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These are recipes for the typical sort of fish you will see in a market or go out and catch yourself. “Normal” fish, meaning fish without extra sets of bones, that don’t have common food prejudices against them, are unusually ugly, slimy or otherwise visually disadvantaged. Recipes for these more unusual fish can be found here.
Keep in mind that these species designations are merely suggestions. One of the beauties of fish cookery is that you can always sub in one fish for another. So look at the recipes first, then the fish species.
And all my salmon and trout recipes are on a different page — I have so many they needed one. For salmon and trout recipes, click here.
Some baseline techniques you will find useful as you come across various fish and seafood. Many of these apply to so many different kinds of seafood it’s worth compiling them here.
How to Fillet a Flounder or Halibut
Halibut, fluke, flounder, sole. This is how you fillet them. It’s simple, different from a regular fish.
Grilled Redfish on the ‘Half Shell’
This is how you grill fillets from large fish that have large scales, i.e., redfish or large rockfish or seabass — with the skins and scales on. It’s a good technique to master.
STRIPED BASS or WHITE SEABASS
TUNA and YELLOWTAIL
Grilled Tuna Steaks Sicilian Style
A Sicilian way to grill tuna, served with a simple salad that is fantastic. Works with any firm fish, not just tuna.
Sicilian Tuna Meatballs
Another Sicilian tuna recipe, this one is perfect for the tail ends of the tuna, which are pretty tough. Grind the trim off a tuna and you will not waste anything. And fear not: These meatballs are not “fishy” at all — they are shockingly meaty.
My tutorial on How to Fillet A Northern Pike, on Game & Fish Magazine’s site.
Fried Speckled Trout with Black-eyed Peas
A simple fried fish with a nice Southern-style salad of black-eyed peas, turnip or mustard greens, roasted red peppers, and yep, a bit of bacon. Any white fish will work here.
Pan Seared Red Snapper with Cherry Tomatoes
A light, fresh summertime dish you can do with Pacific rock cod, lingcod, snapper, grouper or any bass-like fish. Walleye and smallmouth bass is a good inland fish to use, too.
German Fish Balls with Green Sauce
Fish meatballs German style, gently poached and served with a tangy, herby green sauce.