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Fish stew for Monday supper

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Awhile back we had a thread on making fish stew on a kamado.  I'd never even eaten fish stew, but started looking for recipes since I live where fresh fish is readily available.  Last week we went to a local restaurant for lunch that had a great fish stew, so I was motivated to try my own when the weather cooled.  Today was the test recipe and I cooked inside because it requires a lot of stirring and quick adding of ingredients.  Don't know if I'll try it on the kamado or not, or just do a paella, but anyway dinner's ready.  I actually used fresh mussels, frozen shrimp and a frozen concoction of fish pieces that includes calamari, baby clams, crab, and I don't know what all.  Still needs more seasoning that I haven't figured out...

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That looks fantastic Smawe. I stopped by the seafood store Friday. Mom wanted Gumbo this weekend. I noticed they had trigger fish filets. If you get a chance try some. Buttery flesh, flaky and smack your momma good.

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It's a saltwater reef fish. I'm a fisher. It takes a special knack to catch them. You don't scale them you skin them. I've been in the food business a long time and this fish is the boss. IMO Atlantic cod is the bench mark. But Trigger fish eclipses that.  I would post a pic of my last fishing trip, we loaded up on trigger fish and red groupers but I don't have copy and paste privileges on this forum

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Smoke and Awe - looks good. My son loves the frozen seafood scrapes done in a soup/stew. It's been a while since I made it. Also mussels cooked in spaghetti sauce is the bomb.

but I don't have copy and paste privileges on this forum

What the he$$ are you talking about? Never heard such a crazy thing. Send me the pictures I'll post em.

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ck, the mussels weren't as good as I had hoped, even though they were fresh and are harvested not 30 minutes from here. Maybe half of them were good/alive.  Couldn't stomach the black guts...  But I'll try again when I make the paella as that is a stronger flavor profile, I think.   I added some rice to the broth and a bit more hot sauce, and it was pretty good.  

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trigger fish are a beautiful coral reef eating fish.  they have a nasty set of chompers on them as they rip into coral.  I use to have a few in my saltwater fish tanks as they are wonderful fish to watch swim.  

 

I haven't seen the wild full size ones, so question the meat source, but I assume the ocean caught ones can be monsters.  

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@bosco I am a diver and spent countless hours (3000 +) diving in the Caribbean. I got bitten by a Big Trigger fish just below the knee. The wound was 1/2 " diameter and 1/4" deep. Yeeowie.  I came over the reef when this trigger was crunching up a shell. I'm not fearful of sharks, cudas or morays but I get the heebee geebees when trigger fish are around. I like to deep sea fish and we specifically go after Trigger Fish. Last year we were 8 miles off shore from Ft. Walton Beach, Fl.   When you deep sea fish you are always looking at your electronics for structure on the bottom. On this trip I marked big, BIG holes in the ground. I marked the coordinates and went back the next day with scuba. It was maybe 80-90 feet deep we anchored and dove. The holes were loaded with red groupers. This spot must have been a prehistoric forest. The holes were 4-5 ft in diameter on a hard bottom (Not Sandy) I swam in the hole with a lite and it seemed like a large tree's root system.  I speared a couple red groupers and went back a few weeks later with my son and we yanked some red groupers on conventional tackle.

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thats awesome, fresh grouper must taste out of this world.  One of my favourite fishes to eat.  

 

Triggers are crazy little bastards.  And those teeth, I would imagine they would cause some serious damage.  Makes catching them and eating them all the better.  

 

Sounds like an amazing spot, would love to see something like that.

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That makes sense whaler. I didn't know that. The holes were very interesting I wish I had taken a camera on that dive. The holes were absolutely loaded with red groupers.  Are there many Timber holes near P'cola. I have caught some tuna at the nipple before. My fishing grounds are normally Gulf Shores, Al but I hit Fort Walton area for cobia season, triggers and groupers.

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There are many areas of timber holes in the northern gulf. Check out al.com and search underwater forest...amazing

 

Come on over to Pensacola when you have a chance, My son operates the Pensacola Beach Marina and Hot Spots Charters.

He can put you on the fish.

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