Recipe by Laurita
A friend gave me a croaker he caught in the Chesapeake Bay on his vacation. Never had the pleasure of eating croaker before. I've learned it's a sweet tasting bottom-feeder fish (from up north!) Other than cleaning it, the recipe is soooo simple and awesome tasting! The fish flakes right away from the bone, doesn't have a strong fish taste, and tastes incredible! Makes me want to go fishing up north so I can get "a whole mess of 'em"!!
Top Review by CHEF GRPA
I use a Poaching allows you to still retain flavor and cook the healthy way without drying fish out. And a litter butter, Tender meat with a mild, sweet flavor. Croaker is found in nearshore and Chesapeake Bay waters during the spring, summer and fall, and are available further south and offshore during the winter months.
UPDATE:: To make a Poacher On each sheet of foil, place 1/2 teaspoon butter. Drape 1/4 of the filets over the butter, add salt and pepper to taste and one quarter of the slice scallions. Add about 1/2 teaspoon of water to each packet, sprinkle 1/4 of the herbes de provence on top of each, then fold the foil up and over the filet until you have a loose close packet, making sure there's some room inside to steam. Seal all edges. Repeat for the other filets.
Put the packets on a baking sheet. If you've folded them correctly they should not leak while they're in the oven. If you're in doubt, put them in a large oven dish instead. Put into oven for 20-25 minutes. at 375 deg.F.
It's very difficult to overcook fish this way, so if you're leery of the fish being undercooked, leave it in slightly longer.
Open each packet at the table -- you don't want to miss that aroma!
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
- Place a baking pan in the oven large enough for the amount of fish you are going to bake.
- Clean the croaker leaving in the center bone strip.
- Coat fish with oil.
- Finely chop peanuts and toast to make bread crumbs.
- Roll the oiled fish in the bread crumb/peanut mixture, sprinkle with pepper.
- Put fish on pan and cook at the high temperature for only 10 minutes.