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Reading up on bouillabaisse led me to sea robins—which look like great fish—and here. Firm-fleshed fish which kind of approximate shellfish texture are very appealing and offer flexibility in cooking (think stews, grilling) not available with very soft-fleshed species with filets that fly apart much too easily. Another "trash" fish, the freshwater drum (Aplodinotus grunniens), gets little love but sports clean, firm flesh that holds together nicely. Big, old specimens tend to have heavily developed connective tissue, but younger, smaller fish under three pounds or so are very worthy on the table. A two pounder recently formed the basis here for a landlocked version of zuppa di pesce.
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May 26, 2011