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How to cook sunfish/panfish? I have a cabin on a lakewhere theres pretty much just panfish, but there are some real big ones how do you cook them and are they good?

Question by groessera24. Uploaded on May 20, 2009

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from NolanOsborne wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Most people around here do not eat them, but I tried it once.
Fried it on a pan with butter..

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

They are delicious. Just scale them, cut the heads off and wash them well inside and out. Heat your favorite cooking oil in a fryer. Season with salt and black pepper, dredge in corn meal or use my (favorite louisiana fish fry seasoned mix) and fry in very hot oil until nice and brown. Goes great with hot grits, hush puppies, coleslaw and seasoned pork& beans.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Forgot to add you will have to learn to pick thru the bones. They are usually too small to filet.

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from Hunter Savage wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

oh man if you can get some big sunnies or yellow perch you got some great eating .just fillet them if they are real nice the ( size of your hand or bigger ). dip them in an egg wash than dredge them in flower with some salt and pepper and fry. or i like to use corn chips like you would eat with salsa , pulverized to almost a flower- instead of the flower and salt . if they are small scale and clean like del above says to

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from Big O wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Dang it Del, I just ate a couple of hours ago and thank to you I STARVING again.
Both guys are right though. Good luck and Good fishing.

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from jbird wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Fillet em, dunk em in an egg/milk wash, throw em in a paper grocery bag filled w/your batter. Flour,cornmeal,spices you like,even crushed saltines or crushed corn flakes. Fry em. Add a side of fried taters and onions and a cold beer. If you find a better meal, please post!

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Can't add anything else to what Del said except enjoy!

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from streack wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

If you don't want to fry them, you can cook them in a foil packet over a grill or fire with some butter,, salt, pepper, and a little touch or garlic. Once the juices start to boil in the foil packet give them another 5-7 mins. before you take them off the heat and enjoy. To further enhance the flavor, eat them with an ice cold Molson Canadian, preferably from a bottle.

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from buck hunter 17 wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

i am not shure how my mom cooks them but she dose make them amazing.

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from muskiemaster wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

I take the fish and put them in a tub of water then put them in a bag of bisquick like shake and bake chicken, then put them in a skillet with cooking oil and let them sit until there browned. For added taste cook some bacon in the skillet before putting the fish in there.

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from stilloutoffocus wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

my favorite way is to saute with the skin on in butter herbs and garlic then just a little touch of lemon on top. mmmm probably the best fish ive ever had was blue gill

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

Fry em up in some hot oil until crispy and watch out for the bones.

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from Bigbasskoester wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

bread the fillets and deep fry

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from goldylocks wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

Panfish is my favorite dinner.
First you fillet them! (worth the time spent)
Soak in salt water! (make sure you didn't miss any bones)
Melt butter in a pan
Place fish in butter sprinkle with salt, pepper and LEMON Pepper!
Cook over medium heat until done!
Try to only turn once. (getting impatient will cause fish to crumble)
(Crumbled panfish sandwich is pretty good too)
Get someone else to wash the dishes :-)

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from earlyriser81 wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

Fillet
Rinse
Dip in egg and milf
Place in cornmeal
fry

YUM

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

They are delicious. Just scale them, cut the heads off and wash them well inside and out. Heat your favorite cooking oil in a fryer. Season with salt and black pepper, dredge in corn meal or use my (favorite louisiana fish fry seasoned mix) and fry in very hot oil until nice and brown. Goes great with hot grits, hush puppies, coleslaw and seasoned pork& beans.

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from NolanOsborne wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Most people around here do not eat them, but I tried it once.
Fried it on a pan with butter..

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Forgot to add you will have to learn to pick thru the bones. They are usually too small to filet.

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from Hunter Savage wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

oh man if you can get some big sunnies or yellow perch you got some great eating .just fillet them if they are real nice the ( size of your hand or bigger ). dip them in an egg wash than dredge them in flower with some salt and pepper and fry. or i like to use corn chips like you would eat with salsa , pulverized to almost a flower- instead of the flower and salt . if they are small scale and clean like del above says to

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from Big O wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Dang it Del, I just ate a couple of hours ago and thank to you I STARVING again.
Both guys are right though. Good luck and Good fishing.

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from jbird wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Fillet em, dunk em in an egg/milk wash, throw em in a paper grocery bag filled w/your batter. Flour,cornmeal,spices you like,even crushed saltines or crushed corn flakes. Fry em. Add a side of fried taters and onions and a cold beer. If you find a better meal, please post!

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Can't add anything else to what Del said except enjoy!

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from streack wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

If you don't want to fry them, you can cook them in a foil packet over a grill or fire with some butter,, salt, pepper, and a little touch or garlic. Once the juices start to boil in the foil packet give them another 5-7 mins. before you take them off the heat and enjoy. To further enhance the flavor, eat them with an ice cold Molson Canadian, preferably from a bottle.

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from buck hunter 17 wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

i am not shure how my mom cooks them but she dose make them amazing.

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from muskiemaster wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

I take the fish and put them in a tub of water then put them in a bag of bisquick like shake and bake chicken, then put them in a skillet with cooking oil and let them sit until there browned. For added taste cook some bacon in the skillet before putting the fish in there.

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from stilloutoffocus wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

my favorite way is to saute with the skin on in butter herbs and garlic then just a little touch of lemon on top. mmmm probably the best fish ive ever had was blue gill

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

Fry em up in some hot oil until crispy and watch out for the bones.

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from Bigbasskoester wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

bread the fillets and deep fry

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from goldylocks wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

Panfish is my favorite dinner.
First you fillet them! (worth the time spent)
Soak in salt water! (make sure you didn't miss any bones)
Melt butter in a pan
Place fish in butter sprinkle with salt, pepper and LEMON Pepper!
Cook over medium heat until done!
Try to only turn once. (getting impatient will cause fish to crumble)
(Crumbled panfish sandwich is pretty good too)
Get someone else to wash the dishes :-)

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from earlyriser81 wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

Fillet
Rinse
Dip in egg and milf
Place in cornmeal
fry

YUM

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