A number of years in the past, I used to be on the point of fry up a batch of sunfish, and it occurred to me that the one approach I ever cooked the fish I caught was by frying it. On the time, I had solely ever fished in Minnesota, and all of the fish I had caught over my lifetime had been both rolled in a cracker crumb breading or (on actually particular events) beer batter. I really like fried fish, however I felt like I wanted to department out a bit of bit. One of many first issues I attempted alone was a walleye curry with tropical fried rice, that has subce grow to be one among my favourite recipes. It did not take lengthy earlier than I used to be utilizing native Minnesota fish in all kinds of various methods. I’m at all times in search of a brand new strategy to utilizing freshwater fish, and have been adapting lots of ocean fish recipes to work with our native Minnesota freshwater fish.
Enter this cookbook. A writer contacted me in Could about attempting a brand new cookbook referred to as Lake Fish, Modern Cooking with Freshwater Fish. It appeared like it might be proper up my alley, and I anxiously waited for the guide to reach. The creator is Keane Amdahl. I might truly heard of him earlier than, and we would even had a number of on-line communications. Keane hails from the Minneapolis space and has put collectively a compilation of recipes that work superbly with our native Minnesota fish. After I received his guide, I turned by means of the pages and went straight to the kitchen to check out one of many recipes. The catfish and bacon Benedict jumped out at me as I had simply caught some catfish. It was the very first thing I cooked, and it was unimaginable.
After that, I went by means of the freezer to see what else I had obtainable. I had some smelt, pike, and smoked whitefish, so I learn by means of the guide and located just a few extra recipes to attempt. The tempura fried smelt with Asian dipping sauce was successful with the household, and the pan-roasted pike was a favourite of mine. I reworked a batch of smoked whitefish into smoked whitefish rillettes. That was probably the greatest makes use of for a smoked fish I’ve ever tasted.
I contacted Keane shortly after receiving the guide, and we organized a gathering to debate the guide and his ideas on writing it. He advised me he actually needed to discover as many alternative avenues as he may with our native fish. He additionally mentioned that the entire recipes are actually simply guides and that in the event you needed to switch the fish in a recipe with every other kind of fish, you definitely may. Lots of the recipes are so versatile, in reality, that in the event you needed to switch the fish all along with venison, grouse, or pheasant, you may achieve this.
There are a number of recipes within the guide which can be staples, together with the walleye sandwich and the fisherman’s stew, however there are a lot of issues that step out of the everyday Midwestern consolation zone. Sunfish potstickers, sunfish and kimchi fried rice, and perch cocktail are all on my listing of issues to do that summer time. It’s laborious to learn by means of this guide and never need to head out fishing, so you possibly can attempt as many of those recipes as attainable. I can let you know that I will probably be spending most of my summer time attempting to catch sufficient fish to attempt all of them.