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Nawlens Gator
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Lemon fish - how to clean / cook


Got some lemon fish 20 - 24" headed and gutted. There are no scales!!? Can I fillet like redfish/specks with an electric knife? Or do I use pliers to skin like a catfish?

Plan to cut into steaks and pan fry. Is there a better way to cook these guys?

Do I cut into steaks and freeze in water the excess? Or freeze whole fillets (or cut in half)?

TIA


Colt M4A1
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re: Lemon fish - how to clean / cook
Lemon fish



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CadesCove
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re: Lemon fish - how to clean / cook
We used to filet them and grill on a plank with some olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon. They don't need too much added. Probably my favorite Gulf fish.

ETA: Cobia, Ling, Lemonfish, whatever.
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Nawlens Gator
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re: Lemon fish - how to clean / cook

Can you fillet them with an electric knife?



KingRanch
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re: Lemon fish - how to clean / cook
:cobialinglemonfish:


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Jester
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re: Lemon fish - how to clean / cook
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Got some lemon fish 20 - 24" headed and gutted.


Where is a 24" cobia legal to take?


Jester
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Can you fillet them with an electric knife?


No, those are reserved for legal fish


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Nawlens Gator
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re: Lemon fish - how to clean / cook

Good point! Mostly 23 - 24" but I don't know if they were 33" when caught. I bought them from a commercial guy and they look like they could have been legal before they were headed. Really no way to verify now.

What knife do you use to clean? Will electric work?



OhFace55
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re: Lemon fish - how to clean / cook
You can use a filet knife. Slice down the spine first.


mylsuhat
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re: Lemon fish - how to clean / cook
Bake em or Grill em



just fillet like redfish, remove redline if applicable


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mylsuhat
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re: Lemon fish - how to clean / cook
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Can you fillet them with an electric knife?

no, just use a fillet knife, its easy


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Jester
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I honestly usually use a sharp filet knife. It allows you to follow the ribs much closer. I usually cut along the lateral line first, then run the knife along the ribs from the top, then bottom. Do sections of meat. Trying to cut the whole piece at once is tedious and unnecessary unless you plan to cook it whole. Then take the skin off. Be sure to clean the darker sections of meat from your steaks prior to freezing.

Leave the meat as whole as possible for freezing. You can always slice later.
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ISmellMischief
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I start at the top of the back and follow back bone. then I fillet the skin off. Good BBQ but I put lemmon juice and mustard and fry. I usually use a straight blade to clean, but I have used electric knives and done it the same way.


Jester
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re: Lemon fish - how to clean / cook
An electric knife is just overkill and can chew up the meat.


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Nawlens Gator
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re: Lemon fish - how to clean / cook

WOW!!

This board is just a wealth of knowledge. Thanks so much all.




Jester
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If you can get past the smartass responses....


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