Three favorite crappie fish recipes

Gumbo Crappie

Have a taste of the south with Gumbo Crappie. You will delight in the taste and understand why the southerners love their gumbo so much. The only thing to keep in mind is that if you want it less spicy, cut down even more on the red pepper.

Crappie filets (1 pound)
Butter (1/4 cup)
Onion chopped (1/2 cup)
Green pepper chopped (small)
Garlic (1 clove)
Celery chopped (1/2 cup)
Can of tomatoes (28 ounces)
Okra (1 pound)
Water (1 cup)
Thyme (1/4 tsp)
Red pepper crushed (1/4 tsp)
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Cooked rice (2 cups)
Tabasco sauce

Saute the butter, celery, garlic, green pepper and onion in a Dutch oven. Add the pepper and salt, red pepper, thyme, water, okra and tomatoes and simmer this for about twenty minutes. Stir this occasionally. Add the filets and cook an additional fifteen minutes. The filets should start to flake. Then the dish is done.

Server over rice and season with Tabasco sauce if desired.

There are many ways to enjoy crappie, but the fish is what makes the dish. There many ways to make a batter for the crappie that are very easy. If you just want a simple batter recipe, you can use:

Batter One

Buttermilk
Egg
Lemon pepper
Cracker crumbs

Beat egg. Mix buttermilk and egg. Season fish with lemon pepper. Crush crackers.
Dip filet in buttermilk mix, then in crackers and deep fry.

Batter Two

Buttermilk
Lemon juice
Cornmeal
Instant potatoes

Mix buttermilk and lemon juice in a bowl and add filets. Place in the refrigerator overnight. Mix potato flakes and cornmeal and adds alt and pepper to taste. Take a filet from the buttermilk, dry and roll in the cornmeal mix.
Fry until golden brown.

If you love fishing and eating your catch you will enjoy these recipes. It is always nice to find a couple of different recipes to mix things up once and awhile. Once you find one that you really like, you will want to share it with everyone. If you need to make more than what the recipe calls for, just double the recipe, but watch out for some of the spicier ingredients.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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