8 Paddlefish Recipes For The Master Chef

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Paddlefish is a basal ray-finned fish that is generally considered to be primitive. While it is not very easy to catch – it seldom bites a baited hook –  paddlefish is one the best tasting freshwater fishes

People learning how to cook paddlefish will be impressed to learn that there are numerous ways of cooking the fish. With the following paddlefish recipes, you should be able to grill, broil, smoke, and even fry your paddlefish. 

The Best Paddlefish Recipes

1. Fried Paddlefish 

Frying is one of the fastest and most relaxed ways to prepare paddlefish. After using your filleting knife to make the fillets, you get to cook the fish in a fish cooking pan, over medium-high heat, and serve with lemon wedges or French fries. 

Ingredients 

  • 2 Paddlefish fillets (1-inch chunks)
  • Cooking oil 
  • Breadcrumbs 
  • Old bay seasoning (optional)
  • Pepper and salt 
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1 cup flour put in a resealable bag 
  • Egg 
  • 1 cup milk

Instructions 

  1. Mix the milk and the egg in a bowl. 
  2. Mix the flour, pepper, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder in a resealable bag. 
  3. Dip the fish in the egg-milk mixture and then dip it in the seasoned flour mixture made in step 2. 
  4. Heat the cooking oil over medium heat and then drop the fillets in the hot oil. Fry each side until golden brown. 
  5. Bring the fish out then allow it to sit on a paper towel to drain before serving. 

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 8 minutes

2. Grilled Paddlefish 

In addition to allowing you to make tasty paddlefish, grilling allows you to hang out with family and friends. If you own a portable grill or a Coleman grill, follow the instructions below to learn how to cook paddlefish by grilling. 

Ingredients 

  • 4 paddlefish fillets 
  • Butter
  • Salt and pepper 

Instructions 

  1. Place the fillets in an aluminum foil. Pour melted butter over the fillets and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Using your grill tools and accessories, grill for 15-20 minutes and then serve with lemon wedges. 

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

3. Broiled Paddlefish 

With minimal ingredients and preparation, this one of the paddlefish recipes that are ideal for busy weeknights. 

Ingredients 

  • 2 paddlefish fillets 
  • Lemon pepper to taste 
  • Pat of butter 

Instructions 

  1. On your fillets, place a pat of butter and then season with lemon pepper. 
  2. Broil until cooked.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 7 minutes

4. Smoked Paddlefish 

If you like smoked food, you should find this recipe interesting. While the smoked paddlefish takes longer to prepare, you will appreciate the results. 

Ingredients 

  • 4 small paddlefish fillets 
  • 2 gallons of water 
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • 2 cups of kosher salt 

Instructions 

  1. Combine the water, kosher salt, and sugar to make a brine. Brine the fish for 36 hours. 
  2. Dry in the refrigerator overnight. 
  3. Using cherry chips for the smoke, smoke your fillets for 4.5 hours at a temperature of 175 – 200 degrees until the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees. 

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 4.5 hours

5. Jambalaya 

A lesser-known method of cooking paddlefish is making Jambalaya. Healthy and full of flavors, jambalaya has a rich taste. 

Ingredients 

  • 2 pounds paddlefish 
  • ¼ cup of water 
  • Red and green pepper 
  • Ginger 
  • Onions 
  • Garlic 
  • Parsley (chopped)
  • 16 oz skinless stewed tomatoes

Instructions 

  1. Stir-fry the green and red pepper in water over high heat. Mix in the onions, ginger, and garlic. 
  2. Mix in the parsley, tomatoes, and paddlefish, and bring the mixture to boil. 
  3. Reduce the heat once it starts bubbling. Cover and then let it simmer for 15 minutes. 

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

6. Baked Paddlefish 

Causing less loss of omega-3 fatty acids and retaining the vitamin D content in your fish, baking is one of the best ways of cooking paddlefish. If you just unhooked a fresh fish, gut the fish and then use this recipe to learn how to cook paddlefish through baking. 

Ingredients 

  • 2 pounds of paddlefish fillets 
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper 
  • 1 green pepper (chopped)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1 can of tomatoes (15 oz)
  • 4 slices of bacon 
  • 4 tablespoons of butter 
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt 
  • 1 garlic clove cut

Instructions 

  1. Rub your fillets with cut garlic. Season with pepper and salt. 
  2. Place the fillets in a buttered baking dish and lay the bacon strips across the top. 
  3. Mix the remaining ingredients and pour around and over the fish. 
  4. Place the fish in your oven and bake at 400 degrees for approximately 30 minutes (or until the fillets flake with a fork). 

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

7. Blackened Paddlefish 

Often associated with Cajun cuisine, blackening is an ideal way to prepare quick paddlefish dinners. With this paddlefish recipe, your dinner will be ready in under 45 minutes. 

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb. paddlefish fillets 
  • 1 cup of Italian dressing 
  • Melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Combine pepper, salt, garlic powder, and lemon pepper. 
  3. Brush both sides of the fish with the melted butter. 
  4. Rub both sides of the fish with the seasoning. 
  5. Place the fish in a hot heavy skillet and cook both sides for approximately 2 minutes until the outer edges become blackened. 
  6. Arrange the blackened fish in a baking pan that is lightly greased and drizzle 1 cup of the Italian dressing. Bake until the fish flakes easily. Serve with the pan juices. 

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes

8. Paddlefish Curry 

Using all the best spices, this curry features the perfect seafood taste. The recipe is easy to follow and hence it should work for absolute beginners. To learn how to cook paddlefish curry, use the instructions below. 

Ingredients 

  • 2 lb. paddlefish fillets 
  • ½ tablespoon tabasco 
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder 
  • ½ teaspoon salt 
  • 3 bulbs garlic (minced)
  • 1 large tomato (diced small)
  • 1 large onion (diced small)
  • 4 tablespoons of butter 

Instructions 

  1. In a saucepan, melt the butter. Add garlic and onion and then saute until your onions become translucent. 
  2. Add tomatoes and cover, cook for 20 minutes while stirring. Add spices and cook for 10 more minutes. 
  3. Add the paddlefish fillets and cook until the meat flakes easily. 

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

FAQs

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Q: Are Paddlefish Good to Eat?

A: 

Yes, you can eat paddlefish. In fact, when cooked right, paddlefish are very tasty. Eating paddlefish is similar to eating catfish, but with a better flavor. You should, however, avoid eating the red meat that is on the outside layer.

Q: How Do You Catch A Paddlefish?

A: 

To catch paddlefish, you will need to wade out into the water (about ankle to mid-calf deep) and then cast your fishing line and sinker. While reeling in, swing your fishing rod back towards the bank. Do this 3 times and then hold the end of the rod while reeling quickly. If you manage to hook a paddlefish, the only thing you will need to do is coax it into the bank. 

Note: Since the paddlefish are generally big, an 80-pound test fishing line should work. You can use a 5 to 6 ounces sinker.

Q: Where Are Paddlefish Found?

A: 

Paddlefish inhabits large, slow-flowing, freshwater rivers. In the United States, the paddlefish is native to the Mississippi River basin, from Montana to New York, and south to the Gulf of Mexico.

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If you have wanted to learn how to cook paddlefish, the paddlefish recipes in this article should help you get started. If you are worried that fresh paddlefish are too complicated to prepare for cooking, you shouldn’t. Since the fish does not have bones, filleting it is very easy. Once you fillet the fish, pick your favorite recipe, and cook a meal that your taste buds won’t forget. 

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