How do you cook Paddlefish

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rylagasse
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How do you cook Paddlefish

I caught an 82lb paddlefish so I've got a lot of meat to cook, and was wondering if any of you guys have any good recipes you can share with me.

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I have heard it tastes pretty good if you pickle it. Same way as northern is pickled. Also beer batter and deep fried is tasty. Last year, if you had it cleaned at the North Star Caviar station they handed out a recipe book with your cleaned fish. Congrats on the nice fish!

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Yea I lucked out and got a 84 pound paddlefish this year and Im lookin for a few ways to cook it too. Sat night we partied with a couple guys and they cooked theirs in tinfoil on a little grill with onions, butter, and some seasonings, and I have to admit it was pretty good, other than that I dont know any other way to cook them, I heard something about paddlefish burgers, but that doesnt sound to appetizing

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Bisquick and egg or a batter of some sort and fry.  My fav. way by far.  Add some of the morels I found yesterday and it is perfect.

Congrats on your fish!  How long did it take to crank that one in?

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RYAN,

The only reason that you have that fish to eat is because I GAFFED the SH*T out of it.........and when we have ate it I believe that we didn't use any breading or shore lunch, we cooked it like you would good lemon peppered walleye and it was pretty good.......

rylagasse
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Mark, I feel really bad for you guys, but thanks for gaffing my fish for me. Next year I'll gaff yours, and if you want some paddlefish meat I'll send you some.

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"Smoke'd" brown sugar cure...

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Couple year ago a cowork gave me 15lbs of paddlefish. I put it in a brine for 2 days that I found on the internet and smoked it for about 3 hrs at about 180deg. Turned out better than Smoked Steelhead Salmon I get from Washington State. Dam Tastee. Good LUCK!

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NoBiteSam
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Actually I didnt get teh fight I was looking for, I hooked her around the paddle, and was able to horse her in, took about 5-10min, nicest fish i've ever landed, I was lookin for a hour battle, runnin up and down the bank, but it was worth 3 days of hell!

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Ya need to hook the in the tail.  That will get you the fight you want.  Great job on the big fish, can't wait to see the pics.

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you can grill paddlefish, low heat or on a holland grill that doesnt have an open flame right under it. Malibou rum, melted butter lemon pepper or additional seasoning. place slices of lemen and or oranges on fish and brush on mixture as you cook. This works well with larger wallye fillets also.

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You can cook Paddlefish the same as you would cook a swordfish steak. On the grill, they are very similar in taste and texture (if you like swordfish). However, my favorite way to eat paddlefish is just batter them and fry them up like you would a walleye or perch. They taste awesome that way. So many people think that you need a different recipie for paddlefish, but prepare them the same as you would any other fish and you will be just fine.

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Deep fry em however u want and I usually mix miracle whip and ketchup til its lil bit orange then use em as a dip!! its dang good!!!

Triggerman

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I use Lipton Onion soup mix and French dressing mixed together, then baste the paddlefish with it as it is cooking on the grill. Works with baking in the oven as well, grill is always better. also good on salmon.

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I use Lipton Onion soup mix and French dressing mixed together, then baste the paddlefish with it as it is cooking on the grill. Works with baking in the oven as well, grill is always better. also good on salmon.

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My favorite way to have paddlefish is to cover one-half to three fourths of an inch thick fillet with a tab of butter and lemon pepper. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, then turn on the broiler to lightly sear the fish a golden brown.

Simple and flavorful without masking the flavor.

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That's seriously a great catch. If I were in your situation, I'd take it to the taxidermist or cook it just like you would a carp.

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Here is my recipe for cedar plank paddlefish

Here is what you will need

1 8 inch long 1x4 cedar plank
2 Tbsp Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp Sea Salt
1/4 cup Teryaki Sauce
1 tsp white pepper

pour Teryaki Sauce over the board slowly so it kinda soaks in, sprinkle all the seasonings on the board. Lay your paddlefish steaks on top and put in the oven at 200 degrees for 1.5 hours.

Remove the plank from the oven, throw the paddlefish steaks in the garbage and eat the cedar plank.

There just like I cook carp

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The absolute best way to cook paddlefish is to marinate it. There is a Jack Daniels marinade that is awesome. Cut the paddlefish into strips and throw it in the marinade for a day. When you are ready to cook it put it on the grill bare(no tin foil) It is the only way I will have it.

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   I caught my first (35lb) paddlefish last year in 2010.  First thing, you have to take care to fillet it proper, I ended up with about 1/3 net weight solid white meat.  Scrape off chunks of grey fatty tissue and get ALL the red meat out.  I've heard more than 1 person say that if you get a bite of the red meat it'll ruin you're paddlefish taste for life.

  Then, when I got home I rinsed & cut the meat into 1 1/2" chunks & soaked it in cool saltwater for 20 minutes while I prepped the coating/seasonings.  I made 3 batches (1lb. each).  I made a fried batch, a poached batch and a grilled batch.  

  Fried -  Dip in milk, dredge in flour, milk again then roll in cornmeal.  Fry till golden brown.  Serve with lemon wedge & tartar sauce. 

  Poached - I boiled for 8-10 minutes in a mixture of about 5-6 cups water mixed with 1 1/2 cup sugar & juice of 1 whole lemon squeezed into the water (I've also heard of people boiling it in Sprite).  Serve with cocktail sauce.

  Grilled - I seasoned with lemon-pepper & butter, wrapped in foil then grilled for about 18 minutes.  Serve with lemon wedges.

  I was pretty nervous on my first bite... but it turned out great!!  It  was not fishy at all, firm but not chewey & picked up flavor from each cooking method.  Just make sure it's cooked through & there's no red meat.  The fried fish reminded me of catfish.  The poached fish is said to be similar to lobster/shrimp (I didn't think so, but it wasn't bad).  The grilled was my favorite, savory, flavorful & fresh tasting.

  My fish didn't seem fatty, but it was on the smaller side (35lbs.) and a male.  I don't know if that makes a difference or not.  I've heard several people say smoked paddlefish is great.  Also, I had a paddlefish veteran this year tell me that he marinates p-fish steaks in a shark marinade (available online), I have no idea how that would taste, but sounds interesting.

  One thing I would like to try is harvesting/processing the paddlefish roe into caviar.  I know it's valuable, but I can't find any good info on the actual process.  If anyone knows, please help me out.  Hope this helps & happy fishing!

Yosh