Discussion in 'Fish' started by harleysmoker, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. harleysmoker

    harleysmoker Smoking Fanatic

    I noticed there are many guys from Florida here so I wanted to ask if anyone has smoked Mullet? I have heard some say its good, some say no way Id eat that.

    Is it a real strong fish taste? My buddy uses a cast net and sells them this time of year. They smell strong alive just wondered after they was cleaned and smoked if they still were strong.
  2. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I can't offer you any advice on the fish, other than when I've used it for bait it does have a very strong smell. I'm just glad this isn't a thread on hair care.
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I've seen a lot of smoked mullet, but never could eat one. If you do let us know how they taste.
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I have caught mullet and tried smoked mullet and even smoked mullet but I don't care for mullet or in that fact no other gray colored fish. Bluefish, Kingfish, mullet, and Spanish mackeral to me they are just greasy an oily. Their a fishy fish to me. Now living as close to the ocean as I do I have many choices so I get what I want and like. 
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2012
  5. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Mullet it is a great fish you can grill it over fire  you can brine it and cold smoke it i think it is a great fish
  6. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Personally I don't eat fish but I know a lot of people who eat smoked mullet and can remember when about every retail seafood place sold smoked mullet
  7. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    We get the sea run mullet in May onwards, grilled but get all the black lining & blood out of them. Not that impressed myself.[​IMG]  I get the roe & make bottarga,beats other fish roe by a mile. There was  a New Zealand maori guy who lived near my weekender who smoked lots of it ,he got it cheap.He called his business cuzzi-bro  smoked mullet. Combination of cousin & brother ,its a maori thing. He would drive up to Sydney& sell it to maori community here. He made so much $$$ he moved back to the old country & retired . Every time I mention smoked fish to my maori friends I get" That mullet that cuzzi-bro used to do...."Apparently he would sell it off the truck at the big construction sites on pay day & go to the bars where all the riggers ,steel fixers & scaffolders drank.I was told his real name but everybody just called him cuzzi-bro from the South Coast. I think he flew under the taxation/fish marketing authority radar. So cuzzi-bro wasnt giving much of a trail to follow bit like going to Dublin & asking for a guy named Paddy[​IMG]

    There must be a way to do it. Let me ask the cuzzi-bro's I know.
  8. I have been smoking and enjoying mullet for many years. A lot depends on what part of the world your are in. Over in Louisiana, where the river and bay bottoms are muddy, they are not so tasty. Here in Northwest Florida, where we have clean, white sand the mullet are great to eat. I fry them, a great treat, but my favorite is to take fresh caught, netted as they are difficult to catch on a hook, gut and scale the usual size, ( about 12 inches), brine overnight and smoke over pecan, white oak, mesquite or hickory. Tasty!

    Maybe I will throw my cast net tomorrow and get a few. Weather forecast is sunny and low 70's.[​IMG]

  9. yes true i am from new zealand and we have always eaten smoked mullet  even as kids, it is a oily fish so it lends itself well to smoking as the oilier the fish the more smokey the flavor,but i can confirm when it is well smoked it is at the top of my list as far as quality goes great for smoked fish rolls and fish pies  
  10. I lived in Naples for awhile and a friend of mine and his dad just used Everglades season then smoked it that was the only way I had seen it done but it was good. Diners Drive ins and Dives just did a show in fl. not long ago and found a place that has been smoking it for 2 or 3 generations maybe you can find it on there it look great there good luck

  11. I've been catching mullet with a cast net since my uncle taught me how to cast a net at the age of 13. From Key Largo to Marco Island, I've caught thousands of mullet over the years, but my father has always been the one who has smoked them, not me, so I can't really tell you how they were smoked. I will tell you, however, that between my father, brother and myself, we've eaten a lot of smoked mullet and we like it. Thank you for bringing this up because this is one of those recipes/processes that I hadn't yet asked my father about. I've been putting together a family recipe book for years and this is one that has eluded me.
  12. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The sea mullet run will start about April here. Fisherman & sharks in hot pursuit.If between you all a method comes up let me know.Its incredibly cheap in season.I will be buying the roe anyway so I  might as well try the fish.
  13. Excited to be a new member of this family!

    Smoked Mullett is absolutely awesome! Second behind raw salmon on my list of favorite things!!

    Scale and butterfly from the back, leaving the belly skin and fat layer intact.

    Clean out all the guts and cut off the head at the gills

    Soak in a saltwater brine for at least 1 hour (I frequently soak overnight in the fridge).

    Rinse, Dry and smoke with HICKORY (DON'T ADD ANY SPICES) at 220 deg for 3 hours.

    Eat with white rice, diced tomatoes and soy sauce!

    Last edited: Apr 2, 2012
  14. larrym

    larrym Meat Mopper

    not sure about mullet but being from Maine originially,, a similiar oily fish we smoked all the time is mackeral.  It definitely does retain a lot of fishy taste but smokes wonderfully.  I was eating smoked mackeral taco's as a kid before anyone in California ever came up with fish taco's.  It does depend on your taste but there is great flavor there,, just have to be gentle with it.
  15. MMMmmmmmmm Mullet!


    And the Bottom Line........

  16. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I was at market trying to buy mullet roe,mullet run just starting. Roe $20 a kg mullet roe in $6kg  WTF. So I  bought the fish watched like a hawk while they cleaned them & still didnt get all the roe sacks unsplit.

    Anyway now I have a bunch of mullet fillets that I am going to smoke.The fish I would normally smoke to much $.Brine is beer ,salt,water,,2x chopped limes,Yoshida's,garlic,ginger brown sugar.I will brine it for 3 hours smoke it tomorrow.Fish roe will go under salt now for the week long process to turn it into bottarga.

    [​IMG]think I will try to use the split sacks in some sort of pasta dish. 
  17. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Kept 1 bit aside had it grilled for lunch,pretty good. The dark meat under skin not so good but easy to discard. Back in the day here fisherman would spot them in big schools from rickety towers they built on headlands.Then launch off the beach run a net around them & drag them up onto sand. 

    People here think of them as a river fish that tastes muddy but once they are out  at sea running up the coast to spawn they clean right up.

    They always have a lot of predators in hot pursuit ,insert theme from Jaws here, not just fisherman.
  18. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I have found there are 2 types of mullett. The ones you catch with a hook and the ones you catch with a net. The net caught mullet need more cleaning. Hook caught mullet smoke up very well! IMHO. Don't knock it till you try it!

  19. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I think you can catch them on bread.There is a tidal canal 50 m from my house with mullet well over 1 kg wouldn't eat them water to polluted. There are a bunch of species particularly up north in our tropics that grow way bigger.

    They were a bit of a driftwood BBQ grill fish here by fisherman that knew how to clean them. They do make great bait for all sorts of fish,crabpots,lobster pots you name it.
  20. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Moikel i this is a beautiful roe last year i did salata de icre (like taramasalata just a Romanian way ) and it was heavenly .

    next time i well try to do bottarga. thanks for this one.

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