Eelpout-Poor Man’s Lobster

By Paul A. Smith of the Journal Sentinel


Eelpout is a fish known by many names. To those who have eaten the fish, however, there is only one description: delicious.

The fish, related to cod and haddock, is also known as “poor man’s lobster.”

Here’s a simple recipe for eelpout (burbot) that results in fine dining.


Ingredients: One liter of Sprite or 7-Up soda (not diet); eelpout; melted butter.


  1. Fillet the fish, focusing on getting two long, bone-free sections of backstrap.
  2. Remove the skin from the muscle.
  3. Cut each fillet into 1- to 2-inch cubes.
  4. Boil a liter of Sprite or 7-Up.
  5. Drop eelpout cubes into boiling soda.
  6. Remove cubes when they float and turn white, about 2 or 3 minutes.
  7. Dip pieces of cooked fish in melted butter.
  8. Enjoy a native bounty.

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