Friday, December 31, 2010

Lusciously Loathsome Lionfish

Editor's note -- The Gazette wraps up 2010 by acknowledging Florida's worst disaster of the year -- the Lionfish invasion.  In fact, the NOAA Ocean Service Education website describes them as graceful and beautiful as a butterfly but as ferocious as the most dangerous predator as it delivers a painful sting with its venomous spines. In an effort to rid coastal waters from this odious sea creature ...

Reuters – A lionfish is pictured in the waters near Miami Florida
MIAMI (Reuters) – Florida marine conservationists have come up with a simple recipe for fighting the invading lionfish that is gobbling up local reef life -- eat them.

"It's absolutely good eating -- a delicacy. It's delicately flavored white meat, very buttery," Lad Akins, director of special projects for Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), told Reuters. He authored the cookbook along with a professional chef, Tricia Ferguson.

 k. a. gardner 

"Eat'em" strategem for lionfish invasion in  - Yahoo! News  -- "The Caribbean's New Delicacy" Cookbook!

Editor's note -- The Gazette wishes all (except Lionfish) an auspicious 2011!


 Please peruse these lionfish recipes at your leisure!

Pineapple Lionfish Kabob
Skewer Lionfish filets with pineapple, onion, bell pepper, tomato wedges, and shrimp. Rub a mixture of honey and teriyaki on the skewer as it is over the grill.



  1. They're pretty, but they seem to be invaders. One should learn not to go where they're not wanted. It took me a while to learn that, but by this point I have learned it well.

  2. We don't eat them alive, Rose. Try the Hot Lionfish Poppers. They're delicious with marinara sauce.

  3. What--not alive? Say it isn't so! I only eat extreme sushi!

  4. If you would just take a moment to peruse the Lionfish recipes I have so thoughtfully provided, you would know that there is such a thing as Lionfish sushi. I don't think it takes much away from the recipe to add bones, scales and eyeballs!

    Place sticky rice on seaweed wrap. Place raw lionfish filet, thin long sliced carrots, cucumber, raw turnip and fresh basil leaf. Roll tight and serve with soy sauce and wasabi.

  5. Let's see, I'll take the carrots, cucumber, turnip, basil leaf, soy sauce and wasabi. Sushi is not actually my thing! However, I will try some of the Lionfish Poppers!

  6. Here you are my dear. I've just killed a fresh batch of Lionfish Poppers. Bon appetit!

  7. Any recipes for cane toad? Some idiot brought one (well, must have been two) into Queensland (northern Australia) and they've multiplied and multiplied and are displacing indigenous fauna at a rate of knots that's scary.

    I read somewhere that their skin makes great leather so maybe the answer is to launch a new industry in Queensland.

    Nah, even cane toads gotta right to live (but only if they let live).

    masterymistery at cosmic rapture

  8. It has been said they are like chicken except with a drier taste. To give a roast cane toad a Tex-Mex twist, rub the toad with cumin and oregano, stuff it with lime and cilantro and serve with an easy-to-make black bean salsa.


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