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Re: Boil perch/ crappie?
« Reply #20 on: Jan 25, 2017, 07:30 PM »
I had to say something about the taste of crappie. Several things make crappie taste bad.
 Mostly the lake they come from. If too much silt, the dirt gets in them and won't come out. Ponds mostly.
The other is the blood in them. I squeeze out the blood while cleaning the fillets.
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  I am a better cook, than I am a fisherman.  I just don't like the texture of Crappies. Tried several different ways & it always is the texture (mushy to me). Ticks me off, the only critter that I cant cook to satisfy  MY taste ??? Hoping to get some , to try w/ my fish boil idea , & am thinking about doing it w/ Sprite !   BTW, the fish I catch, come out of a large ,deep lake (108') .  They also average 14', ...I need to get some smaller ones ! Most of them are caught in less than 20' of water.  Glad to see this thread; So many cool suggestions  @).   
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Re: Boil perch/ crappie?
« Reply #21 on: Jan 26, 2017, 07:30 PM »
I like to boil in sprite...dip in melted butter..we call it poor man's lobster..enjoy

I do the same thing with 7up :thumbsup:
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Re: Boil perch/ crappie?
« Reply #22 on: Jan 29, 2017, 08:16 PM »
Try putting vinegar in the water 1to1. I use 1\2cup vinegar 1\2 cup water and a tablespoon (or two) of old bay. The acidity helps firm the fish. Delicious!
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Re: Boil perch/ crappie?
« Reply #23 on: Feb 03, 2017, 10:02 AM »
we do this all the time. the secret is not to boil. DONT BOIL. poach them like eggs. just steaming water. Then stick them in the fridge overnight and serve with cocktail sauce. will be nice and firm.


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Re: Boil perch/ crappie?
« Reply #24 on: Feb 04, 2017, 01:36 PM »
I guess I am old school. Soak them in vitamin D or whole milk for 2 hours before cooking. Mix flour and yellow corn meal 50/50. In an old school iron skillet i head up veg oil, dip the fillets in egg, coat well with flour mix and fry untill crispy and golden. Mmmmm


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Re: Boil perch/ crappie?
« Reply #25 on: Feb 09, 2017, 11:22 AM »
I use a strainer and dip the fillets in almost boiling water with sea salt and old bay. When they're white throughout, they get a bath in ice water then drained on paper towel. Chill em in the fridge, a spritz of lemon, a shake of sea salt and pepper.....some good home made cocktail sauce..........mmmmmmm mmmmm!




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Re: Boil perch/ crappie?
« Reply #26 on: Feb 09, 2017, 11:22 AM »
I'll remove the pin bones, boil the fillets for a couple of minutes then season with some of my favorite seasonings.  (Lawry's seasoning salt, dill, thyme, pepper)  I add bread crumbs, mix and refrigerate for a period of time.  Then I finely dice red bell pepper, green pepper, and chives or green onions and add this to the mix.  Add enough eggs to make this mixture stick together and make patties that I fry in a little olive oil.  They're good hot or cold, and are good with some ranch dressing. 


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Re: Boil perch/ crappie?
« Reply #27 on: Feb 14, 2017, 02:04 PM »
Thanks for all the suggestions guys....just wondering why seven up or sprite?  Flavor?  Carbonation?  Common theme seems to be not to over boil or just quick boil, poach or steam...but cool them down, refrigerate and them butter or cocktail sauce.  I'll definitely try.  Hard to beat the old beer batter style for me...but if the boil and butter makes em taste like lobster....I'm all for trying.  Thanks again...
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