Skipjack Catch and Cook... Any Advice?

Stanley Orchard

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Finally got out to the canals on Padre Island after a looooong (and exceptionally cold) winter... only to manage a bunch of skipjack. I did a catch and cook video about it (for YouTube purposes obviously the dog had to go overboard) and this is probably the third time I've cooked skipjack... the meat doesn't have a bad flavor to it (even if it is freaking mushy). But those bones. Does anybody have any advice or suggestions? I would love to hear your thoughts.

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ranchero

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POKE or ceviche!!! Bleed spike and ice. They are not that bad. I cant really eat cooked tuna or jack anymore. If it's not seared or raw I just dont like it as much.

However- If i have to actually work to make it- I recommend fishermansbelly

this would be tasty for the skippy!
this is a pretty awesome recipe but https://www.fishermansbelly.com/single-post/fish-pasta

but i have yet to make anything from Yanni that is not killer. Old school- i'm italian 1st gen- Yanni food is straight from our mom's and grandmas- the real deal!!!
 

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What he is calling "skipjack" and what you call "skipjack" are two entirely different fish. What he has is also called ladyfish and are very boney. Very little meat.
 

Stanley Orchard

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POKE or ceviche!!! Bleed spike and ice. They are not that bad. I cant really eat cooked tuna or jack anymore. If it's not seared or raw I just dont like it as much.

However- If i have to actually work to make it- I recommend fishermansbelly

this would be tasty for the skippy!
this is a pretty awesome recipe but https://www.fishermansbelly.com/single-post/fish-pasta

but i have yet to make anything from Yanni that is not killer. Old school- i'm italian 1st gen- Yanni food is straight from our mom's and grandmas- the real deal!!!
I totally agree... i eat about 75% of our catch raw these days (swordfish man, swordfish!). But for the videos indo want to encourage people to stop worrying about the 'big name' species. Ladyfish probably isnt the way to go... but i'm gonna try these recipes regardless! Thank you!
 

Stanley Orchard

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Saute it in garlic and butter, top it with a good imported parmesan cheese and broil until the cheese is a golden brown...

Then dump the entire turd in the trash can LOL LOL LOL
My thought was to slow-grill on a nice apple-wood plank... then dump the fish in the trash and eat the plank! But that goes against the nature of what i do. Im eating my way to the top of the foodchain one species at a time!
 

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Ladies taste fine if you cook them right. When I was a kid my mom would do a quick filet just to get the meat off the body. then she would scrape all the meat off the bones and skin with a grapefruit spoon. The meat makes some great fishballs or suancai ru (sour vegetable fish) with Taiwanese oil noodles.
 

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Ladies taste fine if you cook them right. When I was a kid my mom would do a quick filet just to get the meat off the body. then she would scrape all the meat off the bones and skin with a grapefruit spoon. The meat makes some great fishballs or suancai ru (sour vegetable fish) with Taiwanese oil noodles.
He said "fishballs" :hali_ruahahaha::hali_ruahahaha::hali_ruahahaha:
 

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To echo many others, bleed and ice RIGHT away.

I personally like simple poke: sweet onion, toasted sesame seed oil, soy sauce little bit of lemon (soak onions in this for 30minutes) then add fish. Sesame seeds, furikake, over rice with some avocado!
 

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To echo many others, bleed and ice RIGHT away.

I personally like simple poke: sweet onion, toasted sesame seed oil, soy sauce little bit of lemon (soak onions in this for 30minutes) then add fish. Sesame seeds, furikake, over rice with some avocado!
Then dump it down the disposer :hali_ruahahaha: :hali_ruahahaha: :hali_ruahahaha: !!!
 
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    Poke, ceviche and/or I can them. They’re really good canned. Just like chunk white tuna
     

    Stanley Orchard

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    Ladies taste fine if you cook them right. When I was a kid my mom would do a quick filet just to get the meat off the body. then she would scrape all the meat off the bones and skin with a grapefruit spoon. The meat makes some great fishballs or suancai ru (sour vegetable fish) with Taiwanese oil noodles.
    Thats thebsecond time i've been tokd to make fishballs with a spoon. I gotta try this.
     

    Stanley Orchard

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    To echo many others, bleed and ice RIGHT away.

    I personally like simple poke: sweet onion, toasted sesame seed oil, soy sauce little bit of lemon (soak onions in this for 30minutes) then add fish. Sesame seeds, furikake, over rice with some avocado!
    I have a very similar go to recipe, can not disagree!
     

    Stanley Orchard

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    Poke, ceviche and/or I can them. They’re really good canned. Just like chunk white tuna
    Yeah canning them is something I really want to try. Never canned meat before, but I enjoy cream herring and have been looking for similar species to be able to make my own.
     
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    Honestly... I was a little apprehensive at first with it as I had not done it before. Now, after doing it a few times it’s rather easy.
    I spice them up with some cracked pepper amd jalapeño, also do a mix with some olive oil and Italian seasoning. They come out really good.
    Creamed skippy??? 🤔. I’d be willing to try it. Lol.

    Blackfish

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    Those don't look like Skipjack to me? But thanks for the video.
     

    ranchero

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    Wish you were close- I d be glad to take them. They are really good if prepared right way. They suck q'ed, broiled. they are ok loined this cut breaded and baked- if you make some tarter sauce. Just too fishy cooked all the way through

    There s also killer recipies to pickle skip. Nothing wrong with Skip! When in doubt I ask the fish. Do fish love skip bellies trolled? YES Do they like squid? Yup- it's candy. Just need to find right way to prepare
     
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    Cut into chunks RAW. Insert into baitcage & hoopnet. Drop over side & retrieve after lobster joins you for dinner. Simple