Tuesday, February 4, 2014

2014 Florida Trip – A Little Crappie Cookout

Sometimes it’s really funny how things work out in life.  Our friends, Ron and Nancy, provide us with all of the cleaned and frozen crappie that we can eat by fishing at home on Tellico Lake and here on Lake Okeechobee during the winter.

Probably our favorite way to eat crappie is lightly floured, pan fried and served with lemon butter, caper, sauce and we’d been discussing having them over to try it since about mid-summer.  We never got around to it until this meal here in south Florida – bear in mind they live about ½ mile from us at home and we had to come 725 miles to finally make it happen.

We used our normal sauce recipe but will amend it to use 1 T of capers for next time to get this:

 Lemon Butter Caper Sauce
1 T capers, drained and rough chop
4 tablespoons butter
1 small clove garlic, finely minced
2 tablespoons lemon juice (1 1/2 T)
1 teaspoon lemon zest

I made double this recipe for the five of us.

We cooked the fish in our outdoor kitchen and served it on a bed of orzo and this is my plate.

It was a hit with everyone and Nancy even asked for the recipe.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


1/23/14 meal date


  1. Well, at least you can say you got around to it. I make those same kinds of plans. This is our favorite way to eat fish too. I can see why it was a hit.

  2. Better late than never, right? :) A simple and perfect way to enjoy any kind of fish!!!

  3. Funny it takes travel away from home to get together. Sounds about right! Great simple crappie recipe - and it looks delish!

  4. Sure hope Jim can get out and do some fishing this month so we can have us a fish grill. Sure looks good.

  5. Yum... That sauce would be good on most any fish... Thanks for the recipe.

    I have a feeling that you and Bev will end up going back there most every winter --and maybe even staying longer.

    Foggy morning here on the Cumberland Plateau. Have a wonderful day.

  6. It's always interesting how things work out in life.

  7. Larry, This is our favorite way to eat crappie, bass, northern pike and walleye! Pan fried with a nice sauce...can't be beat. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  8. Great photo! We love lemon caper sauce.

  9. Have to say it again, love the header!!! Have you entered it in a photo contest? This must prove the theory, "you never visit the things close to home!" The fish sounds great, delicious! Our grill is buried under all the snow, we've had 50" so far with more today, tomorrow and Friday. Have fun in the sun down your way!

  10. Well, at least you finally got it accomplished :) I love crappies but haven't had them in ages. Ever since my parents sold their northern Wisconsin retreat. Perfect way to serve them!

  11. Sounds great Larry. Hope you are warm down there in South Florida. We are freezing up here in DC. Don't know what possessed us to vacation in Washington in the middle of winter when we could be in sunny Florida. But we are having fun.

  12. That's pretty funny that you live so close but had to go so far away to finally have dinner together. The crappie looks perfectly prepared and delicious.

  13. life is funny that way.....What's important is that you finally enjoyed this meal together. This is a beautiful dish.


  14. Never had crappie, so I think I'd have to travel more than 700 miles to try it. Looks delicious Larry.


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