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Salmon salad. Pretty ordinary, right? My version, as you might expect, comes with a twist: It’s made by grilling everything but the main fillets, then stripping the meat for this salad. Thrifty, and awesome.
When you catch a big fish, don’t forget the “collar,” the meaty bit right behind the gills. Marinated and grilled, it is a spectacular part of the fish.
Clams steamed in a spicy Spanish tomato sauce. This dish is a knockout. Eat it with a fork in one hand, a hunk of crust bread in another. A damn good appetizer or light dinner.
Ah, the unloved bluefish. I grew up catching and eating these oily, oceanic piranhas, and I love them still. Smoked bluefish is one of my favorite smoked fish, largely because I can then make this pate from it.
Called strangolapreti — “priest stranglers” — in Italian, these dumplings made with breadcrumbs, cheese and a green thing (spinach, amaranth, chard, etc) are easy to make and are a great vegetarian main course or side dish for something meatier.
If you live in California, this is a baseline fish recipe with most anglers. Everyone has a personal version of it, and pretty much anything you catch will work in a fish taco, although I used halibut here. My version uses a little salsa verde and avocado.
A Greek-inspired venison stew slowly simmered with all sorts of wild greens, from dandelions to lamb’s quarters to wild fennel, amaranth, orache — really whatever you can find. Of course this is also great with turnip or mustard greens, kale or collards, too.
Fried morels. Where have you been all my life? Seriously. I have eaten morels for decades, but only recently have I experenced the glory of the fried morel. I am not looking back.