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What To Do With That Fresh Caught Fish

Updated on March 21, 2014
Fresh Caught Trout can be some of the best tasting fish in the world.
Fresh Caught Trout can be some of the best tasting fish in the world.

Fresh Caught Fish Cooking Preparation

To maintain the delicate flavor of a newly caught fish it must be handled with care to preserve its flavor and to keep it as fresh as possible. Below are tips on how to be sure that your fish stays fresh so that it will be delicious when you cook it.

As soon as your fish is successfully landed be sure that your fish doesn't get banged around. You want to avoid any bruising. Your fish should be washed as soon as possible with cold running water to remove any slime or bacteria. And make sure that the water you are using to wash your fish with is really fresh water especially if you are on a pier or at a marina.

Unless your boat has a live well your fish should be iced as soon as possible to be sure that your fish stays as fresh as possible. Your fish in a cooler should be covered with at least four inches of ice. This will insure that your fish stays chilled. You should take large zip lock plastic bags to store your catch in. This will prevent melting water from getting on your fish. When you get home after you have taken care of your fish be sure to wash any cooler well with plenty of hot soapy water.

You will want to clean your fish as soon as possible. When your cleaning your fish be careful with the knife and if you don't know you can remove the fishes scales quite easily with a large tablespoon. Be sure that you get all the scales by checking your fish carefully after you remove the scales. When you remove the insides be sure to do it along the belly and be sure to wash out your fishes body cavity carefully and completely.

Always think about keeping everything to do with cleaning your fish as clean as possible. Be sure you wash your hands all the way to the elbows before you start cleaning your fish. If your going to be going fishing often and cleaning a lot of fish purchase a good set of knives for cleaning your fish and a large hard plastic cutting board. Avoid wooden cutting boards because cracks can and do contain bacteria.


Trout steamed in white wine and butter with a little lemon juice and fresh parsley. The trout is stuffed with fresh sliced lemon slices.
Trout steamed in white wine and butter with a little lemon juice and fresh parsley. The trout is stuffed with fresh sliced lemon slices.

The Best Way To Cook Your Freshly Caught Fish

Do you know that they say there are a thousand and one ways to cook a fresh caught fish but you will always come out with a great tasting fish if you will stick to the basics. While most people who fish claim they have the perfect way to cook a fish here I am going to give you some great ways to cook fresh caught fish that will produce delicious cooked fish that will have you wanting more.

Breading and frying your fresh caught fish is as good as it gets especially if you add homemade hush puppies , slaw , and crunchy homemade french fries. While I like to add seasoning salt and ground cayenne pepper to my fish batter you can really come up with your own basic seasonings for your fried fish. As I said I add seasoning salt and a bit of ground cayenne pepper to my breading for fried catfish nuggets and almost all the time people beg me to cook it again.

Cajun Catfish Nuggets Recipe

1. 2 Cups All Purpose Plain Flour.

2. 1 Cup Self Rising Cornmeal.

3. 1 Tablespoon Seasoning Salt.

4. 1 Teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper.

Mix all your ingredients above and then in another large bowl add 2 cups of buttermilk and two large eggs. Mix your milk and eggs together with a wire whisk very well. Put your catfish nuggets into the milk/egg mixture and then into the dry mixture.

Now your catfish nuggets go back into the milk/egg mixture and then back into the dry seasonings. You want to be sure to double bread each piece of fish. And now you want to fry your catfish nuggets until golden brown in 350 degree oil. Serve with hush puppies , slaw , and french fries for a delicious meal.

Trout or Fish Cooked In Tin Foil Recipe

Mountain trout are delicious when cooked in a tin foil pouch. Slice lemons very thin and place several sliced lemon slices in to the trouts body cavity. Put a tablespoon of white wine inside the trout and pour a tablespoon over your trout. Add salt and pepper to taste and some fresh sprigs of parsley. Bake in a 350 degree oven about 45 minutes or until your fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve at once. With delicate flavored fish like trout keep it simple to preserve the wonderful flavor of your fish.

Grilled Tuna or Shark Steaks Recipe

You have not lived until you have tasted delicious grilled tuna or shark steaks. Again we want to keep it simple. Here we are going to brush real butter on the tuna or shark steaks and then sprinkle on both sides with fresh lemon pepper.

You will want to cook your tuna or shark steaks over medium heat until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Turn your tuna or shark steaks over only as often as necessary. And be sure to use a real good brand of ground fresh powdered lemon pepper.

Serve your tuna or shark steaks as soon as they are done.

I hope I've given you some ideals of what to do with your fresh caught fish. If you have comments or questions I hope you will post them now. And thanks for reading my Hub Page.


(C) August 2010 by Thomas Byers aka Crazyhorsesghost. The text on this page was created for Hub Pages and is not to be copied or used on other sites. If you like this Hub Page please link to it.
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      Liz 

      7 years ago

      There is no supplement for a freshly caught fish, especially, if it is cooked on a real fire...

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      Putz Ballard 

      8 years ago

      Great hub and a nice string of fish.

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