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Crappie Cocktail (Recipe)

This recipe may sound a bit crazy at first but you should give it a try for several reasons. Probably the best reason is simple to make and extremely healthy to eat. I happened upon this recipe years ago and have used it for other types of fish as well, such as bluegill, perch and bass. I encourage you to try it on any white-fleshed fish such as tilapia, but crappie already has a taste similar to crab and this recipe just enhances it.

Directions:

  • Crappie filets cut into finger-sized strips
  • 2 quarts of boiling water
  • 6 to 8 ounces of crab or shrimp boil

Refrigerate fillets in saltwater bath for an hour. Rinse and cut fillets in half down the lateral line. Cut into finger-sized lengths and place strips into boiling-water and shrimp-boil mixture.

Fillet strips will curl, firm up and become very white in appearance when done. Cook for approximately 4-6 minutes, depending on length and width of strips. Remove strips from water and drain on paper towels. Place in the refrigerator for an hour or more to chill the strips thoroughly.

Serve on a bed of crushed ice with toothpicks or small forks and dip curls in your favorite cocktail sauce.

If you have a large batch of crappie or other fish to cook, simply double the water and crab or shrimp boil amounts. This recipe was a big hit with my family and friends and I am sure it will be with yours.

Be Well. Live Well. Eat Well. - Tommy Le Vasseur, the Camo Gourmet

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