Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Last summer my assistant went on a fishing trip and caught a ton of stripped bass. I had never had stripped bass, but coincidentally, had researched the possibility of going out on fishing excursion for just that. I grew up in Miami, and my dad was a fisherman for some time. He did it for sport and was really good at it. His love for for fishing was passed on to my brothers and I. But alas, I moved to north Texas where there is nary an ocean in sight. The closest one is probably Galveston, but that's still a ways away. I had never done freshwater fishing, but there are several lakes in the area where you can fish for stripped bass, largemouth bass, sunfish, and several varieties of catfish. I never went on that fishing trip because it was super expensive to hire a guide for half a day, and you could only catch 2 fish per person. I figured I'd just go and spend the money on a nice piece of fish from whole foods since that was a sure thing. My assistant went on a fishing trip again this summer, and she brought me back a nice fillet of stripped bass. I had never had it, but it was really good. The texture was really firm and the fish was mild. I was so thankful to her for bringing me a piece- I am now reconsidering that fishing trip since I liked it so much!
1 lb. bass fillet (or any firm white fish)
2 tbsp. Cajun seasoning (I use this one)
2 tbsp. butter
2 garlic cloves, grated
2 tsbp. lemon juice
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1 tsp. salt
First pre-heat your oven to broil on the medium setting. Place the fish in a baking dish. Grate the garlic and with a butter knife, spread a thin layer of the garlic over each piece of fish. Next sprinkle the Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper over the fish. I normally don't use seasoning blends as I find that I like to make them myself, but this is the exception- this is a great spice blend and is very versatile. Cut the butter into thin little slices and place the pats on top of the fish. Squeeze the lemon juice over the fish and broil for about 9 minutes on the middle rack of your oven. Garnish with the green onions and add more lemon if desired before serving.
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