When we think of Thanksgiving or most holiday foods in the United States, fish rarely comes to mind. Although not usually on the table in our modern times, a previous Fisheries Blog post talks about fish that were likely served at the first Thanksgiving. A huge portion of fisheries work and maintenance is growing and using fish as a more environmentally friendly and sustainable food source. It may be too late to serve for Thanksgiving this year, but consider some of these fishy recipes below for your upcoming holiday (safe and socially distanced) events or just for an everyday meal.
Save the Ecosystem: Eat a Carp
Many of you have heard of the trials and tribulations of trying to manage the spread of invasive Silver Carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) in the United States. What you may not know is that they have white, firm, and mild flesh that readily takes up flavors in dishes. Consider substituting your next chicken meal with this hearty silver carp soup with potatoes, a perfect meal to warm you up in cold winter months. Or switch it up with some beer-battered carp.
Lemon and Rosemary Freshwater Gamefish
Looking for something a little fancier for a small gathering or event? Look no further than this recipe geared towards various freshwater fish filets (perch, walleye, pike). With just a handful of ingredients, namely lemon, rosemary, butter, and flour, you can serve tasty and beautifully cooked fish, with the bonus of having caught it yourself.
Fish Burgers Anyone?
Ground up fish is another way to make use of pieces of fish that may be too small to filet or fry. Try this burger recipe by combining ground or minced fish (tuna not necessary) with mayo, onions, egg, and breadcrumbs, panfrying and topping with cheese. It is the perfect meal for a summer gathering and celebrating nice weather with friends and family.
There are a multitude of fish recipes to be found online, so if none of these strike your fancy, be sure to look for others. Whatever way you choose to eat your fish, substituting a meal or two with this natural resource is beneficial for the ecosystem, impress your friends, and a great way to expand your culinary expertise.