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How To Remove The "muddy" Taste From Catfish

Discussion in 'Cooking Recipe's' started by Nautical Gator, Feb 18, 2018.

  1. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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    How to remove the "muddy" taste from catfish
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  2. Bossman

    Bossman Moderator on Deck Staff Member

    That seems pretty typical for all fish, if you take out the red or dark meat in the middle if takes out the strong taste. Good info thanks for putting it out there.
  3. jeff barton

    jeff barton Deckhand

    Thanks for the info Sam
  4. jj1987

    jj1987 Pirate

    Interesting, I haven't tried catfish in years. I might give this a shot.
  5. NCDave

    NCDave Newbie

    Outstanding tip! Guarantied to win over anyone who says they don't like catfish. I do the same even if I buy catfish fillets from the market. I don't normally soak them however but I do carefully rinse (or pat) any blood off the fillets before chilling them in the refrigerator prior to preparing for the table. My general technique with most any fish is to bleed them directly after they're caught which nearly always eliminates blood on the flesh when filleting.
  6. Volleybum

    Volleybum Treasure Hunter

    Thanks for the tip! Seems like that would work on a bunch of different fish that have the same issue
  7. bogman102

    bogman102 Seaman

    I really like fish; all fish including Bluefish! I know many who don't like Bluefish or even the thought of eating them.
    If you use the techniques above and the fish was handled properly when caught (put on ice) I think many more will be eating the local fish! Sam thanks for posting the video!
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  8. David Orlando

    David Orlando Master Gunner

    Yes. This is very key for bluefish.
  9. meccalli

    meccalli Pirate in the making

    In Aquaculture, the sources of off flavours are geosmin and 2-methylisoborneol. Also voc's, these are derivatives from cyanobacteria and other forms of algae. The way we get rid of it is basically to move the fish while alive to a separate tank with clean water and don't feed it for about 3 days. Significantly improves the taste. Interesting method though.
  10. meccalli

    meccalli Pirate in the making

    The bloodline as we know it is really just slow twitch muscle fibres, but it's more vascularized as a result. It does make sense that it tends to develop or concentrate most of the off flavours there.
  11. kayakmike

    kayakmike Cabin Boy

    didn't know catfish was table fare ...mmmm, think i'll just release
  12. chickenchaps

    chickenchaps Pirate

    I love catfish! I had a pond in my backyard FULL of em. One year of next to no rain, I decided we need to get all these fish out cause I cant keep water in the pond. I was shocked at how many had proliferated the small pond! And they eat awesome! I made catfish cakes last time I prepared it. Super yummy!! And I fillet them, skin and all with an electric knife. Super easy! Not the old pull with pliers way. I have a youtube video doing it if anyone wants to see. lol

  13. mak

    mak Moderator on Deck Staff Member

    Man! I get tired just looking at that pile of fish thinking about cleaning all those.:eek:
  14. duffy

    duffy Pirate

    Also, I wouldn't put your meat on pressure treated plywood either.

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