I spotted this puffer fish washed up on the beach this winter.
Sometimes called blowfish or sea squab, many people refuse to eat them because of their reputation for being poisonous. However, blowfish caught in Carolina waters are generally non-toxic and delicious. According to the web site Examiner.com, puffer fish are perfectly safe to eat once the roe is discarded.
Here is a short video showing how to clean North Carolina puffer fish:
And here is a recipe. As islanders say, "they are good eatin'!!"
20 blowfish strips from 10 fish
½ cup flour
½ cup cornmeal
½ cup milk
Season blowfish with seafood seasoning. Break open egg and mix with milk,
stirring until egg is beaten. Combine flour and cornmeal. Heat olive oil in a
pan, just covering the bottom. Dip blowfish in milk and eggs then roll in flour
and cornmeal. Sauté quickly over medium high heat until fish is golden brown, 7
to 9 minutes. Serves 3.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Capt. Horatio Williams and his schooner, the Paragon. You can read the story here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112115.htm.