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How to prepare/cook EEL

post #1 of 10
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I have always wanted to cook and eat American (regular,plain old,river type) EELs.I have caught some large ones but never kept as I just dont know even where to begin.Any help would be appreciated

Thanks

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post #2 of 10
Lay it on it's back & cut behind the gills ALMOST all the way thru. Then slit from the anus up to the previous cut. Then grab the head in one hand & the meat in the other & peel it back. Blowfish are done this way too.
post #3 of 10
I do nearly the same.....cut the skin (only the skin) all the way around behind the head. Take a headed nail, nail the eel thru the head into a tree or something. Take a pair of needlenose, grab the skin at the cut, and pull down. Skin strips right off in one piece.

Then you can either fillet, or just cook it whole or in pieces. Use seafood breader and fry em up.
post #4 of 10
Skin is tasty, try ordering eel at a chinese restaurant and see for yourself.
post #5 of 10
I just dip in flour and fry in butter till the skin crisps up.
post #6 of 10
Skin is loaded with mercury. I will follow Steve's advice.

for cooking your catch, cut it in 2"-3" chunks and wash with lime/lemon juice real good. (this will quimically cook your fish) Then drain the liguid, and add pepper, some adobo seasoning (this contain salt). If you dont have any, use your favorite mix seasoning and add salt.

Then get some egg, breadcrums or flour and deep dry those chucks in Canola Oil medium heat (Olive Oil is fine but canola contains 10% of the Omega-3 body needs and taste better).

Serve with Lemon/Lime slices and your favorite salad/steak fries...
post #7 of 10
i saw a public tv travel show where the guy was in italy

live eels were skewered on sticks and cooked over charcoal


i watched a movie about a european family starving during WWII

there was one scene where they pulled a rope out of a river that had a horse's head tied to it

they were using it as eel bait, and it was very effective

"the tin drum"

good flick actually
post #8 of 10
Any type of meat will serve as a good source of bait. Some are more effective than others, but when the fish is hungry, they will eat anything. Kind of like us.... At least myself, will eat a horse if i am starving.....
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by Striper Lover
Any type of meat will serve as a good source of bait. Some are more effective than others, but when the fish is hungry, they will eat anything. Kind of like us.... At least myself, will eat a horse if i am starving.....



watching the eels crawl in and out of the various openings in the horses head was a rather gut-wrenching visual
post #10 of 10
gut it and smoke it...
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