Resurrecting this because I want to so deal with it
Since posting this thread I tried another species that most would consider inedible: bonita.
(aka false albacore), not to be confused with bonito
(haven't caught one of these yet). If you want to see the difference, check these photos https://journal.amberjack.com/2016/09/false-albacore-vs-bonito-whats-the-difference/
First attempt was pan-seared and prepared along the lines of the recipe I posted here a few years ago. Result was actually pretty good. Not exactly restaurant-grade sushi tuna, but perfectly acceptable.
Second attempt I tried a ginger soy marinade and that was an abject failure, but to be fair I can't say how much of that was the fish because I royally botched the marinade
I also caught some pretty good sized white and black margates. The people I fished with told me they were inedible so I tossed them, but after looking around online I'm not so sure they were right
I don't like keeping fish just to experiment unless I know there's at least a small chance they may be edible, and I didn't know otherwise at the time. Any of you guys want to weigh in on this?
Finally, here's a super simple recipe many of you likely already know. I did this with blue runner, which spent the previous night soaking in buttermilk.
Mix Dijon or spicy brown mustard with a little honey (I use a 4- or 5-to-1 ratio since I don't like it too sweet) and a generous amount of lemon juice. Baste fillets (or chicken or pork). Cover and refrigerate for an hour. Toss on grill.
So far my list of edible "inedible" fish is:
- Blue Runner - quite good. Not one I'd target, but one I'm happy to keep. Cut the bloodline and soak in milk or (preferably) buttermilk.
- Bonita- hit and miss and a lot of effort to prepare, so not always worth the effort
- Monkfish - not sure if this goes on the list since they sell it in grocery stores. It's ugly as sin though.
Unsure of (heard they may be edible, but nothing first-hand):
- Black Margate
- White Margate
- Stone Crab - Yuck. Pack with ice and send to me for proper disposal.