Fried Okeechobee Crappie w/ Canned Green Beans, Fried Potatoes, and…

April 10, 2014 at 5:12 PM | Posted in Crappie, greenbeans, potatoes, Zatarain's | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Fried Okeechobee Crappie w/ Canned Green Beans, Fried Potatoes, and Corn Bread



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I think Spring may have a foot hold on our weather finally! The Winter that wouldn’t go away has finally did just that, go away. Windy but sunny all day and about 70 degrees, My Mom’s Easter Flowers are up and getting ready to bloom, our neighbors are already in bloom. More rain coming, deal with that when it happens. Got the 4 wheel mobility cart out for a while today. It’s still running good and I think I’ve had now for 5 or 6 years now. My Mom’s cousin and her husband stopped by and brought me 10 big and beautiful bags of Okeechobee Crappie, or Specks as they call them in Florida! I love all Fish and Seafood but these have to be my favorite. So for dinner tonight it’s Fried Okeechobee Crappie w/ Canned Green Beans, Fried Potatoes, and Corn Bread. A Country Style Dinner Feast!




Ready for the skillet!

Ready for the skillet!

They brought them straight up from Florida sealed and frozen. I laid 2 bags out in the fridge overnight to thaw. I rinsed the fillets off in cold water and patted dry with a paper towel. I then seasoned them a bit of Sea Salt and then rolled them in Zatarain’s Crispy Southern Fish Fri Breading Mix. Pan fried them in Canola Oil about 3 minutes per side. As usual this year’s batch of Crappie is just as good as previous years. They came out Golden Brown and delicious! I could just eat these fillets for dinner, or any meal, with no sides needed!



For one side I peeled and sliced some Red potatoes up. Seasoned with Morton’s Salt Substitute and ground Black Pepper. Fried them in a Cast Iron Skillet in Canola Oil, fried on medium high and turned with a spatula several times until both sides started browning. I rarely fix Potatoes like this, but I should. The Potatoes come out so delicious prepared this way. Then for another side I heated up a Mason Jar of the canned Green Beans that we had canned back last Summer. They taste as if they were just picked from the garden. I also had a slice of Klosterman Wheat Bread but Mom and Dad wanted some Cornbread so I prepared them a small Cast Iron Skillet of Martha White Cornbread. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Double Chocolate Pudding topped With a dab of Cool Whip Free.






Lake Okeechobee Crappie Fishing

The Florida Crappie fishing, speckled perch or speck’ as they are called throughout the State of Florida is the most sort after pan fish on Lake Okeechobee. Although the Florida crappie can be caught during the summer months, they really are at their best from late fall to early spring.

Go Lake Okeechobee freshwater fishing with your family and friends together for an affordable day of Florida crappie fishing on Lake Okeechobee. Lake Okeechobee comprises a 730-square-mile area and is the second-largest natural lake in the U.S., holding more than a trillion gallons of water.

Most fishing takes place along the southeastern, west and north portions of the lake within a mile of the shoreline. Look for hyacinths, hydrilla and other water plants where big bass ambush shiners, bluegills and other scaled groceries. They also pounce on frogs, crickets, worms, grasshoppers and pretty much any fish smaller than itself. Plastic imitations of those baits work well.

You know the deal black crappies speckled perch to most Floridians are about as smart as a dead bird, but fortunately they are a lot more abundant. Stick a minnow in their face, set the hook and start heating up the frying-pan as we say here on Okeechobee.




Zatarain's Crispy Southern

Zatarain’s Crispy Southern Fish Fri

The secret of authentic Southern style fried fish is the crispy combination of cornmeal, corn flour, spices and lemon juice captured in this special Zatarain’s Frying Mix.

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories: 60

Calories from Fat: 0

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 630mg 26%

Total Carb: 12g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 0 0%

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 1g

Vitamin A: 2%

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