Fillet or Cook Whole?

Discussion in 'The BOC Diner' started by Philiagorillia, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. Philiagorillia

    Philiagorillia New Member

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    I was just curious on how everyone likes to cook thier catfish, i cook them both whole and fillet them up into catfish nuggets.
     
  2. JimmyJonny

    JimmyJonny Well-Known Member

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    I'm a filet man myself. My kids are more likely to eat fish that way also.

    -Jim-
     

  3. Kajun77

    Kajun77 New Member

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    I like them whole but now with small kids we usaly go the filet route so they dont eat any bones.
     
  4. catfisherman_eky3

    catfisherman_eky3 New Member

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    I fillet mine here and cook them in bass pro shop fish batter
     
  5. Trex

    Trex New Member

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    I like to take the larger blues,( 15-40 lbs.), fillet them, marinate them, and smoke them over a pecan and oak fire. Takes about 3 1/2 hours. Real good.

    M Fallon
     
  6. pythonjohn

    pythonjohn New Member Supporting Member

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    The smaller ones I like whole and the larger ones I steak out.
     
  7. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    Another vote for fillets here.
     
  8. bownero

    bownero New Member

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    I'm a fillet man too!! I like alot of different seasonings for catfish.
     
  9. RedXpress

    RedXpress New Member

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    Fillet em around a pound and up. Below a pound fry them whole.
     
  10. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    I fillet everything,except trout,My wife won't eat fish unless it is done this way. I do sneak in a few whole bluegill once in a while for me.
     
  11. PeeDee Cat

    PeeDee Cat Member

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    Small cats are better fried whole U know biscuit cats. Large cats are better cut up in nuggets deep fried in House Autrey Breading with a lot of Tabasco Sauce on them . It will make your mouth water. The best cat's I have ever eaten was in Gueydan,LA.
     
  12. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    I would rather fry whole but, the absolute best way to prepare a catfish is to butterfly filet about a 4-5 pounder, stuff that filet with some fresh picked blue crab meat, butter her down real good and broil it in the oven.

    It's catfish to die for.
     
  13. rich-online

    rich-online New Member

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    For me, a lot depends on the size of the fish. If it's over 2#, it's too big for be to cooked whole. One of the classic Chinese dishes is to cut the fish into steaks, saute with black bean sauce and garlic, and then re-assemble the pieces on a platter for serving.

    -- Rich
     
  14. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    Most of the time, I fillet the cats before cooking them, because no one else in the house will eat them cooked whole. However, since you are allowed an extra 10 channel cats below 16" in length on the Arkansas River, I occasionally keep several that size to cook whole for myself.
     
  15. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    I miss eating whole catfish. Nobody else in the house likes them that way I don't think. I like to eat the crunchy tail fin lol.
     
  16. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    fillet them up into nuggets.
     
  17. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    If you fillet cats larger than, say, 6# or so, be sure to save the ribs and backbone. Sprinkle them with seasoning (I use lemon pepper.) and broil them. Since there are no small bones to worry about, it's very easy to simply flake off the meat, which is some of the best tasting on the fish.
     
  18. Scott Daw

    Scott Daw New Member

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    I always fillet my fish.
     
  19. FourWinds

    FourWinds New Member

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    Smaller ones I like to cook whole, larger ones then I fillet them and sometimes cut them into nuggets.
     
  20. mmuckleroy

    mmuckleroy New Member

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    I fillet out both sides for the wife. Then still fry the skelton for me.:big_smile_2: