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Old 01-22-2015, 09:47 AM   #1
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Sunfish and crappies

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??

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Old 01-22-2015, 10:03 AM   #2
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Dipped in egg. Rolled in corn meal. Fry them. Do it soon. The less freezing, the better tasting.

Cold water panfish are among the best tasting foods available.
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Old 01-22-2015, 10:04 AM   #3
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Sunfish and crappies

Friends would bread and pan fry the little fillets as well. Pretty tasty.
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Old 01-22-2015, 10:52 AM   #4
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Some excellent fresh water fish right there, I like to fillet them, and make a beer batter and deep fry.
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:38 AM   #5
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I grew up in Michigan with those fish frequently on the menu - a fish fry is definitely the way to go!
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We used to make this when we had an abundance of small fish from our ice fishing friends. You get two little silver dollar sized fillets from each fish. Don't overcook them, I would go about 2 minutes. Go easy on the crab boil, we used to just boil them in salted water with a squeeze of fresh lemon!

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Old 01-22-2015, 12:01 PM   #7
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I know aboput frying, my mother have fried sunfish and it was pretty good, if I remember it was like 15, mayb emore years ago. But what about crappies?
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Crappies are delicious, very mild and not at all "fishy" tasting. They take well to frying.
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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.
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Crappies, sunnies, bluegills... I had a lot of them growing up. We always called them "breakfast fish," because that was what we ate for breakfast when out camping.

They are no more difficult to fillet than any other fish. And I'd just salt them, dredge in a little flour, and fry. A very simple preparation.
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