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05-12-2004, 04:03 PM
What is your favorite tecqnique, filet em or steak em out?
05-12-2004, 05:26 PM
I personally like to fillet them and here's why, When you have
filleted them you can remove all the red meat, which when cooked, the fishy flavor of the red meat will leach into the pristine white meat. I have two real good recipes for BBQ'ed
Sea Bass. Oh and be sure to remove those otolith's
or better known as ear bones. They are very cool! plus they
give you somthing tangeable to remember you fish for all time ;)
If you try and steak'em it's going to be tough because they have a real thick backbone. It's pretty tough to get through.
05-13-2004, 08:01 PM
Filet them for sure. I tried to steak a 2o lb white seabass and almost gave myself a hernia trying to cut through the backbone. I was using a good filet knife, then a high quality chefs knife but couldn't get through the backbone.
05-14-2004, 07:10 PM
i prefer to filet and steak...if that makes sense. Take the knife and scale the fish...done by holding the knife, as if you were to make and incision, against the grain of the scales and rake the knife firmly across the fish. The scales pop right off and leaves the skin. Then filet the fish with the skin still on, then cut into desired size portions. When you grill the WSB, grill the skin side down and brush butter on the flesh periodically. The skin will get burnt... but dont worry, it holds the filet together as does the butter, and it allows you to cook the filet with out flipping the filet. When its done, simply remove the burnt skin from the fish (it comes off very easy)....and your ready to eat!!
After trial and error (losing filets in the grill, burning filets, etc) this is the best way i have found.
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