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