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Old 15-11-2010, 08:15   #1
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Lion Fish: Kill and Grill ?

Did not quite no where to put this item. Wall Stree Journal had a front page article today on the pesky Lion Fish moving into a lot of cruising grounds:
Hunters Stalk the Lionfish - WSJ.com

Just curious how do you prepare them and how do they taste?
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Old 15-11-2010, 08:25   #2
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There was talk last year of someone compiling a Lionfish cookbook, but I don't think it happened. However, a Google search for "cooking lionfish" will give you a lot of advice, and some videos, too.

Basically, wear protective gloves and use heavy kitchen shears to snip off the spines. Then it's just like any other tasty fish.
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Old 15-11-2010, 08:31   #3
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Lots of Lionfish talk here on an earlier thread.
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It's probably not worth the risk/reward to eat them. They are usually not deadly but their sting is very painful.

It's not a fish to be playing around with.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lionfish
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Theres lots on youtube, including a lion fish top guns reward system as this is an invasive species, and instructions on prep and cooking. Good luck.
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The fish and game people and the oystermen are pushing something similar in the Chesapeake Bay; stingrays. Same problem; though not deadly, very, very painfull and not easy to land under control in a boat (easy on the beach--just drag them up).

A cownose by any other name is edible | Marketplace From American Public Media

For me, the cost/benifit balance is not good enough.
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I've been tagged once by these little monsters over in the Bahamas while lobstering. They will ruin your day. The meat return verses the danger is not worth the harvesting for me. But Lion fish actually taste pretty good. Just killing them on site is a nice thought but dragging around a special spear tip and bag doesn't make sense. There are some tournements in Bimini every now and then for Lion fish kills, probably a good idea.
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We just had a tournament for Lions down in the Keys. I think there were around 700 caught for the one in Key West.

I've heard that they are good, but around here they are small and it wouldn't be worth it to cook em up for me. I'll still kill one if I find it on the reef.
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This amazing, they are a rare and protected species in Australia.
It just goes to show what happens when you mess with mother nature.
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I don't know if they still do or not, but years ago stingrays were a scallop substitute in many gulf coast restaurants. While shrimping I have caught and eaten many of them. Here is the best way to process one. Obtain a 3/4" steel pipe a foot or so long. Grind a very sharp edge on one end of the pipe. With a hammer use the pipe as a stamp and stamp out the wing sections of the ray. Use a stick or scewdriver to push the stamped pieces of stingray out of the pipe. Then with a knife slice of the skin on each end of the stamped piece. You can eat them fried like fish, in gumbo or just about any way you can think of. And they are good!
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Just reported they are in gulf of mexico also.marc
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We just had a tournament for Lions down in the Keys. I think there were around 700 caught for the one in Key West.

I've heard that they are good, but around here they are small and it wouldn't be worth it to cook em up for me. I'll still kill one if I find it on the reef.
They even have a sign here at Garrison Bight pimping the edibility of Lionfish
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This amazing, they are a rare and protected species in Australia.
It just goes to show what happens when you mess with mother nature.
Maybe we can catch them and return them to Australia.

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