smoking crappie or bass fillets

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by dannylang, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. HELLO EVERYBODY, Has anyone ever tried to smoke any crappie or bass fillets? or would it be better to leave the fish whole. I am a avid crappie angler and am getting tired of the fried and baked fish, please help me find another way to cook the tastee criters
  2. biteme7951

    biteme7951 Meat Mopper

    Neither one has any fat in the meat so they tend to be a drier smoked fish, but still plenty tasty as is or in a cream cheese spread. watch your brine time as they are thinner fillets and can get too salty with extended brine time.

  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    White fish has a delicate flavor.... I recommend a very light smoke to start with, to check the flavor profile...
    Filet, leave the skin on.... brine with spices... about 2% salt... form a pellicle... warm smoke like kippering to retain moisture, as white fish "usually" has little intramuscular fat....
    Personal preference will dictate smoking temps and time.... Overcooking will dry the fish pretty fast....

    There's my 2 cents... Dave
  4. can you tell what temp to smoke at and what temp the fish needs to be when it done.
  5. biteme7951

    biteme7951 Meat Mopper

    I smoke at 180. 145 internal to be at a safe finished temp. Hard to get a probe in a thin fillet, but generally if it will flake when bent it is done. I go a little past that to get a drier snack. they will get a little leathery similar to jerky.
  6. Oh well.  Guess I'll throw in my 2 cents.  Was raised on a the banks of a big lake in Tx..  Crappie, Bass and Catfish was always on the menu.  As others have said white fish has a very delicate taste.  One poster even said leave the skin on.  Why?  Because the taste of those fish is that delicate you would need the skin to add flavour.  In my humble opinion I would not smoke those fish.  Just my opinion.

    I'll bet you roll your crappie in seasoned flour and fry in oil or even butter?  If you know this already I apologise.  Fillet your FRESH fish and remove the skin.  Place in ice water in the fridge for at least 1 hour.  Shake off excess water and roll in seasoned ( salt and pepper ) cornmeal.  Deep fry till light golden brown. Light fish taste and the crunch of the cornmeal.   If you smoke those fish you will end up with smoked something.  It could be smoked cardboard.  In my opinion delicate fish like that will be lost in the smoke.  Keep Smokin!

  7. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Ditto Danny,  some things just don't need smoke.  Bite my tongue, did I say that?  If you do though, use Dave O's advice.  Just a hint of smoke would suffice.  Start by using a heavier smoke for a short duration, adjust from there.


  8. shaggy91954

    shaggy91954 Meat Mopper

    I wouldn't waste my chips, pellets, chunks, etc... on ruining those delicious fillets.  Batter - Fry - Enjoy.  If it ain't broke don't fix it.  Just my 2 cents.
  9. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Here's a brine recipe for crappie(from the totem smoker co)

    1qt water

    1/2 cup non-iodized salt

    1/2 cup white sugar

    3 ozs rum

    1 oz lemon juice

    3 cloves garlic

    3 TBSPN pickling spice

    1/4 tsp lemon pepper

    3 bay leaves

    Fillet the crappie(skin removed) and remove rib bones,brine about 4 hours for fillets that size. Put toothpicks in the tail section and hang on your rack by the toothpick,let air dry one hour for pellicle. Smoke at  low temp for an hour or so( I use alder) and then continue cooking  w/o smoke until done . I have used this recipe many times and it is awesome !
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2014
  10. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I tried both and did not like either one..Saltwater smoked fish for me...
  11. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Rainbow trout is good..

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