Snakehead Fry Recipe for a Crispy Taste

If you’ve ever eaten fried snakehead fish, you’ll agree it’s delicious. The firm, white, scaly meat gives it a great taste and makes it one of the best mouthwatering meals you can ever indulge in. But, suppose you bought snakehead fish from the market, how would you cook it? Fortunately, we’ve outlined this snakehead fry recipe to help you prepare a great meal that will make your visitors yearn for more.

Snakehead Fry Ingredients

Let’s dive in straight! Here are all the necessary ingredients you need in your pot to prepare a delicious snakehead fry fish meal:

  • 1 fresh caught snakehead fish fillet
  • Enough cooking vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of mustard powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 teaspoon of ground onion
  • 1/3 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Salt is needed to add taste
  • 1/2 cup of whole flour
  • 2 eggs

How To Clean and Cut Your Snakehead Fish

Although the snakehead fish is an exotic species, cleaning it is similar to cleaning any other fish. Snakehead fish is slimy, and therefore it is essential to use a hose for washing. With the help of a hose, thoroughly wash and rinse off the fish to remove the extreme sticky dirt and mucus.

Get a well-sharpened fillet knife to get a clean cut of the fillet. Also, a well-sharpened blade lowers the risk of cutting yourself. With the fish placed on a flat surface, carefully cut the snakehead vertically towards the gills and behind its pectoral fin.

Next, make a subsurface cut along its spine all the way to the tail. Direct the knife along the snakehead dorsal fin to help you keep the blade aligned to the spine. Chop down the snakehead’s spine until all ribs join, then work your way all the way to its tail.

Keep in mind that several bone fragments extend towards the snakehead tail. You can cut through the bones and take them out later, or you can decide to cut the flesh above them and neglect the bones. 

Fresh snakehead fish
Fresh snakehead fish

Skinning the Snakehead Fish

A snakehead’s midsection flattens off but stretches almost towards the tail. Work your knife on the upper side of the midsection and separate the snakehead’s skin on the lower side. You should keep the snakehead’s skin fillet hooked up to the base and close to its tail when skinning. Grip the snakehead with its body facing up and its skin on top of the chopping. Work your knife all along to the tail of your snakehead.

Next, pull the bone fragments using narrow needle nose clippers or fish pillars. You can cut out the section containing the bone fragments from the fillet. Carefully repeat the procedure on the opposite side of the snakehead. If you’re fortunate enough to work out a snakehead fish with a big roe sac, take precautions not to destroy it – you can make excellent caviar out of it.

Steps To Cook Your Fry Snakehead Fish

  1. Start by heating the vegetable oil in a large saucepan. Ensure you have enough vegetable oil to fry your snakehead fish thoroughly. 
  2. Let the vegetable oil heat in the saucepan over medium heat.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat your 2 eggs and stir. 
  4. Using a different bowl, mix the whole flour with the other spices.
  5. Now dip your sliced snakehead fillets into the stirred eggs.
  6. Dip the snakehead fillets into the whole flour and spices mixture.
  7. Drop and leave the snakehead fillets inside the boiling oil to fry for 5 minutes. You should make sure that you turn the sides of your snakehead fillets in the saucepan until they turn golden brown.
  8. After your snakehead turns golden brown, remove them from the saucepan.
  9. Place your snakehead on a clean paper towel and allow them to cool for a few minutes.
  10. Your snakehead is ready. Enjoy!

What Temperature Is Ideal for Frying Snakehead

To ensure a better taste for your snakehead fish, you need to regulate your cooking temperature. Once your fillets are inside the cooking bowl, maintain a temperature of about 450 degrees for approximately 20 minutes. You will notice its firm texture after dip frying. As a result, your snakehead will not have the fishy aftertaste.

Pan-fried snakehead fillet
Pan-fried snakehead fillet

Snakehead Cooking Tools

If you want to fry snakehead, there are tools and special cooking equipment you need to have. Ensure that you have a handheld splatter screen and a quality frying pan. A handheld screen will protect you from any burns resulting from the boiling droplets of hot oil inside the frying pan. Also, a handheld screen makes the whole cooking process tidy and excellent. 

Where To Catch Your Snakehead

There are two popularly known snakehead species: bullseye and the northern snakehead species. However, it isn’t easy to find the northern snakehead species. But bullseye snakehead species are more commonly found in South Florida, particularly in freshwater between Margate and Pompano Street. It is because bullseye snakehead has distinctive breathing features that enable them to survive on land for multiple days without dying.

You can easily identify snakehead fish by looking at the body’s shape, toothed jaws, dorsal fins, and anal fins. Bullseye snakeheads usually have red eyes, with their young ones having pale grey to gold-tinted colour. Old snakeheads typically have dark brown eyes. The common distinctive feature of snakeheads is their black spot rimmed by an orange colour near its ocellus. 

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