I grew up with a boat in Florida and spent several days a week on the water. So no, I’m not qualified to write the definitive rankings for ‘the best tasting fish in the world’ but my list is better than yours, so suck it.
We used to catch these in the Smokey Mountains in North Carolina when I was a kid and would cook them camping. The flat body lends it perfectly too cooking, just prepare it with a little lemon butter and/or fry it up and you’re in business.
Caught from the Chesapeake Bay on down to the Florida Keys and all throughout the Caribbean, it’s one of my all-time favorites. People salivate over swordfish like it’s a gift from the gods, but sometimes it’s really not all that tasty.
I think what people tend to forget is the fish you’re ordering in a restaurant has been vetted, it’s not some bottom feeding specimen you pulled in on your buddy’s Boston Whaler, this is a restaurant-caliber fish and holy shit is Cod delicious. 19) Speckled Sea Trout: For a while these fish were hard to come by in parts of Florida.
Due to a combination of random cold fronts and a few brutal hurricanes the speckled sea trout fishery was decimated. You can pretty much catch them on any grass flat across Florida or throughout the Gulf of Mexico, and they’ll strike anything that’s shiny and moves.
18) Chilean Sea Bass: Fun fact, the Chilean Sea Bass has forever been known as the ‘Patagonian Tooth fish’, but apparently that name wasn’t very marketable and the fish didn’t sell much worldwide. As I’ve stated before the best fish is whatever’s freshest, and if you can get fresh salmon (Pacific Northwest on up) it’s tasty as hell.
If you’re deeply into salmon it’s simply because you haven’t tasted enough other fish yet to know what you actually like. Actual yellowtail caught from the cool waters of California is fucking delicious, and it’s also a fish that fights like hell so if you catch it yourself it tastes even better because you feel like you’ve truly earned that fish.
15) Catfish: Blackened or fried, this is one of the best tasting fish worldwide BUT ONLY when it’s prepared by someone who knows how to season and cook it properly. 14) Blue Marlin: I didn’t want to include this on my list only because I don’t actively support the killing of billfish.
I have however eaten fresh blue marlin after one (of 3) we caught out of Los Stenos Marina in Costa Rica died after a 90-minute fight. The mates filleted it there and it was probably top 3 pieces of fish I’ve ever eaten in my life.
It would be lower on the list if there were more blue marlin in the ocean, but they really shouldn’t be taken (and subsequently eaten) unless the fish died in battle. I discovered Halibut way too late in life and I’ve been making up for lost time in the past few years.
The last Dover Sole I had been at Carbone here in NYC (in Greenwich Village), and it was so expertly prepared that I found myself eating every last morsel of the fish skin, which is something I never do. Eat it raw, sear it, thinly slice it and cover it with a little soy sauce and this is one of the most exquisite tasting fishes in the world.
You might know this fish as ‘Ono’ depending on where you live in the world, that’s what the Hawaiians refer to it as. If I were on death row and could request my final meal it’d be fried whole Dogfish Snapper (probably prepared by S.A.L.T.
The Dogfish is amongst the most iconic fish in the state of Florida, and one of the most sought after in the world. It’s a fish that’s been exploited by commercial fisherman and at one point it was on the verge of a complete species collapse.
Well, it’s rebounding (slowly), and I’ve become more open to eating the most exquisite fish in the ocean. Not too long ago I had a piece of Blue fin Tuna sushi at Sushi Nakamura in NYC’s West Village (the same Nakamura from Miro Dreams of Sushi on Netflix), and I swear to God I didn’t want to chew because the tuna in my mouth was so good I was worried I’d never taste anything that delicious again for the rest of my life.
Honorable Mentions: Cobra, Pompano, Blackish, Mullet, and Bluefish. Florida is a paradise for the recreational and professional fisherman because of the bounty of fish and other seafood delicacies our coasts have to offer.
You can serve snapper either whole, which you can bake or grill in the oven stuffed with slices of local oranges, limes and/or lemons, garlic and a sprig of cilantro, or in files. For files, it is better to grill or sauté those after you have marinated them, and then serve them with rice pilaf and beautiful fresh vegetables on the side.
If you catch Spanish mackerel, either roast them whole, fry them whole or grill them whole with Mediterranean inspired herbs, spices and sauces. Most restaurants choose to serve this fish in files grilled, blackened or baked with mashed potatoes, rice, and/or vegetables on the side.
The flesh of flounder, when cooked, is very white, tender, sweet, with small flakes, so it is best to season it simply and not overcook it. Flounder tastes best either broiled or sautéed with salt, pepper, butter or olive oil and maybe one other spice or herb, and then serve it with rice, potatoes, and/or salad and vegetables.
Mullet tends to be very oily fish, with firm flesh and great skin, which it is why it is a popular choice for smoking. So, if you can smoke the mullet you catch, do it, and you can transform the finished product either into a spread like most locals do, serve on its own as an appetizer or light dinner, or put it on salads.
Mullet can also be grilled and baked whole, seasoned with a marinade, rub or salt and pepper with aromatics stuffed it in the belly cavity. If you catch this fish and decide to serve it at your table, it is best to grill, sauté, or broil the files using a simple marinade made with oil, citrus juices, or maybe white wine or balsamic vinegar.
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Image source: homeandplate.this flaky grouper recipe with lemon and herbs turns each meal into a magical moment. Sprinkle a mix of dried fennel seed, basil, red pepper, garlic, and parsley.
Big chunks of juicy fillets of grilled fish, slightly charred on the outside, yet moist and flaky on the inside, enhance by onion rings, zesty tangerine, and saline olives, absolutely make a festive lunch or dinner. You’ll love this for three reasons: It only takes 10 minutes to prepare, it’s a complete meal, and of course, it’s a flavorful and hearty family feast.
Tweak : Either you serve it with rice and side salad tonight, or slice it for fish tacos with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and your fave dressing or sauce for the next day. Image source: Louisiana cooking.combat most foodies love about this grouper dish is the fillet’s light, mild flavor.
Image source: Corcoran Street KitchenAside from the joy every angler feels whenever catching grouper, this savory, lean and flaky white fish also satisfies everyone’s cravings. Bursting with flavors and variety of texture, this broiled grouper recipe is best served with some grilled vegetables or some fresh salads for a totally healthy meal.
Note: Be mindful to only broil the fish under the hot broiler for just a few minutes so that it remains crispy on top and perfectly tender and moist on the inside. Grouper fillets tend to be meatier than typical whitefish like tilapia, so they are flakier, moister, and overall a real treat.
Well, you can always make a “DIY” romantic date with him or her in just a snap of a finger without overspending with this grouper over spinach meal. Smoked paprika and Italian seasoning make this a simply delicious take on sautéed fish.
You may likewise add some white wine to the pan along with the olive oil and butter for a flavorful sauce. Image source: Mike’s TableEvery meal is extra special whenever the family sits together to enjoy a yummy and nurturing platter.
This unique grouper dish though quick and easy promises a flavorful and enticing dining experience. Image source: Adventurous Kate.Comte grouper family is perhaps the most popular saltwater food fish in the United States and even in some parts of the world.