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?
Mushy crappies when cooked
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.
I have found that crappies are more susceptible to low heat when deep frying. That also contributes to mushiness. Too many filets in the batch drop the temp,or simply not starting with hot enough grease.
Try hotter oil and smaller batches...BESIDES keeping freshly caught fish as fresh as possible.
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.