The Edible Kingdom: Edibles with Gills

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Continuing with my journey through the Edible Kingdom, we have already looked at 2-legged and 4-legged edibles. Today we look at Edibles with Gills. I did not want to put all “seafood” together, because I find so many “fruits of the sea” delicious, so I further broke it down to edibles with gills. Now, I’m no taxonomist (not to be confused with taxidermist), but I was trying to make this category for mostly fishes and swimming sea creatures.

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Starting our list, which is in no particular order, I was introduced to it when we ate at Volt earlier this year: Skate.

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What? like an ice skate? no, a skate – its a single wing fish that kind of looks like a stingray. By no means is a skate a “pretty” fish – it’s actually kind of gross looking in its whole form, but boy does it taste good! I was not flaky like cod, it had a little more texture to it, like swordfish, but way more tender. It doesn’t have the short muscle fibers like bass or halibut that contributes to its flaky-butteriness, it has longer muscle strands that make it a bit leaner, but not nearly as much as a swordfish steak. If you have the chance, and you like shark or swordfish, order the skate, you won’t be disappointed.

Taco dinner!

While in San Diego this year, I had the opportunity to try many fish tacos. I was told by a coworker that “san diego is to fish tacos like crab cakes are to baltimore” – and he was right. it was so ubiquitous I actually just ended up asking the concierge at my hotel and some locals where to get some quintessential san diego fish tacos. everyone answered the same place: South Beach Bar and Grille. I was told the shark tacos are the best thing in san diego. Now, I’m not sure what kind of shark it was, but it tasted delicious. I got two different kinds of shark meat in my tacos, and they were so good. similar to the skate, there are longer muscle fibers but still so tender. I thought the shark meat was way more tender than swordfish, but had a little more bite than the skate. It was a great meat to put in a taco. I made some friends at the bar who found this place through locals’ recommendations – so at least I knew this appeared to be a legit place for tacos.

NYC 2010

This had to be on this list because it is a delicious, flaky, fatty whitefish that just about everyone has tried at some point.

monkfish

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This former “poor mans” fish used to be caught in the fisherman nets and eaten by the fisherman’s family because no one wanted to buy such an ugly looking fish. Well now the monkfish has reached gourmet status – you can find it in all the top restaurants. its gnarled filets do not really have ideal “curb appeal”, but once it is cooked up – I can’t help but clean my plate.

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