Lionfish recipe is a very tasty treat, lionfish is a dense white fish that is not very greasy or fishy, so it can be prepared in a lot of delicious ways.
The lionfish is such a beautiful, majestic animal that, sadly, it has been invading the Caribbean and Americas for decades. For those of us starting out diving in Australia and South East Asia, lionfish are a welcome sight and we are delighted to show divers. Unfortunately, human influence has released them into our U.S. waters, and our task now is to control their numbers for the safety of our reefs.
Whether you buy lionfish from restaurants like Blue Marlin and Cannibal Cafe in the West End or prepare it yourself, here are 5 delicious ways to eat lionfish! Come and learn this delicious lionfish recipe.
Recipe 1. Lionfish Ceviche
Ceviche is a cornerstone of Caribbean cuisine, and for good reason. It’s delicious, easy to prepare, and doesn’t involve cooking!
Marinate the lionfish in lime juice and let it sit for a while while you prepare the other ingredients. Chop onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapeños (or any other peppers) and garlic and mix together. Add lionfish and another healthy dose of lime juice. Voila! Use as a dip for chips or as a side.
Recipe 2. Lionfish wrapped in bacon
Bacon tastes better, right? This age-old theory also applies to lionfish. Cut the lionfish into small schnitzels, wrap in bacon and bake in the oven at 350 degrees until cooked through. These are great appetizers or side dishes. If you’re feeling fancy, use the lionfish bone as a skewer to hold it all together. The heat will neutralize the toxins in the spines, which is also a cool piece of dialogue. Be careful when you hand them, the thorns are as sharp as needles!
Recipe 3. Coconut Lionfish Curry
Since lionfish is a very dense white fish that is not greasy or “fishy”, it is a fantastic fish to use in curries. Try pairing it with a light curry like green or red curry instead of a heavy curry to take advantage of the light flavor of the fish.
If you’re not a big fan of curries, you can also cook some coconut milk with fish sauce, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, red and black pepper, then toss in some lionfish schnitzel at the end and cook for a few minutes. This is amazing with white rice or rice noodles with a dash of lime juice and cilantro.
Recipe 4. Breaded and fried lionfish
I am a firm believer that life is better when breaded and fried. It really makes the world go round. You can marinate the lionfish before breading it, or just use some salt and pepper and bread it with pancakes or coconut flakes and fry it. Garnish with a lemon or tar sauce.
Recipe 5. Lionfish Stir Fry
Take your vegetable stir-fry to the next level with some lionfish. You don’t want to overcook the lionfish, so start frying the veggies before tossing the lionfish in.