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what to do with fish heads | Category: Fishing Talk

markt 10 years ago

I was wondering what you guys normally do with all your fish heads.
I know lots of people just throw them away and only keep the fillets.

But I always feel rather sorry to throw them away and either grill them or make fish stock out of them. The cheek meat is the best tasting meat for me and fish stock is full with omega 3.

Only problem - it's quite a bit of extra work to process the fish heads as well.

Anyway I just watched a pretty good and funny youtube video on that topic.
Thought I'd share it here

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If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.
Nanna Pearl 10 years ago

cool, thanks for sharing

Korexican 10 years ago

crab bait or chum. Fish heads with some chicken necks in a crab pot

Rex Ursus 9 years ago

Crab bait. Shrimp bait. Prawn bait. And thaw them out so the kids can feed the seals.

val 9 years ago

fish head tamarind soup

markt 9 years ago

sounds good - got a recipe for that?

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.
val 9 years ago

fish head 2-3 pcs. (about a kilo)
tamarind broth or powder (about 20grams)
tomato - 3 pcs (cut in quarters)
onion - 2 pcs (cut in quarters)
string bean - 1/4 kilo
green long pepper - 2 pcs
a bit of salt - for taste

boil tomato and onion and add a bit of salt for two to three minutes
then put the fish head until cooked (about 5 mins)
then the veggies - you can add more veggies if you want (like radish, chinese cabbage)

i'm not a good cook but i always make this recipe after fishing

markt 9 years ago

thanks mate.
I never cooked with tamarind before - will give it a try.
Will check my local indian supermarket for the powder.
Always keen on new tastes

My main problem with fish heads in a soup are the scales.
I find it really difficult to get all scales of snapper heads and once they end up in the soup, its not nice to eat anymore.

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.
val 9 years ago

try to unscale the whole fish first with a spoon before cutting the head off.

also try this dish.
2-3 fish head
3 ripe tomatoes (don't cut)
5 gms ginger (sliced in thin strips)
2 onions (cut in half)
a pinch of salt
black powdered pepper to taste.

boil the onion, ginger, tomatoes in two cups of water until tomato skin is peeled or about to peel.
put the fish heads, cook for 10 mins or until you think it is already cooked.
add salt and pepper to taste.

itsaboat 9 years ago

Tamarind is like a large bean pod. It has a citric flavour. Any Asian grocer will have it and these days most supermarkets will have it.

It is better to use the semi dried "paste" than the powder. The difference is like fresh ground coffee to instant coffee!

The paste (not really a paste) is the whole pod semi dried. It comes with or without the seeds. It is very sticky.

Simply put the desired amount of paste in a bowl or mug and cover with boiling water. Wait 15 minutes and strain out the pulp. You then have fresh tamarind juice ready for your soup or curry.

To remove scales and bones etc from the stock, line a colander with a clean tea towel or cheese cloth and strain...You will still be able to recover any meaty bits from the heads and add them back to the stock. But the stock itself will be bone and scale free.


itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
Tone 9 years ago

If you want to scale a fish head with ease........use a water blaster! It works mint. Just do it on your lawn, you dont have to be real close, and hold the fish down with your foot. Scales will disappear next time you mow the lawn

CaptainRubberfist 9 years ago

Fish heads are perfect for placing inside the lining of a mates car door panel.

markt 9 years ago

haha - great way to solve the problem

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.
anonymous 9 years ago

Fish heads ,you can crush them up in a mincer , good burley , oil slick from a boat , in a burley bucket .
I have heard some people boil them up , big heads of course , good soup .if your hungry why not .

JCNZ 1 month ago

I dip the head in flour after I've scaled it - any random scales are easily seen and removed.
Great-sounding recipe, btw.

Hillblazer 2 weeks ago

Good Catfish bait.

skankrabbit 2 weeks ago

Clean and gut your fish where you catch them then feed the heads to a hungry pelican, they will be most grateful…!

Jenry 5 days ago

Surprise no one has mentioned giving to soup kitchens or the needy. Don't ever throw away fish head. It can at least be made a meal for someone who needs food.