Poor Man's Lobster

Discussion in 'Fish' started by bearcarver, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Poor Man's Lobster

    It's Friday again & Mrs Bear leaves me on Fridays to fend for myself.

    She doesn't eat fish, so that's when I make things like Shad Roe, Fish, and Seafood.

    Many people use Monkfish or Cod for this, but I use about any white fleshed fish (saltwater or freshwater).

    I split this batch of fish in half awhile back, so I'm not sure exactly what it said on the package, but I think they called it “Whitefish”.

    First I rinsed 2 ½ pounds of Fillets, and cut them all in half to make them easier to handle.
    Then I put 6 cups of Water, one cup of Sugar, and two TBS of Non-iodized Salt into a 2-quart pot.
    Bring to boil.
    Remove from heat & add Fillet pieces. Make sure they are completely covered.
    Let sit for 5 minutes.
    Remove from water, and drain on paper towels.
    Scrape off any skin that comes off easily. (This fish's skin was like oil)
    Line pieces up in a foil pan or cookie tray, or similar pan.
    Pour a good amount of melted Butter over All pieces.
    Sprinkle Paprika over All.
    Put in Preheated oven, set on Broil. (I like to use the Toaster Oven).
    Broil for 10 minutes for each 1” of thickness, with a minimum of 8 minutes for thinner pieces.
    Remove from Broiler, put in bowl or plate, and pour Butter from pan over fish, and serve.

    About my Drink:
    We had a Cantaloupe that Mrs Bear picked out, that wasn't quite as ripe as we like them.
    I put the pieces that were left (about half of a Cantaloupe) into my Omni Blender, then about a cup & a half of Ice. Then I ran the Blender until it was a nice ice cold Cantaloupe Drink. Very Tasty!!


    2 ½ pounds of Fillets:

    Cut down to manageable size:

    Bring to boil & simmer:

    Scrape the skin off:

    Put the pieces in a foil pan, pour melted Butter over, then Paprika, and into the oven:

    Ready for the Broiler:

    Ready to eat----MMMMmmmmm........:

    Cantaloupe Juice from Omni Blender:

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  2. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks awesome!! Like you said, we used to do that with monkfish until it got to be just about as expensive as lobster. Did a similar meal last year with a bunch of Whiting we'd caught, as well as the meat from a half dozen crabs. Whiting doesn't hold together real well, so the fish and crab meat all sort of blended together in the buttery sauce resulting in something similar to crab Norfolk.

    Is was pretty tasty. My wife still talks about spending the day fishing and crabbing together.

  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks good bear!!! We use a fish here called Cabezon (AKA Mother-in-Law fish. Ugly and stubborn) for poor mans lobster.
  4. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Really? Mrs Bear won't eat that? With your trout and now this you have me seriously turning an eye to fishing.
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Bum!!!

    Wife looks like she knows how to handle an open-face Yankee Spinning Reel.

    Mrs Bear is Great at fishing, but won't eat any of it !!!

    Oh Well---More for The Bear!!

  6. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    She does. I keep forgetting not to teach her new things, as she usually ends up making me look bad :) A few years back a group I was associated with was hosting an outing at a local gun club. There was an informal skeet shoot, and then a "turkey shoot" type thing where everyone took one shot at a stationary 25 yard paper target with a .410 for prizes.

    In the weeks preceding the shoot, we went to the range a few times to get her up to speed since she'd never shot before but wanted to give it a try. Her very first ever round of skeet, she broke 14 with a .410. I knew I was in trouble.

    Here she is firing the WINNING shot in the turkey shoot. I still hear about that from time to time.

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  8. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Your wife doesn't know what she's missing. That looks great.

  9. Bear

    that looks great. The only way my wife will eat fish is fried. Oh well.

    Happy smoken

  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Case!!!

    I had a Great Mother-in-law!

    FIL is the Stubborn one!!

    Thanks Todd !!!

    Yup---Absolutely NO Fish or Seafood !!!

    And the Chicken Thighs I made today were too Smoky, and Too Spicy!!! [​IMG]

  11. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's Great !!!

    Mrs Bear used to be pretty good at shooting, but much better at fishing, baseball, basketball, and the best female Quoit thrower I ever saw.

    Having two brothers probably helped her there. However, the whole rest of her family eats Fish & loves Smoked Meat!!! [​IMG]

  12. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I had to post a photo. Cabezon- AKA Mother in law fish! It makes great poor mans lobster the texture of the fish is very similar to lobster. Stubborn fighters too.
  13. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking Good Bear, but I wouldn't expect any less.

    Bear, I used to have a seafood fest when my wifey went to the shore with the kids (could not go due to work schedule)

    Anyhow she would go down with the kids for a week leaving me fend for myself lol.

    She is deathly allergic to shellfish, she can get sick very easily from cross-contamination, soooo... when she headed to the shore, I loaded up on Lobster, shrimp, scallops etc...,

    And Mdboatbum's got a keeper
  14. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Disco!!

    LOL---I keep telling here that !!

    LOL---I would gladly fry some up for Mrs Bear, but no way--no how!![​IMG]

  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wow!! That is an ugly Mother  In-law!!

    Thank You Sqwib!!!

    My Son has that same allergy. He got real sick on Mussels from a picnic. He thought they must have been bad. Then he had some at a Restaurant, and thought he was going to die!!! Dr said he's allergic.

  16. Yummm! That looks so good! I love nearly all seafood (pickled herring being the exception). Also love fishing with the same type reel shown above and hunting/shooting!!!
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  17. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Alesia!!! 

    I was weaned on a Mitchell 300 (when they first came out).

    I mentioned "Open-faced Yankee spinning reel, because when I was in the Army, I would loan my rods & reels to buddies of mine who went fishing with me. The ones from the South would turn them upside down because they were used to closed face "Spincast" reels.

  18. smokeamotive

    smokeamotive Smoking Fanatic

    Funny you mention the Mitchell 300.........I still have AND use the 300 I bought back when I was 12 or 13yrs old, (the one made in France). It still works perfectly and in most cases better than any of my newer reels. They just don't make-em like that any more!!!
  19. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Thanks for the recipe Bear!  Looks great!

  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yup---The one made in France!

    I got a couple of them laying around. I think they were first to come out with the interchangeable spools. I'd fill a few of them with different weight line for each kind of fishing.

    The only trouble I ever had with them was the line would put a cut in the spool, and mess with the smooth casting.

    I rarely go fishing any more, but when I do it's for Trout, and I use my little Daiwa MiniSpin with 2 lb or 4 lb line. I love that little thing!!!


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