View Full Version : Why soakem?

Barnacle Bill
02-19-2005, 08:55 PM
I've noticed a lot of you soak your crappie over night. Why? I soak salt water fish to get the fishy taste out but I've never soaked crappie, bream or perch. And they never have that fishy taste. Just curious.

David Waters
02-19-2005, 08:58 PM
I soak the fillet's to make them a little bigger. I dry them out just a few minutes before I cook them so they will fry better. I notice that soaking them gets all the blood out of them that they may have had. Plus, any little peice of fin or skin will just fall off after soaking them.

Kokanee King
02-19-2005, 09:59 PM
do you soak them in water or milk?

David Waters
02-20-2005, 08:35 AM
water, but I know some who soak them in milk.

After drying them from soaking, I put them in flour, dip them in an egg wash with egg and milk, then corn meal. The filets seem to fry up bigger for some reason after soaking. Last night was the first batch I have cooked this year. I cooked enough crappie for the entire teaching and administration staff at the high shcool I teach before Christmas. Am I a nice guy or what.

02-20-2005, 09:29 AM
I soak em in a solution of 1tbl salt to a quart of icewater only for about 10 mins. That gets the blood out. I rinse em and wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store em in ziplock freezer bags. They will last a long time.

02-20-2005, 11:31 AM
Hey guy, so I am not the only one who soaks. If you will place 3-5 cap fulls of white vinigar in salt water mix and leave 8-12 hours before freezing (if thay last that long)
it will remove all undesirable strong flavor. David and Kunes method are ideal. They work well for me.