Nothing tastes better after a long day on the water than a meal full of vibrant vegetables, zesty seasonings and, of course, seafood! If you’re a seafood lover, you know how crucial freshness is to flavor. The fresher the fish, the better and you can’t beat one that’s fresh from the sea. Plus, if you caught it yourself, you’ll know it’s fresh.
Reeling the big catch in is half the fun, but if fresh seafood is on the menu tonight, your job has just begun. Take a look as we share our top tips on cooking up your fresh catch and how you can make a delicious meal your family won’t soon forget!
Keeping it fresh
After you’ve reeled in your catch and gotten it off the hook, immediately place your fish on ice. This is crucial to keeping it fresh longer. Once you’re back to shore, you will scale and fillet your fish. Make sure to rinse your filets and pat them dry thoroughly with a paper towel. Remember that you should always clean your fish immediately. If you don’t plan on eating your fish within the next 24 hours, we recommend freezing it to preserve its flavor.
As you already know, fresh fish tastes amazing, so be sure to cook your fish soon after catching them. Opt for simple recipes that let the flavor of the fish shine through and be very careful to follow cooking instructions as overcooking will damage the flavor and texture of your meal.
We highly recommend panfrying white-meat fish! Coat your filets in coconut oil to keep the flesh moist, plus it adds a subtle (and delicious) coconut flavor. Dust your oil-dressed fish in seasoned flour and place them in a large, open skillet with about ¼ inch of heated oil. Make sure to leave space between filets to avoid sogginess. Cook each side over medium heat until brown. The fish will flake easily when done. Finish by placing your fish bites or filets on a paper towel to drain excess oil and serve!
Did you land a big catch? Baking might be the way to go. Line a shallow baking dish with foil so the fish doesn’t stick to the pan. Next, baste the fish in seasoned butter and lemon juice. You can also add vegetables such as sliced zucchini, asparagus, and squash to bake along with the fish and its juices. Cover the pan with more foil or a lid and bake at 375F for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the thickness of fish. Test frequently to see if the fish is done. Serve on a bed of jasmine rice and enjoy!
You may be frightened by the grill when it comes to fresh fish, but no need to fear! Often, the high heat of grilling will dry fish out, however, this can be avoided by including plenty of sauce or oils and the trusty assistance of some aluminum foil!
Place each filet in its own piece of foil along with your oil or sauce of choice (we recommend olive oil or butter). You can also add your seasonings and some veggies such as onions or squash to cook along with it. Once everything’s in place, wrap each filet securely in its foil (with enough room for the fish to expand) and place it on the grill. Close the grill and cook each side for 5 to 7 minutes or until the fish flakes with a fork. Voila! Dinner is ready!
The best way to bring out the delicious flavors of your fresh catch? Lightly season it! Here are some of our tips according to species: For Bluefish, try cooking with leeks, chives, garlic, parsley, and lemon. For Flounder, opt for shallots, lemon zest, parsley, garlic, cumin, and coriander. Grouper is delicious with onion, garlic, turmeric, crushed red pepper, and basil. Try Mackeral with onion, basil, garlic, oregano, thyme, and paprika. Overall, you can’t go wrong with a classic premade seafood seasoning or the simple combination of lemon juice, dill weed, garlic, and salt & pepper. Hungry yet? If you’re looking to get one step closer to catching and cooking your dinner, come see us at one of our three South Florida locations! We would be thrilled to assist you in finding your perfect fishing vessel. Here at South Florida Yachts, we can help you choose from center consoles, bay boats and everything in between. With locations in Stuart, Lake Worth and Palm Beach, your next dinner-worthy catch is closer than you think!
The warm weather is upon us and there is no better time to break out your fishing poles and awaken your vessel from its winter hibernation. Your first 2019 destination has to include balmy weather, calm seas, and plenty of opportunities to land a great catch!
South Florida offers plenty of gorgeous, boat-friendly destinations that offer some of the best fishing in the country. Look no further, we’ve lined up our top five most popular South Florida fishing destinations so that you can begin planning your next fish & adventure filled weekend today. Just read on to discover what makes each of these destinations unique and what might be biting there!
Seven Mile Bridge
There are a whopping 42 bridges that connect all of the Florida Keys and it’s safe to say that there are thousands of fish swimming beneath them. There is one bridge, however, that takes the cake as an ideal South Florida fishing destination-the Seven Mile Bridge. This (quite literally) seven mile bridge connecting Marathon and Duck Key, offers a unique fishing experience and incredible views. Here, you’ll find an abundance of Schoolmaster, Mangrove, and Yellowtail Snapper. This area is popular with Marathon fishing charters, but, due to its seven mile length, you’ll have no problem finding a spot all to yourself. Ready to go? Make sure to bring along shrimp if you’re after Schoolmasters and pack some cut ballyhoo for the Mangrove Snapper. Of course, you don’t have to stop there! The Florida Keys is a destination in itself. Be sure to cruise back up north and hit the reefs of Islamorada where it’s not uncommon to catch Sailfish, Wahoo, Tuna, and more!
Just on the outskirts of Miami, Key Biscayne offers a beautiful and scenic area to land your next big catch. Located on a barrier island across the Rickenbacker Causeway, Biscayne Bay is a prime spot for landing Tarpon, Permit, and Bonefish. Due to the crystal clear waters, there are opportunities for sight fishing using both spinning and fly rods. Tarpon fishing remains consistent here year-round, but the best time to land a large Tarpon is from December through June-no better time than now!
Located in Southwest Florida, Marco Island boasts some of the best year-round sport fishing in the world! Marco’s shallow island-filled waters offer Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, and Sea Trout. Looking to go offshore? Venture over to the Gulf of Mexico for a chance at catching Grouper, Snapper, King Mackeral, Little Tuni, and Cobia. Marco Island is just minutes from Naples and Fort Myers, each offering even more fishing (and seafood eating) opportunities!
Lighthouse Point is a true boating community with over 18 miles of waterways. Located north of Pompano Beach, this fishing hotspot is known for its many sport fishing options. If it swims in saltwater, chances are you will come across it off Lighthouse Point. From Kingfish, to Marlin, to Wahoo, big catches attract many avid sport fisherman to this area. After your day on the water, swing by Cap’s Place, Broward County’s oldest restaurant. Here, you can enjoy great seafood and scenic views of the Intracoastal!
Stuart, Florida, located in Martin County, is the Sailfish Capital of the World! If that’s not enough to convince you to drop a line there, know that the area has also been nicknamed “Snook City” and “Kingfish Kountry”. This East Coast of Florida destination is rich with fish just waiting for an eager angler like you! In fact, Stuart sits on the most biodiverse estuary in the Northern Hemisphere. The multitude of fish in Martin County is due to it being home to 100 artificial reef systems and over 800 species of fish! In addition to the amazing fishing, both inshore and offshore, there is also plenty to do on land. Check out Stuart’s array of unique shops, incredible restaurants, beautiful golf courses, and quiet beaches. As you explore the area, be sure to stop in and say “hi” at our Treasure Coast location in Stuart. We offer an amazing selection of boats and are one of the top Robalo dealers in Florida! We treat each and every client in a personal and professional manner with the goal of placing you with your dream boat. Contact us today to discover the perfect vessel for your next fishing expedition!