I love my crappie recipes, and I know you will too. Some people prefer catch-and-release, I do too, especially when I bread-and-release these fish fillets into hot oil.
Sometimes I keep bass to cook, saving the smaller fish to fillet and releasing the bigger ones. Crappie are also cooked whenever we have a bag full, and that is often. Not much beats a good meal of fresh fish. And there are SO many ways to prepare them.
Frying fillets from crappie is an old standby in our house. I enjoy several stews and chowders that you can use crappie or really, any other type of fish you like.
There are many recipes for fish tacos, so I thought I would give you one that you can also use for other fish.
If you are in a hurry, many fish recipes are quick and easy. You can make appetizers with raw fish, smoke fish or make fish jerky. Most of these recipes you can use with your favorite fish, so experiment if you like one.
Fish taste good and are good for you. So enjoy fishing. Now on to my crappie recipes.
FRIED CRAPPIE RECIPE (works well with any fish)
1 lb crappie fillets
1 cup beer
3 cups flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1-1/2 tsp oregano
1-1/2 TBS garlic powder
1-1/2 TBS onion powder
1/2 tsp basil
1-1/2 tsp homemade cayenne pepper, or to taste
1-1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1-1/2 tsp kosher salt
Orange Crush soda
Place the above ingredients in a bowl and mix. Whisk in enough orange crush to make a batter.
In a large heavy skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat 2-3 inches of canola oil to 375 degrees.
Dip the fillets in the beer and then coat completely with the batter. Fry until golden brown and drain well on a paper bag. Serve with lemon wedges, tartar sauce and hot sauce.
If you like shrimp scampi, you will enjoy this crappie recipe.
CRAPPIE SCAMPI RECIPE
Place foil over a cookie sheet and spray with oil. Sprinkle garlic, butter and bread crumbs over the fillets (or you may use McCormick California Garlic Powder).
Place under the preheated broiler and cook until fish flakes with a fork.