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Whats the ideal size kingfish for eating? (grill/pan fry, not smoking)

Old 05-15-2019, 10:50 AM
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Besides being fun to catch, and in unlimited amounts recently, I usually keep 1 or 2 kings even though most people hate them. I usually pan fry or grill them and it seems the smaller the better (whiter meat usually when they're smaller), is this the consensus with most or do you still get gray meat with smaller ones? We caught a few small ones today the the meat looks WAY better than a monster smoker kings we get sometimes
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20 lbs or so. Of course the smaller ones are going to be better than those big old ones
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24"-30" are the best grill and eat for tacos etc.... (whiter meat)

Usually anything that is 30" plus is for fish dip and give away.

Regionally the length to girth ration and meat color may very. Most of our bahamas fish are much "fatter" than our S Fla fish and seem to have a lighter meat color on larger size fish
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I like them barley legal; the smaller the better. Fillet them, remove the skin. Put them in a bag with yellow mustard, salt, pepper, and buttermilk. Let them soak overnight. Next day, put them on some tin foil and butter the tops. Grill them at 300 for 15 minutes. Remove from the grill, throw out the fillets and eat tin foil.
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Pretty much goes for any species but the small-mid size are usually the tastiest.
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Might not be the best fish but I tell ya, after a long day on the water it easy to throw a big chunk in a glass dish with cave dear old bay chefs magic and butter. Broil 12 minutes and enjoy.
I like it that way or smoked. I don’t fry king or Spanish Mack’s.
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Smaller kings (snakes) barely legal to 30" are good blackened or broiled with Tony Chacheres or marinated in Italian dressing for a couple hours. I don't keep smokers, if I need mercury I'll just listen to some old Queen records. ..
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I like them barley legal; the smaller the better. Fillet them, remove the skin. Put them in a bag with yellow mustard, salt, pepper, and buttermilk. Let them soak overnight. Next day, put them on some tin foil and butter the tops. Grill them at 300 for 15 minutes. Remove from the grill, throw out the fillets and eat tin foil.

Now that’s funny!!!
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Originally Posted by popeyeiii View Post
I like them barley legal; the smaller the better. Fillet them, remove the skin. Put them in a bag with yellow mustard, salt, pepper, and buttermilk. Let them soak overnight. Next day, put them on some tin foil and butter the tops. Grill them at 300 for 15 minutes. Remove from the grill, throw out the fillets and eat tin foil.
That's how I cook my duck
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8-12 pounds.
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Old 05-16-2019, 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by taymag View Post
Besides being fun to catch, and in unlimited amounts recently, I usually keep 1 or 2 kings even though most people hate them. I usually pan fry or grill them and it seems the smaller the better (whiter meat usually when they're smaller), is this the consensus with most or do you still get gray meat with smaller ones? We caught a few small ones today the the meat looks WAY better than a monster smoker kings we get sometimes
Not worth it with too much Mercury but smaller ones probably better.
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Snakes...8-10#
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Old 05-16-2019, 09:14 PM
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Like everyone else is saying. Smaller ones in that 8-12 pound range. I always cook it in a thai dish. Usually redid yellow curry with some veggies. Over rice for my wife and I do mine over cauliflower! Awesome fish for stew and whatnot. So India curry, Thai curry...carribean stew recipes. All are good!
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Our pets have never indicated they have any preference
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Old 05-17-2019, 07:29 AM
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We use them to make delicious poke. The bigger the fish, the more poke. Ergo, bigger is better.

I think the reason you all don't like them is you ruin them by cooking. (and if you have to smoke them or marinate them in mustard and milk and beer for a day you do NOT like them...)
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big Spanish IMO, I only mention it because if you are getting Kings you can almost always get some Spanish.

Without then I say 5-12 pounders.

For smoking I still like to stay under 20.
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We use them to make delicious poke. The bigger the fish, the more poke. Ergo, bigger is better.

I think the reason you all don't like them is you ruin them by cooking. (and if you have to smoke them or marinate them in mustard and milk and beer for a day you do NOT like them...)
I think they're better than Jacks but not as good as Cats Since we lost our fish to Green Algae we have to eat something.
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:16 AM
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I like them barley legal; the smaller the better. Fillet them, remove the skin. Put them in a bag with yellow mustard, salt, pepper, and buttermilk. Let them soak overnight. Next day, put them on some tin foil and butter the tops. Grill them at 300 for 15 minutes. Remove from the grill, throw out the fillets and eat tin foil.
lolol I don't know man, small kings are decent in my opinion, maybe its just the mercury poisoning telling me that though lol
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