braised northern pike

various dates

Northern pike (aka snook) is a predator fish that lives in the cooler northern hemisphere. Check Disney’s “The sword in the Stone” underwater scene! They are a sought-after sport and food fish. The meat is white and flaky with a prominent fish flavor. If not filleted correctly, the meat can have a lot of bones.

A. braised northern pike

2016-09-07

From the looks of this one, I'd say it was a rubber one.
I later figured out I should have thawed and pan-fried it.

Or maybe I should have used lower heat. See the 2nd recipe for one that did turn out well.

INGREDIENTS

This is what you need for 2 servings:

  • 2 Northern Pike steak, frozen
  • 1 lb. oriental stir fry vegetables
  • 3 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup onion / bell pepper mix
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil / butter
  • S&P, spices
  • ½ package of included soy sauce
Pic1: braised northern pike

Directions

The vegetables:

The fish:

 

Pic2: bacon
Pic3: veggies + water
Pic4: simmer

 

Pic5: still frozen, not a good idea, ...
Pic6: ... or maybe the heat was too high?
Pic7: served

B. northern pike in parsleyed butter sauce

2016-09-05

This is the same cooking method as the Walleye recipe, but because the pieces are considerably thicker, cooking times are somewhat longer.

This frozen fish came out a lot better then the one above, but you can see in Pic8 that the heat was much lower, barely bubbling at all.

Pic8+9: simmer very low

INGREDIENTS

This is what you need for 2 servings:

  • 2 6-oz. pike steaks, frozen
  • ½ stick butter
  • parsley, chopped
  • S&P
  • 1 lime

Directions

  • Melt the butter in a frying pan.
  • Reduce heat to a low simmer.
  • Place the frozen fillets in the pan and simmer for a few minutes. Turn the fish.
  • Add S&P to taste, add dry parsley.
    If fresh parsley, add just before serving
  • Simmer until the fish starts flaking and is white opaque throughout.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy.