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#6229162 - 03/19/16 10:08 AM Cleaned, Cooked and Ate a Needlenose Gar
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I killed a nice needlenose last weekend and decided to carry it home and try it out. Cleaning it was a pain but straightforward. Using tinsnips, I cut the "shell/exoskeleton" along the spine from the head to the tail. Once it was split, I simply skinned the shell free from the fish and filleted the meat off the spine and ribs EXACTLY like you would the backstrap from a deer.

Like I've heard from others, the meat was white, clean and free of bad smells or textures. As far as preparation, I found a salt brine recipe online and brined the meat for a couple of hours in the fridge. Looking back, I could probably have skipped this step because it did make the meat a bit saltier than I really wanted. After brining, I washed, dried, cut into 2" long chunks, breaded and fried the meat just like any other fish.

The consistency is a little chewy, more like a beef steak than the flaky meat you normally associate with fish, but it didn't take away from the edibility. The short of it is that it made a pretty good meal and I will most likely do it again.

If you've never tried it, you are missing out on some pretty decent table-fare.





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#6229209 - 03/19/16 10:57 AM Re: Cleaned, Cooked and Ate a Needlenose Gar [Re: Misfire]
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I had it while I was growing up. It was fine.
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#6229357 - 03/19/16 01:52 PM Re: Cleaned, Cooked and Ate a Needlenose Gar [Re: Misfire]
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Good job! I really like it off the pit. up

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#6229393 - 03/19/16 02:49 PM Re: Cleaned, Cooked and Ate a Needlenose Gar [Re: Misfire]
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They are definitely edible but there is much better eating fish to be had. It's not a flakey fish and tends to have a mushy texture.
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#6229395 - 03/19/16 02:50 PM Re: Cleaned, Cooked and Ate a Needlenose Gar [Re: Misfire]
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Sounds as if might do well on a smoker.
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#6229413 - 03/19/16 03:08 PM Re: Cleaned, Cooked and Ate a Needlenose Gar [Re: Misfire]
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It does better on the grill, like shark and tuna steaks. up
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#6229819 - 03/19/16 09:47 PM Re: Cleaned, Cooked and Ate a Needlenose Gar [Re: skinnerback]
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Originally Posted By: skinnerback
It does better on the grill, like shark and tuna steaks. up

cheers
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#6229902 - 03/19/16 10:56 PM Re: Cleaned, Cooked and Ate a Needlenose Gar [Re: SnakeWrangler]
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Originally Posted By: SnakeWrangler
Originally Posted By: skinnerback
It does better on the grill, like shark and tuna steaks. up

cheers


I should have also said pan seared. I seared a big black fin tuna steak in the skillet last night with a big pile of seasoned rice on the side, filled in the cracks with some BB Buttered Pecan Ice Cream and slept like I had been drugged. I am almost out of tuna steaks, gonna be a while before I get some more. frown Have one more bag of yellow fin steaks food
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