Post Port Canaveral Fishing: 3 Ways to Cook Your Catch


So, you finished your fishing trip in Port Canaveral, and things went very well for you. You’ve come back with some nice, large fish that you simply can’t wait to show off and eat. Of course, you might be wondering just what you should do to make the fish as appetizing as possible. While the type of fish that you have, as well as the number of fish, can affect your decision, you will find that there are many great options that are available to you.

Let’s look at some of the ways you can cook your catch and have a great time with friends after your trip to Port Canaveral. Once you have your fish cleaned and ready to go, you will want to consider the three following options. Which of these will be right for the fish that you’ve just caught?

Grilling

Grilling the fish is easily one of the best ways to prepare your meal, and you will find that many different types of fish can go quite well when cooked this way. Some of the options include bass, catfish, salmon, red snapper, swordfish, and halibut, and that is barely scratching the surface. Fish that have firm flesh tend to do well on the grill. If it is not as firm, you might need to put down some aluminum foil.

To grill properly, you will want to make sure that your grill grates are as clean as possible, and that you designate one side of the grill to be the cool area. If you are using a gas grill, simply keep the burners off on one side. If you are using charcoal, you will pile the coals on one side of the grill.

Coat the fish with oil to help to preserve some of the moisture inside. You can season with salt, as well. Once the fish is cooked halfway through, you will want to flip it. For every inch of fish that is being cooked, it will equate to around 10 minutes of time cooking on a grill that has medium heat. After it is finished grilling, you can take it off the grill and serve it.

Baking

Most types of fish that you will catch and that have thick fillets taste great when they are baked. It’s also a healthy way to prepare your fish, similar to grilling. One of the first things you will want to do is sear the fish on both sides quickly before you get it ready to bake. This can help to seal in the juices.

When you are baking fish, one of the problems that can occur is having the fish dry out too much. In addition to searing it, you will also want to consider coating it in some type of marinade and even putting some thin lemon slices into the bottom of the baking pan. You can then bake it at 350 degrees, although temperatures that are a little lower can work, as well.

Frying

Of course, we can’t forget one of the other most popular options when it comes to preparing fish. Frying, while it might not be the healthiest option, is certainly tasty. However, there are several tips you will want to keep in mind when it comes to frying fish.

First, make sure that you keep the oil temperature between 350 to 375 degrees F. Thicker pieces should be cooked at 350, while thinner pieces should be cooked at 375. In addition, you will want to fry the fish in small batches. When you add more fish to the fryer, it will drop the temperature of the oil. Do not overcook the fish. Most of the time, pieces will be done in about three minutes.

Learn More Ways to Prepare Your Fish

Of course, these are just three of the ways to prepare some of the fish that you were able to catch on your Port Canaveral fishing trip. There are countless other ways to prepare fish and countless things that you can do with them. Add fish to a pasta dish, make sandwiches, make burritos or tacos… the list goes on and on! You will never be at a loss for new ways to prepare your fish.

Start collecting more recipes and talk with other anglers who are a part of your fishing group, and those that you meet. Find some new and interesting ways to prepare fish and keep those in mind to use after you finish your next fishing trip. Hopefully, it will be as successful as the one you just finished.

Sources:

https://dish.allrecipes.com/grilling-101-seafood-grilling/

https://www.thecookwarereview.com/news/top-5-tips-for-baking-fish.html

https://www.tablespoon.com/posts/how-to-bake-fish

https://www.onthewater.com/news/2019/04/05/5-tips-for-better-fried-fish

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