Fresh Catch

November 29, 2012 · 2 comments

in atlanta, cooking at Home, misc food, out of town dining

I definitely wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) be called a fisherman by anyone I know. But a few months ago I went on a trip to Alaska with buddies and caught a hell of a lot of fish, and we returned to the lower forty-eight with our fair share. At first I was eating fish all the time, but shortly thereafter my consumption slowed greatly. Fresh fish is fantastic, but I quickly craved a greater variety of protein.

It’s funny because the industry folks we met in Alaska – the boat captains, the fish cleaners – obviously felt the same way. They all spoke lustfully of steaks and burgers and any other animal that doesn’t have gills. I can certainly see how that could happen, being surrounded by it every day.

And I agree – nothing beats variety. Since settling back into my normal eating routine, I do greatly enjoy dipping into the fish pile we accumulated. It’s so satisfying, putting together a meal with the memory of its origination. The fish we caught were immediately fileted and flash frozen, transferred to a deep freeze in Atlanta, by way of Delta checked baggage. It couldn’t be fresher, save for the evening meals after our hunt. The other day I pulled a salmon filet out, and I looked at the skin and I could remember that exact fish and the memory of that day on the Kenai River.

I dropped it directly into my sous vide cooker, seared it off with a few herbs and spices, and had the most satisfying lunch. So again, I’m not a fisherman, or a hunter, but an experience like this provides great appeal for future excursions.

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  • Helen Harrand

    If you like cured fish, you might want to make some gravlax with a fillet or two. during the summer when could find good wild salmon, I made it quite often. We love the stuff. I used the basic technique from the website.

  • Thanks! This has been something I want to try.

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