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Crappies & Air Fried Chips

Discussion in 'Fish' started by Bearcarver, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Crappies & Air Fried Chips

    First off I had a camera battery problem, so this is the second day of the Crappie Fillets.
    Note: Crappies are from my freezer from Bear Jr’s last year’s catch

    Mrs Bear made 9 Fillets, and I ate 4 of them the night before these, but my Camera Battery was Dead.
    So for this meal I cut some Fries with my Cheapo Fry Cutter, soaked them in cold water for a couple hours & rinsed them a few times to get rid of some of the starch.
    Then I dried them off, sprayed them with Olive Oil, and put them in my AirFrier @ 400° for 18 minutes (flipping half-way through).
    Then I reheated some of my leftover Crappie Fillets & plated them with the nice pile of Air Fried French Fries.
    I ended up with one Fillet left, and it went Great with the Eggs on my next morning’s Breakfast Plate. (Sorry--No Pics)

    Thanks for Looking,


    Cutting a couple Taters into Fries:

    Soaking Cut Fries in Cold Water to get rid of some of the Starch:

    Drying Tater cuts & Lightly spraying Olive Oil on them:

    Into the Hot Air Frier @ 400° for 18 minutes, flipping half-way through:

    Leftover Fillets from previous night's Supper:

    Bear's First Helping (second night) along with Home-made Air Fried Fries & Tartar Sauce:
    HalfSmoked, jp61, SmokinAl and 10 others like this.
  2. A big Thumbs Up !! You know I like Crappie I think I have 2 bags left in the freezer.
    Looks great :) upload_2018-2-13_12-57-2.jpeg

  3. idahopz

    idahopz Smoking Fanatic

    That looks good John - how well does that air fryer work? I've been thinking about one for a while, but some of the reviews are not that complimentary.
  4. tallbm

    tallbm Master of the Pit

    Mmmmmm one of my favorite fish to eat :D
    Looks good!
  5. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I love catching them thru the ice when I use to be able to get out.I could eat them any time of the day any meal. Points
  6. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Master of the Pit

    Nice looking meal Bear, were the crappies cooked via the air fryer?

    Point for sure.

  7. troutman

    troutman Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Haven't eaten crappie in years since moving away from the Midwest. Used to love fishing for them though, pound for pound they are one of the most fightingest fish out there !!! Looks like they made a great lunch !
  8. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank You PZ !!
    And for the Like.
    I still have a lot of things to try with it yet, but I love it !!
    And I will never make Fresh Sausage any other way again.
    When I used to grill them I had to split them open to get them done evenly, and when I fried them they splattered all over the place.
    Fresh Sausage in the Air Fryer comes out perfect inside & out---No splattering!!
    Like This:
    Fresh Sausage

  9. hank2000

    hank2000 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Looks good Bear. This reminds me we have on of those air friers wonder why we are not using it more. May have to fix that
  10. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Looks Great, Bear!

    Ya know, I was admirin your first helpin on the second day and could not help noticing that one of them looked like a Bear Paw, or print! :)

    We love our Air Fryer. But mostly do skin-on Chicken thighs in it. I sprinkle on some Chef Merito Pollo seasoning.

    Unfortunately, My wife had a very bad experience as a child with a catfish, and she won't eat any fish. Once in a while she'll eat Shrimp, but that's it. (She caught a catfish when she was 7, and her Dad forced her to clean it and eat it.)
    My cardo doc recommended Salmon, and especially grilled Salmon. So she allows that in the house. But still whines about the smell. :rolleyes:
  11. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    We really like ours, PZ. Ours is just like John and Mrs. Bear have.
    We eat a LOT of chicken around here. And the Air Fryer does a great job with skin-on, bone-in thighs. I do 4 pretty big thighs at a time.
    I put some Chef Marito Pollo seasoning on it, use the Chicken setting, and turn it at the 20 minute bell.
    Put the skin side up first. Makes it crispy. Then turn it over for the second run.
    Yummie! Our youngest Grandkids just love it!
    I've done fries in it, but not that often.

    Not too long ago I tried smoking some Chicken, then Air Fryer'd it. It was great!
    Smoke goodness, crispy hide. (I do a lot of low temperature smoking.)
    Now that I have a real smoker, I think I'll do mine smoked more often.
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  12. crazzycajun

    crazzycajun Smoking Fanatic

    How did you bread the crappie made fish once in mine missed the way the fried breading turned out
  13. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank You Gary!!
    You're about due to make some Crappies too, I believe!!
    Thanks for the Like.

  14. idahopz

    idahopz Smoking Fanatic

    That's it - you guys have me wanting to get one after all. I'm trying to do crisp foods without so much fat because the wife is on a healthy kick :D
  15. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks great Bear.
    I got a air frier for Christmas. I will be hitting you up for some help. So far I love it
  16. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    Looks like an awesome meal Bear!
    Point worthy!
  17. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Great job Bear!
    Crappies are all over the place down here & for a fish fry, you just can't beat them.
    Fantastic looking meal!
  18. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nice plate Bear!

    I have some frozen perch in plastic bags filled with water.
    Any idea how long they can remain that way and still taste like fish?
  19. crazzycajun

    crazzycajun Smoking Fanatic

    I have walleye in the freezer that way for a couple years no problem.
    jp61 likes this.
  20. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I didn't do the Crappies in the Air Fryer.


    Thanks Chris.
    No---Didn't do them in the Air Fryer. They take up too much room.


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