Mushy crappies when cooked

4/25/18 @ 5:01 PM
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Rizzo22
Rizzo22
USER since 1/23/04

When I cook my crappies ,which I only keep from spring time fishing ,they turn out mushy.What I am I doing wrong.Any ideas out there?

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5/3/18 @ 10:05 AM
Prop
Prop
USER since 4/9/03
I rinse every fillet under the faucet and then let sit in water in the fridge. If I freeze them I use the water that they have been soaking in.  I have never used salt water on any type of fish. Never had a problem with mushy filets. 

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5/2/18 @ 7:50 AM
SkiLLz4GiLLz
SkiLLz4GiLLz
USER since 2/4/09

I soak all my fillets in salt water in refrigerator overnight. No matter the species,never have problem with mushy or fishy fillets...

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5/2/18 @ 6:28 AM
Thump55
Thump55
USER since 7/19/04

Not sure what you are using for breading, but if you add some Zatarains fish breading to your mix, it really firms up your breading and helps keep the pieces together.

Not really a cure for mushy meat, but I know crappie fillets tend to break apart easily. This stuff helps hold them together. Experiment with how much as it can get too "crispy" if you use too much.

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5/1/18 @ 1:03 PM
Badwolf
Badwolf
USER since 6/13/07

btw, keeping the fish on ice for a little while works well for rock bass too. 

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4/28/18 @ 9:27 AM
shadling1
shadling1
USER since 1/17/12
I also keep some crappies throughout open water season. Live well then directly on ice as soon as I'm off the water. Works fine for me. I always pan fry in olive oil too. Never had issues.

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4/27/18 @ 10:01 AM
Badwolf
Badwolf
USER since 6/13/07

I keep lots of crappie, mostly caught late July - mid Sept and have never had a problem.  HOWEVER, once I take them off the hook they go into a cooler full of ice and since I night fish (hard to fillet in the dark) I keep them there overnight.  Never had a soft one. 


Oh, when I get home; after the dogs get their sniff, I cover them in more ice.

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4/26/18 @ 9:36 PM
svitreum
svitreum
USER since 8/29/06

Or just keep gills. Just sayin.

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4/26/18 @ 8:29 PM
Plmlk
Plmlk
MEMBER since 12/18/07

I agree with what others have said, one other thing that helps firm them up in the fridge overnight is to put a layer of ice on top of the salt water.  It really helps.  

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4/26/18 @ 5:20 PM
icebelt
icebelt
USER since 10/22/13

What else is expected there crappies. If you have to soak them in maiden oil they can't be that good.

Edited on 4/26/18 5:21 PM
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4/26/18 @ 4:33 PM
Rizzo22
Rizzo22
USER since 1/23/04

Awesome,thanks for the tips.

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