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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Sutchi Fillet with Cornmeal Crust

I am lucky that my daughter has always liked fish. I remember when I was a kid you couldn't get me to eat any fish besides fish sticks and those weren't even a favorite of mine I just ate them. My mom never prepared anything special if you didn't like the meal, we just ate what she served us. Well...I should say the only thing she would make separate was when we had hot dogs dinner, and she would make a hamburger for me...since I hated hot dogs.

Anyway I started my daughter on salmon with Goya's mojo corilla marinade, and she loved it and would request salmon with steamed rice and broccoli. A mother's dream. Then we tried catfish, rainbow trout, haddock, halibut and more. So now when we find a new fish to try she is gun-ho all on board to try it!!!

We ran across this sutchi fish that is similar to catfish and will hold up well to pan frying, we thought we'd try it.
prepare the egg mixture...whisk together 1 egg and a little milk or cream with a fork...if you don't want to use eggs you can soak the fish in buttermilk instead. Pour the egg wash and cornmeal mixture (recipe below) in shallow bowls...or pie dishes.
prepare the fish by rinsing and patting them dry...
...then dust the fillets in flour that is seasoned with salt and pepper, I use a plastic bag and shake the fish with flour until well coated. The flour helps the egg wash and cornmeal stick. Then dip the fillet in the egg wash and then in the cornmeal.

Cornmeal crust:
  •  3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (or less)
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay (or other seafood seasoning that you like)
  • if you don't have Old Bay try this:
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon tarragon (I just like dried tarragon with fish)
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Heat up a skillet or griddle with a little oil, I use rice bran oil it can take high heat well without smoking. You want the pan to be hot.
Cook the fish 3-5 minutes per side until done. They should be a golden brown with a crisp crust.
Nice and moist fish inside. The sugar is my secret in the crust...it makes it taste like lake perch or walleye that is naturally a little sweet....well I can imagine can't I?
You can use many fish like to cook like this, but it can't be too delicate or it will fall apart.

Now a few pictures of Mika and how fast she is growing...
I was on the bed reading and Mika jumped up to join me She is so funny they way she will snuggle into all the pillows on the bed, she did this all on her own so I had to snap a pic. But when it's bedtime she doesn't sleep on the bed she likes it on the terrazzo floor in the hallway.
She went on her first boat ride and she really enjoyed it, once she got used to it.
After a long day in the sun, sand and water she found a place to take her nap...
so sweet all snuggled in

 She didn't let anything stand in her way of getting in her afternoon nap, not even the driver, good thing he doesn't have to sit down to drive the boat.
now on the other side, so many comfy places to nap! She is still a puppy after all!
Here I caught her going after a lizard, she looks so innocent.
Her brother came over for a weekend visit, they didn't spend much time apart. Our good friends adopted her brother Levi, so they get to see each other often.
I don't know why Levi won't smile for the camera!! Too funny! Mika looks happy!

41 comments:

  1. Hi Lindsey, I just happen to be on my computer commenting, and saw your new post appear on the side-bar of my blogroll list, so I clicked on it right away.
    I've never heard of Sutchi Fillet, but if its close to the Catfish, I know I will love it. I like the batter how you prepared it; the crunchy cornmeal batter is the best for fried fish. You're so smart to mix it with flour so it will not be so 'gritty' just with cornmeal alone! Incidentally, I don't have Old Bay this time, but have all the other spices to mix together. (thanks for the tip)

    Loved all the photos of your sweet Mica. So amazing how she and Levi looks so much alike, but she is so outgoing and really 'smiling' for the camera! Thanks for sharing:) xo

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    1. Yay, what a coincidence so nice to hear from you first! This was the first we've heard of sutchi too. But we like catfish as well so we were good with it too! It's really flexible on the seasonings that you add and the flour/bread crumbs/cornmeal ratio!
      When you see the two of them together it is sometimes hard to call to the right one. Mika has black in her and Levi seems to be a faded version with charcoal instead of black. She has black on her tail and one black hind leg.

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  2. this fish looks great and such a cute girl and I want to come on the boat!

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    1. Next time you come down we will take you out on the boat!

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  3. I have never heard of sutchi fish but there is not a fish that we do not like. We also never see catfish in the poissonnerie here. Think I will pop over for dinner with you :-)

    Mika looks a happy, fun dog. Take care Diane

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    1. Diane, I can't believe I was so picky about fish when I was a kid. You are welcome for dinner anytime...I'll put the kettle on!

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  4. I love the golden color of this fish! We eat so much here in Florida hubby is always at the ocean catching whatever is in season. This is such a versatile coating and sure to please him! Thanks following you on network blogs glad to see we are pretty much neighbors in the same state.. thanks for you visit... have a great weekend!

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    1. Yes we are lucky living in Florida for fresh seafood. My husband doesn't fish though. Thanks for the follow, and visit!

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  5. I used to pan fry dory fillets in similar way when my sons are younger; I must cook again when my kitchen is ready..love Mika's photos, the last one specially!

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    1. Some fish are just meant to pan fry! That photo makes me smile everytime I see it. :D

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  6. My children love fish too and I'm really happy that they like variety of food, as I know some of my friends children have a hard time eating fish or other kinds of food. I love your fish recipe!
    Wow Mika is growing up SO FAST! How wonderful that she enjoyed her first ride on a boat. You can now enjoy cruising with her. And I love the sibling love... so cute!

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    1. She is growing fast, that's why I am taking so many photos...I can almost what her grow before my eyes! They are so cute together...never far from one another.

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  7. I've never tried sutchi, I'll have to look for it. Your little Mika is so adorable. I'm glad she get's to see her brother often. She really does look like she is smiling for the camera :)

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    1. It's very mild, but we are lucky here in Florida to get so many fresh fish options.
      Mika just loves visiting with her brother. They are so fun to watch.

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  8. Looks yummy yummy... Just love it....

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  9. Your fish looks great but your puppies are ADORABLE!!!! Such sweetness :)

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  10. Your fish fillets look very crispy yet so succulent.
    Mika seems to enjoy being photographed.

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    1. Thanks! Mika is a ham...she has so much expression!

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  11. looking forward to try this yummy version..
    Tasty Appetite

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  12. I so need to be more adventurous in trying new kinds of fish. We mainly stick to halibut & salmon. I was spoiled with such fresh halibut and salmon growing up.

    Mika is such a ham! She's adorable, you can tell she has a great personality. I love when they cuddle in the blankets & pillows. Panda always cuddles with a blanket of some sort, and she always sleeps on the bed.

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    1. I don't know Susan...if I lived in Alaska I think I would be eating salmom and halibut all the time! :)

      Miks is a funny little thing, and she is fun to watch you never know what she's going to do. :)

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  13. It sounds delicious, but I've never heard of the fish. Mika is adorable and so is her brother.

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    1. Thanks Pam! Her eyes are so blue they can look right through you sometimes.

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  14. Love seeing Mica and her huge smile! Another wonderful fish recipe with alluring textures and spicing, YUM!

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    1. She is smiling so big you can't see her blue eyes! :) Thanks, so many ways you can season this.

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  15. Looks delicious! Sutchi is great for fish and chips, one of my kids favourites. Your cornmeal crust looks so good!

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    1. It is a very mild fish, and we liked the texture for frying.

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  16. I will have to keep a look out for this Sutchi. Good thing my boys enjoy fish. Their favorite is of course salmon but they will try almost anything I put on the table :) Your fish looks very nicely done with the golden crust. Must be delicious!

    Cute dogs! They do look alike :)

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  17. I love fish cooked this way, yours look perfect Lyndsey :)
    Hope you are having a fantastic week!

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  18. Aww the puppies are so cute!!!

    I go back and forth on fish...but that cornmeal crust does sound fabulous!

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  19. That fish looks beautiful and the dogs are so cute!

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  20. Dear Lyndsey, We always ate what my mom made too. I guess it way just understood you ate what was served. Honestly, I pretty much liked everything!
    It really is terrific that your daughter likes fish and you introduce all of these wonderful foods that are delicious and good for you.
    The recipe looks wonderful.
    Mika is adorable and looks like she is enjoying life. She is very blessed to be a part of your family.
    Blessings dearest. Catherine xo

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  21. Your puppy is so precious! She's just having the best time ever on that boat :)

    And I'll have to try using tarragon with fish! I've got loads of the stuff but I'm not too often using it in cooking. Perhaps I can get breathe some new life into my regular fish dishes with some tarragon :)

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  22. Loved all the photos of your Mica. Fish looks good.

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  23. The fish sounds good - I am partial to a cornmeal crust!. I admire what your mum did.....making one meal for (almost) everyone, something I sometimes struggle with my kids!

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  24. I have always liked fish, but not too much before I discovered the Japanese cuisine and all the lovely dishes that can be made with fish. The cornmeal crust sounds very original and tempting. I must remember it next time I feel like changing from bread crumbs (although I would probably have to produce it on my own ;-) ). Your dog's photos are really cute :-)

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  25. What a good idea! I shall try using cornmeal for my next fry up!

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  26. I'm glad your puppy didn't feeling dizzy at all during the boat ride. haha.... As I know, some dogs will get dizzy even riding on cars and they will vomit. lol. My dog will definitely love to climb to my bed but I don't allow her to do it. hehe...
    Kristy

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  27. hi lyn, luv seeing pictures of dogs, hope levi is not a grumpy dog LOL! the sutchi ..we have a lot here..frozen ones, think they are the same we call them dory fillets. I will usually pan fry them with some bread crumbs too, thanks for sharing your version of cornmeal and also rice flour!

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  28. Hey, i like your dogs very much....

    Kevin from Malaysia.

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