Dining on seafood when you’re aboard your boat just seems a no-brainer . . . unless you come from a family of non-fishermen in the Midwest. I had only had truly good fish and seafood a handful of times in my life. Some of my first attempts at cooking it were pretty bad . . . but Dave couldn’t complain as he was having similar problems learning to clean it!
A local fisherman — Manuel (at left in the photo) — took pity on us. At first, he filleted the fish he sold us. Then Dave asked him to demonstrate. Then Dave tried one . . . thankfully, Manuel gave him the “junk fish” to try first. But Dave turned the next fish into recognizable fillets.
Then we moved on to clams, shrimp, scallops and even lobster. Other cruisers taught us and pretty soon, we were catching our own fish and preparing great meals. When I’m cooking with the grandkids and tell them to be sure NOT to do something, they often ask how I know . . . well, I’ve made a lot of mistakes! Hopefully you won’t have to with these articles and recipes: