If there’s one thing to know about fishing, it’s that no trip to the sea gets you just one type of catch. From salmon and red snapper, to halibut and catfish—there's an abundance of marine life at your fingertips. And whether you're casting nets in Port Canaveral or Orlando, you'll never run out of exciting options for your next best meal.
Eager to prepare your catch like a master chef? Take your cue from these well-loved recipes.
Baked Stuffed Haddock
Along the shores of Cocoa Beach lies one of the best waterfront diners on the east coast: Boston Beef and Seafood. One of their signature dishes is the Baked Stuffed Haddock. All you need to replicate this recipe is to toss in your cracker-covered haddock into an oven for 12 to 15 minutes at 400 degrees. You can even add some vegetables to serve as your side dish.
If you're an avid customer of the Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar in Port Canaveral, then you must have tried their Tahitian Tuna Poke. This dish is made out of freshly caught tuna from the area, which is then seared, chilled, and served over sticky coconut rice. With a non-stick skillet, it's easy enough to prepare this dish at home.
Seafood Pot Pie
You'd be hard-pressed to find a local who hasn't heard of the Winter Park Fish Company, the premier seafood restaurant in Orlando. One of their seasonal specials, the Butternut Seafood Pot Pie, is a definite must-try. Luckily for you, it can be replicated in your own kitchen. Just make sure to use fishes like cod or salmon, so it doesn't break down while it bakes. Prepare a sauté pan for your pastry, a saucepan for your filling, your fish, and a bunch of other ingredients you want tossed into the mix. It's not a difficult recipe, but it does take a number of steps.
Of course, there are other ways to cook your catch. If you'd like something more diverse, you can also take your cue from these popular dishes abroad:
This dish is one that’s native to the Philippines, and a staple one at that, too. After all, it’s a very versatile dish, as it works with pretty much any fish. However, it works best with mackerel. You can frequently spot this fish around the Gulf Coast since they’re fond of warm water. Daydreaming in Paradise breaks down your standard adobo recipe into a mix of soy sauce and vinegar, as well as some bay leaves to provide an earthy taste. The classic way to eat this dish is over a bowl of rice, but you can also pair it with a citrusy salad or a bed of quinoa.
Romesco de Peix
Romesco de Peix, also known as the Spanish Catalan Stew, is a hearty meal that’s a mix of various kinds of seafood (like clams and fishes), sprinkled with peppers, tomatoes, almonds, and garlic. The catch of the dish here is white fish, so types like cod and amberjacks in Central Florida should be your pick. You only need a large pan on medium heat, and all your (prepped) ingredients. From that point, it’s all about tossing the ingredients in one by one, with the seafood coming in last.
Here are other global recipes to look into:
- Miso Poached Fish
- Pescado en Mojo Isleño
- Halibut Curry
- Ca Kho To
Fish certainly make for one of the most versatile and interesting meals you can have—and being able to catch your own makes the experience much more exciting. If you'd like to try fishing and cooking your own catch, you can book a guided charter with us at Fin & Fly Fishing Charters for a chance to net that perfect fish. Whether you’re in the mood for some classic seared fish or want to take your sweet time turning it into a hearty pie, the seafood here in Florida will be more than enough to satisfy your cravings.
Article By, Raquel Josey
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