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Fish of the Month: Exploring the Delicacies of Sheepshead Fish in Florida

Posted by : Sean Azbill / On : Jan 31, 2023

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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.

 Click here for the full recipe!


Sheepshead is also a great fish to bake. It can be seasoned with herbs and lemon, wrapped in foil and baked in the oven. This method helps to retain the moisture of the fish and it can be served with a variety of side dishes.

Another great way to enjoy sheepshead is by smoking it. This can be done on a traditional smoker or even on a gas grill with a smoker box. The fish is first marinated in a mixture of herbs and spices, and then slowly smoked for several hours. The result is a delicious smoky and flavorful fish that is perfect for serving as an appetizer or as part of a main course.

Overall, sheepshead is a delicious and versatile fish that is often overlooked in the seafood world. It is a great option for those looking for a milder-flavored fish, and it can be prepared in a variety of ways to suit any taste. Next time you're in Florida, be sure to give sheepshead a try and discover the deliciousness for yourself!

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