In the summers when we first moved to Ireland, my husband would go sea fishing with his friends. He doesn’t eat fish, but I love it so brought me treats. One particular day, he returned with some Whiting, Cod, and Mackerel. I was faced with preparing, cooking, and eating them! Yikes! I’ve never prepared raw fresh whole fish in my life. This is something my mom was great at because they sailed a lot and she was in charge of cooking what they caught, so this is a bit intimidating for me.
But you know what I do when I don’t know something or feel intimidated? I bet you can guess. I research! This post has links to resources and recipes that will help you and the fish get from the tide to the table without losing quality of flavor. I’ll admit, it was exciting to dine on fish caught by my very own handsome and fabulous husband. Here are some recipes to inspire and help through the process of preparing a fish fresh from the ocean to be ready for the plate…
From Start to Finish…
VIDEO: Martin’s Mad About Fish– Fishy Fishy’s own Martin Shanahan shows us how it’s done in Kinsale, County Cork.
Preparing the Catch…
Preparing Freshly Caught Fish from Living On A Boat (UK)
How to Clean/Gut a Fish from wikiHow
Cooking the Catch…
Mediterranean-style mackerel pasta salad from Taste.com.au
Mackerel braised in miso sauce (Saba no miso ni) from Just Hungry
Chilli Mackerel with Warm Chorizo and New Potato Salad from Donal Skehan
Sriracha mackerel Vietnamese rolls from Taste.com.au
Baked Ling Cod with Lemon-Garlic Butter Sauce Recipe from Simply Recipes
Freaking Fantastic Fish from What We’re Eating
What’s your favourite fish and how to prepare it?