Favorite Surf Perch Recipes

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  1. Johnny Hirn

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    Hello everyone.
    I have been hearing two very different things about eating surf perch...
    1. They are very fishy and are no good to eat
    2. They are very good eating if you prepare them right

    Okay so does anyone know any really good recipes for surfperch? I’m not looking to go start eating all the perch I catch but I’m curious about taking one home.

    All info and tips are more than welcome
    Tight lines,
    Johnny
     
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  2. FishinMcNuggets

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    http://www.scsurffishing.com

    Sign up. Find a recipe. Join me in pissing off the elitists by eating BSP instead hugging them or getting selfies with them.

    Scale, gill, gut, de-fin. Deep fry or bake in a marinade.
     
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  3. Johnny Hirn

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    I’ll check it out. Thanks for the reply!
     
  4. watersdeep

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    Oh i really like Mike.......i scale gill gut lil butter n garlic salt pan fry till just a bit of crisp on the skin ...........BOMB
    Kill and eat all you want. they will make more.
     
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  5. Johnny Hirn

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    Thank so much for the feedback. I’m considering going out this weekend so hopefully I’ll be able to hook a few and try them. Thanks again
     
  6. Rip~Tide

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    Cut the head off, cut belly open to the anal and clean out guts good, then take off the scales on the fish.
    The bigger perch, I cut a few lines down the thick side so they cook evenly.
    Make sure oil is hot and not just warm. If it’s warm the fish will end up mushy and not cooked right.
    Season the fish to your liking
    Dip in an egg wash
    Then into Italian style bread crumbs or whatever kind of breading you like. (Not panko as it burns to fast.)
    Eat while it’s warm and use some fresh juice from lemons on it right before eating.
    The skin is edible and he meat pulls right off the bones in the middle of the fish.(JUST like in the cartoons!)
    I love eating surf perch. Clean amazing flavorful fish.
    Enjoy!
     
  7. Johnny Hirn

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    Thanks for the detailed reply!
     
  8. Noah & Scoot

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    I would have to agree on this one!!! You wouldn't deplete this fishery!
     
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    To properly requote "Finding Nemo"

    Fish are food, not "friends".

    yumm.jpg
     
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    Scale/gut, lightly flour and pan fry in oil with garlic and salt at a fairly high heat. Do not bake as it will be very mushy. Add lemon. Bottle of wine.
     
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  11. Johnny Hirn

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    Sounds Great! Thanks!
     
  12. DoinWorkBo

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    Surf Perch is really good! I call it the crappie of the ocean. Like a few have said, I personally gut them scale roll them in a flour/oldbay mixture and throw them in some oil that's hotter than the devils butt crack! The key is to make sure the oil is very hot.
     
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    Yes, get’em crunchy!
     
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    i scale, gut, de-fin them, light flour & season with blackening seasoning or new orleans style redfish seasoning, score them several times and deep fry its the best way, they taste great...the only drawback lots of tiny bones but its worth it!
     
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    Fry them quickly in really hot oil. Let it sit too long and its mushy. Don't let anyone tell you the flavor is bad. Very mild white meat, just mushy..corbina the same to me. Baking=no bueno. Steaming the same. I guess if you left the skin on, might be better, I fillet everything. Don't let one person turn you off to it.
     
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    They eat shrimp and crabs... they are delicious.

    Spot fin are my favorite though. blacken them Redfish style on the half shell...
     
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    I dip the fillet in an egg-milk solution and dredge them in "Dixie Fry".Then fry in hot oil.Comes out good.
     
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    Yes, and those tiny bones are Sharp! Chew a lot before you swallow.
     
  19. Carpfisher

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    Hit my surf perch spot in Carp, on Sunday, used to catch 100 at a time
    3 hours pounding the sand and changing it up...not one bite.
    Chalked it up to still dirty water from the fire and mud dumping.
     
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    Eat the males, throw back the females.
     

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