Baked Elf / Shad / Bluefish

This species is considered to be a sport fishing fish as they are so aggressive.

The Elf/Shad/Bluefish season is short and they spoil very quickly, so you have to get them fresh and eat them right away – limit your catch don’t catch your limit. This species is considered to be a sport fishing fish as they are so aggressive. This species is also excellent, grilled, smoked and braid and for this preparation of Elf / Shad or Bluefish I have baked it in foil with lemon (it’s important as it cuts the fattiness of the fish), butter, Roberston’s fish spice and a little white wine.

Ingredients:

  • Elf / Shad / Bluefish fillet
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Slices of fresh lemon
  • 3 x teaspoons butter
  • Robertson’s fish spice
  • 3 x tablespoons dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees
  2. Place fillets skin-side down in foil in a roasting pan
  3. Add salt, pepper, Robertson fish spice, lemon slices, butter, lay a layer of thin lemon slices on the top of the fillets once spiced, also arrange butter along the top of the fillet.
  4. Add white wine and lemon juice, seal the foil around the fish in that the liquid does not run out.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minute until the fish is cooked through and is opaque
  6. Lift the fillet from the foil, place on a serving dish and pour the cooking liquid over the fish to serve.
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