, the very small fish were rolled in corn meal with salt & pepper and fried to as crispy a state as possible so that the bones could be crunched and eaten along with the meat. As mentioned before, eat carefully. "Larger" ones get fileted, those small pieces rolled in corn meal and fried -- back then it was melted Crisco, but I guess any frying-fat is fine.

Never removed the gills to my knowledge; just the head, tails, & innards. Not sure if we even removed scales. I remember thinking that it was a lot of work with little return. Maybe garden fertilizer is a better use.
If you remove the head, you've removed the gills. Some like to fry with the head on. In that case you might want to remove the gills when cleaning.
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Old 01-23-2015, 12:52 PM   #18
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Crappies are delicious, very mild and not at all "fishy" tasting. They take well to frying.
I like crappie fillets fried up crispy. You can keep the other ones.

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The crappie, sunfish (bluegill) and bass caught in our So. Florida fresh water canals, rivers and lakes, taste like mud and have elevated levels of mercury and other toxins from agri-business pollution.
Very true. Even when I lived there over 20 years ago, the fresh water fish were not worth eating as far as taste. I can imagine all the runoff today.
I prefer salt water fish anyway.

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If you remove the head, you've removed the gills. Some like to fry with the head on. In that case you might want to remove the gills when cleaning.
Whats up with removing the gills? I am trying to remember when my mother would roast a whole snapper. I don't think anything was removed except the guts, and trimming of the fins so it would lay flat.
Head, gills and eyes remained. I am not 100% on the gills, but I did do the gutting at the dock. Its entirely possible she left the gills intact or may have removed them after i was done cleaning them.?
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Old 01-23-2015, 12:57 PM   #19
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A favorite way to prepare them as a teen, out on the river fishing with a buddy, was to clean, skin, and fillet them. We would then pan-fry them in a little butter, along with sliced potatoes (left-over baked spuds are great for this). The fried potatoes and fish fillets were then put in a sandwich with a little ketchup (I'd probably use salsa now). Out on one of the little islands, with a cast iron pan, and a small cooking fire, those were some very good sandwiches, just one of the joys of growing up on U.P. Michigan's St. Mary's river.

I'm thinking that if they were simply fried, then cut into chunks, they would make a wonderful addition to a salad.

One more tip; If you freeze the fish, completely immersed in water, they will keep fresh tasting for a long time.

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Old 01-23-2015, 01:41 PM   #20
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Chief, I didn't think Yoopers were allowed to eat fish without Indian bread. Lol
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