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Dawgluver 03-15-2014 09:36 PM

I'm on another board, and we were discussing the deliciousness of this nasty but beautiful imported predator. Here's a link as to where you can find some:
http://lionfish.co/eat-lionfish-here/. There are some places in the US serving it.

And a description of the taste:
If you can get it, it's absolutely outstanding, and now I need a drool rag.

Steve Kroll 03-15-2014 10:10 PM

One caveat with Lionfish is the risk of ingesting a toxin that they can carry in their system.

Link to FDA warning: FDA Adds Lionfish to List of Fish That May Carry Ciguatoxins | Food Safety News

Dawgluver 03-15-2014 10:15 PM

I think I would be worried about it in barracuda, where it's common, and in the other bigger predators such as grouper, but lionfish rarely reach more than 12 inches.

And interestingly, according to your article, ciguatoxin is found in snapper, amberjack, and all the other fish that are commonly served world-wide! I guess if ya eats big fish of any kind, ya takes yer chances...

"In its draft guidance, FDA refers fish processors to its Fish and Fishery Products Hazards and Controls Guidance, also known as The Guide, for a list of the fish that MAY carry dangerous levels of ciguatoxins. These include certain species of barracuda, grouper, scamp, amberjack, snapper, hind, hogfish, jobfish, pompano, jacks and trevally, wrasse, mackerel, tang, moray eels and parrotfish, according to The Guide."

I have eaten plenty of grouper, snapper, pompano and hogfish. Not interested in eating moray though.

Andy M. 03-15-2014 10:28 PM

There is a campaign in Aruba to promote eating lion fish.

Dawgluver 03-15-2014 10:32 PM


Originally Posted by Andy M. (Post 1351577)
There is a campaign in Aruba to promote eating lion fish.

Try it, you'll like it! The link I posted had several Aruban restaurants listed. If you can, get it coconut crusted, to die for!

When we were snorkeling along a reef wall last December, I spotted my first lionfish "in the wild". I was really excited, and directed DH to come and see it. Then I looked up, and an entire Mexican family was up top watching the same lionfish. I asked them in broken Spanglish if they had a net, I would catch it for them. They would have gotten a nice 2 inch fillet from it :lol:

CraigC 03-16-2014 08:07 AM

Thank you so very much Atlantis, Paradise Island!:mad:

dragnlaw 03-16-2014 08:20 AM

Thanks Dawgluver,
Very interesting - good reading. Should I ever be in a restaurant that specializes in seafood I'll ask. (and I'm not talking about the Lobster!)

Cheryl J 03-17-2014 12:26 AM

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Fascinating articles, Dawg! I read both of them with great interest, and learned a lot. I would absolutely try lionfish, given the chance. Not much chance of that here in the CA desert, but who knows, I may go somewhere that it is offered. :smile:

My son-in-law Steve took this pic of a lionfish when he was scuba diving in Bali a couple of years ago. Such strangely beautiful creatures!

Dawgluver 03-17-2014 12:46 AM

Thanks Cheryl! What a beautiful picture!

salt and pepper 03-17-2014 01:41 PM

Eat lionfish? Sure, but beware of the nasty toxins - Vitals

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