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American Paddlefish Spoonbill Recipes

Spoonbill Caviar harvest

  During the last century, paddlefish and sturgeon have stimulated the world stock trades with their eggs (roe), called caviar. Paddlefish and sturgeon are two of the most important fish for freshwater caviar. Paddlefish take many years before they are able to spawn. A female may take 9 to 10 years, when they are about 42 inches long, and males 7 years old and 40 inches long are able to spawn. When able to spawn, the female releases adhesive eggs randomly over the water bottom and abandons them. They are capable of producing over one-half million eggs a year, but they may not spawn every year.



Paddlefish Info

Paddlefish Recipes



Taking the fishy taste out of Spoonbill Paddlefish

  • The main thing to remember is to make sure you clean ALL of the red out of the meat before you cook

  • You can soak the cleaned meat in milk, buttermilk or cider vinegar and water over night

  • To reduce the muddiness soak overnight in 7-up

  • Spoonbill is a very fat fish.  The fishy taste will come from the fat in the meat.  1. Cook the fish on a grill so the fat runs off the meat.  Make sure you have skinned the meat and cut the pieces no more than 3/4 inch thick.  2. You can marinate the fish in a citrus marinade before cooking and when you grill, use a high heat.  This will help reduce the oils in the meat.

Spoonbill Paddlefish Recipe

 3-Alarm Spoonbill Jambalaya

  • 2 lbs. fresh spoonbill, cut 1" chunks

  • 1 c. chopped onions

  • 1/2 c. chopped green pepper

  • 1/2 c. chopped red pepper

  • Lots of fresh chopped parsley

  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh ginger

  • Ground cayenne, white, black & chili pepper to taste

  • 4-6 fresh chilies

  • 16 oz. can skinless stewed tomatoes

  • 1/2 bulb chopped garlic

  • 4-6 servings of cooked rice

  In a wok or large frying pan, stir fry the peppers in about 1/4 cup of water over high heat with the garlic, onions and ginger.  

  Add everything else, except the fresh chilies and rice, and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer about 15 minutes or until the fish is done.

  Serve over rice to soak up the alarm juice and garnish with fresh chilies.  Serves 4-6




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