Friday, August 13, 2010

Baked Bluegill Fillets the Healthy Choice

I thought you guys wonder what I do with all of those bluegills I catch. Well, I release some and keep some for a meal. I consider my wife the master chef when it comes to preparing bluegill fillets for a meal. Her prepared fillet meals are something to behold and enjoy. The following recipe is one she created and is tailor-made for all of us who watch our fat, calorie, and cholesterol. 
Baked Bream and Crappie Recipe
1. Mix fillets in yellow mustard. Roll in Zatarain Fish Seasoning mix.
2. Place fillets on a cooking sheet that is sprayed with PAM. Spray top of fillets with PAM. Bake on 450 for about 6-7 minutes. Turn filets over and spray again with PAM. Bake for another 6-7 minutes. Time will vary as to how brown or crispy you want the fish.
How to prepare French Fries
1. Cut up fries and place them on a cookie sheet that is sprayed with PAM. Spray the top of fries with PAM and sprinkle seasoning salt and lemon pepper seasoning. Bake 450 for about 20 minutes. Turn fries over half-way through the cooking and spray again with PAM.
How to prepare Slaw
1. Use a blender to chop the cabbage and carrots. Drain and add mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and a little honey mustard. Mix and chill before serving.
2. Slice fresh garden tomatoes and slice can elope or banana pepper—all of these items are optional, but they help add a zest to the meal. Of course, all fillets can be touched with tartar sauce and fries with ketchup.
The bluegills or crappie as stated from the recipe are boneless fillets. One thing I like to do with the fillets before they are either frozen or baked is to let them set in saltwater overnight. I have found that this will soak all the blood out of the meat and it gives the fillets a fresher taste. The fillets the next day are snow white. At this time you can either freeze the fillets in a zip lock bag with water or place directly onto the baking pan. The water is added to the fillets to give them a fresh taste when at a later date you are ready to prepare them.
Fishing for me would not be nearly as much fun if my wife and I didn’t enjoy eating some of my catches. Give the fillets a try I think you will be surprised at how well you will like the baked versus the fried. By the way for an added kick add a Coors Light to wash them down.


Bigerrfish said...

I wonder if a person were to eat things like fish... would they start thinking like one.. they say you are what you eat... I guess that makes me a breakfast burrito.

Dennis said...'re kill'n me Bill...that looks and sounds Awesome!!!...thanks to you and your wife very much for sharing that with us :)

Coloradocasters said...

Oh great, now I’m hungry. Mouth watering post. Yes indeed.

Pat Cohen said...'re making me hungry man

Mark Kautz said...

Hi Bill. My wife cooks very healthy. Have to when you got a partner (that would be me) with heart problems. Now if I could only get her to eat fish more often.


Bill Trussell said...

I think 90% of the population has high cholesterol---including me, my wife and I started eating healthy after our kids left the roost. Before then it was pizza, bugers, and lots of ice cream products.

Bill Trussell said...

Really a tasty meal. No fish taste what so ever.

Bill Trussell said...

Go out a catch a few gills and try this meal, I think you will like it.

Bill Trussell said...

No in your case it would make you a baked trout--because anyone that can land the size browns you do has to eat a lot of trout. I think I need to start eating trout instead of bluegill, to improve my catch rate.

Bill Trussell said...

I take no credit for this meal other than the catch. my wife came up with this recipe. It is the best baked fish I have ever eat. Believe it or not it is even better the next day if you happen to have some fillets left over---just warm in the microwave.

Colorado Angler said...

Man, now that is some good eats! That is some legit grub, right there.

Looks like it's time to head to your neck of the woods and get me some of that?

What time's dinner?

Bill Trussell said...

C. Angler
Just thought I would let you guys know what I do with some of those bluegill.

Michael Agneta said...

For some reason that pasta I had for dinner tonight is now a bit less satisfying...

Bill Trussell said...

Pizza verses baked fish--start counting calories