Fried Lionfish is a tender and delicious meal that can be cooked up in a flash. In this recipe, the Lionfish fillets are coated with flour and fried in butter then steamed in wine with garlic, capers, and tomatoes.
Lionfish have poisonous spines on them, but the fish meat is not poisonous and safe to eat. If you are buying your Lionfish fillets from a store the spines and skin will already be removed, but if you catch your Lionfish you will need to clean and fillet it.
Tasty Trouble ~ Fried Lionfish Recipe
- 2 fillets lionfish patted dry
- ½ cup flour as needed for coating
- 4 tbsp butter as needed for cooking
- 1 cloves garlic diced
- ½ cups tomatoes chopped
- 1 tsp capers
- ¼ cup white wine
- 1 tbsp lemon juice fresh squeezed
- 1 tbsp fresh basil chopped
- parsley or kale for garnish
- lemon wedge for garnish
- Dredge fillets in flour to lightly dust. Place in sauté pan with a small amount of hot butter over medium heat. Cook the first side, being careful not to burn.
- Turn over fish when golden, and reduce heat while adding garlic, tomatoes, capers, white wine, and lemon juice. Cover to hold steam in and cook until fish is fork tender.
- Add basil and serve immediately. Garnish with a sprig of parsley or kale and a lemon wedge.
More than 50% of the world’s venomous vertebrates are fish. The family Scorpaenidae includes the most venomous fish in the ocean, next to the stingray. Lionfish produce heat-labile, nondialyzable venom that can differ in potency but are very similar in composition.
Hot water immersion therapy is considered the gold standard for treatment when stung by venomous fish due to their heat-labile venoms. Patients should soak the affected limb in hot water (107 to 113 F or as close to 107 F as tolerated) for 30 to 90 minutes, or until removal from hot water no longer results in recurrence of pain.
Ciguatera Fish Poisoning
Ciguatera fish poisoning is a rare disorder that occurs because a person consumed contaminated tropical and subtropical fish. When ingested, the toxin (ciguatoxin) may affect the digestive, muscular, and/or neurological systems.
More than 400 different species of fish have been identified as a cause of ciguatera fish poisoning, including many that are considered edible These fish typically inhabit low-lying shore areas or coral reefs in tropical or subtropical areas.
The game fish most commonly associated with ciguatera fish poisoning include sea bass, perch, barracuda, grouper, snapper, jacks, mackerel, and triggerfish. In general, the larger the fish, the greater the potential for poisoning.