Paddlefish recipes

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Paddlefish recipes

Does any one have a good recipe for paddlefish?

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Give it to the people that ask you for fish all the time.

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i've only eaten it smoked. it does smoke up pretty good being so oily.

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Some things are not meant to be eaten. Walleyes are for eating - paddlefish are for cathing.

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But catching paddlefish sure is fun!

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I might be able to help ya out! A few years back I received a copy of a receipe booklet from the Mont. State Univ. people studying the paddlefish at the confluence.

The recipe booklet has approx. 20pgs of ways to pickle, can, cook, or make sauces from paddlefish. I could scan it for you, or you could try to obtain a copy from the MSU Extension Service. If you want me to scan it you'll have to leave me your email address so I can send it directly to you.

The email on the back page of the booklet is from the Richland County Extension Service in Sidney, MT. It shows the address of richcoex@lyrea.com

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Batter and fry just like you would a walleye. That is by far my favorite way to eat them.

On the grill with a little butter and lemon, they remind of swordfish steaks. Not bad tasting, but I do prefer them battered and fried. My family would rather eat paddlefish than walleye or perch.

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The smaller fish, ones up to 60-65# are pretty good eating. Soak the fillet overnight in water then strip all the red/brown meat off the fillet. Cut it up into 1

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We like to soak the cubes in milk for an hour or so and use a beer batter and deep fry. But my favorite way is on the grill. Cut the chunks into 1-1/2" X 2-1/2" long pieces. Wrap a 1/2 strip of bacon around it and pin with a toothpick. Put your favorite BBQ sauce on and grill until the bacon is browned. As bottombouncer stated you want to make sure you clean all the red/brown meat/fat off before preparing.

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How are people chowing on all the prehistoric paddlers? Bowhunter_24, what you doing with yours?  Any good recipes out there?

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Sportsman Said:
 My family would rather eat paddlefish than walleye or perch.

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Seriously, p-fish is good to excellent eats in many forms just as long as all the red meat is taken off.  One little speck of that crap on it even while stored in the freezer can ruin it.

My favorite way is to broil it with a tab of butter on top and heavily seasoned with lemon pepper.  Fried in a batter is a close second.

And I concur, the smaller paddles have a less fishy taste. 

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i heard cooking paddlefish was like making coot stew.

Coot Stew

1 coot, skinned
1 large cast iron pot
1 brick
3 gallons of water

put brick, coot and water in pot, bring to a boil and simmer for 24 hours, adding water if needed. after 24 hours, throw away coot and eat brick.

Just replace paddlefish for the coot. Then go catch yourself some walleyes or perch to eat.

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Sportsman Said:
Batter and fry just like you would a walleye. That is by far my favorite way to eat them.

On the grill with a little butter and lemon, they remind of swordfish steaks. Not bad tasting, but I do prefer them battered and fried. My family would rather eat paddlefish than walleye or perch.

I hate to say I agreed with sportsman, but they are good deep fried like he says, as long as you do like Allen says and make sure the red meat is taken off. Cube it up in chunks and roll in batter, tasty stuff! 

Sportsman agrees with bowhuntin sounds better than the other way around.

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beedoggs1 Said:
i heard cooking paddlefish was like making coot stew.

Coot Stew

1 coot, skinned
1 large cast iron pot
1 brick
3 gallons of water

put brick, coot and water in pot, bring to a boil and simmer for 24 hours, adding water if needed. after 24 hours, throw away coot and eat brick.

Just replace paddlefish for the coot. Then go catch yourself some walleyes or perch to eat.

I also heard to smoke a coot on a board for a few days. After done smoking throw away the coot and eat the board.

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My favorite way is to grill it with a terriaki marinade. Dont over cook it. MY family loves 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