Fish of the month: Sheepshead
Florida is known for its abundance of seafood, and one species that is often overlooked is the sheepshead fish. This fish, also known as the "convict fish" due to its distinctive black and white striped markings, is found in the coastal waters of the state and is a popular catch for both recreational and commercial fishermen. But what many people may not know is that sheepshead is also a delicious and versatile fish to eat.
Sheepshead is a firm-fleshed fish with a mild, sweet flavor that is similar to that of a white fish such as cod or flounder. It is a great option for those who are not fond of the stronger flavors of other fish such as salmon or tuna. It can be prepared in a variety of ways, from grilling to frying to baking, and is a great fish to use in a wide range of recipes.
One of the most popular ways to prepare sheepshead is to fry it. The fish is first coated in a mixture of flour, cornmeal, and seasonings, and then deep-fried until crispy and golden. This method produces a delicious, moist fish with a crispy crust that is perfect for sandwiches or as a side dish. Here is one way that we love to prepare it.
Blackened Sheepshead With Basil-Lime Cream Sauce
A recipe for Florida-caught sheepshead whitefish, blackened with LOADS of seasoning, and drizzled with a homemade basil-lime cream.