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Old 12-18-2011, 04:02 PM   #1
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Cutting off the fins!

I keep seeing certain instructions repeatedly in recipes. It usually goes like this: " ...and then take a pair of kitchen shears and cut off all the fins before frying the fish." If I did that my wife and daughters would murder me. Those are their favorite parts, next to the roe. Personally, I view it as being akin to putting booties on turkey drumsticks, unnecessary and somewhat foolish looking.

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Old 12-19-2011, 08:06 AM   #2
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I think there are both practical and asthetic reasons. If it were a lionfish, the fins have to come off as the spines carry venom. Removal of the fins probably offer the diner a more eye appealing dish. Don't worry, as things are going, you'll probably be finding lionfish in Texas over the next few years!

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