Eel has a very strong flavor, which is why cooking it may require a tiny bit of skill. This fish is present in both saltwater and freshwater sources, which is why their colors may differ. Popular in many cuisines, especially the Mediterranean ones, eel is a recommended choice for easy to prepare meals, but also for more elaborate dishes. Here are a few ideas that will help you cook eel and enjoy its delicious taste.
To start with an easy to make recipe, we decided to give you the necessary pointers for cooking fried eel the right way. For this one, you will need one pound of eel, one cup of flour, some seafood seasoning, Cajun seasoning, salt, garlic (chopped), onion (chopped), salt, pepper, half a cup of white wine, one cup of oil and two teaspoons of butter.
It is recommended to skin and thoroughly clean the eel before preparing it. For this recipe, it is recommended to cut the eel into large pieces. Grab a bowl and mix there the flour with all the seasonings, the oil, the pepper and the chopped garlic and onion. Place the chunks of eel inside this marinade and let it rest in the fridge for about one hour.
Take each piece of eel and tumble it into flour. Place a pan on your cooktop at medium heat and sear the chunks until they turn a golden brown. This should take about seven minutes. Pour the half of cup of wine and let everything cook until half of the wine evaporates.
Now it is the time to add the two tablespoons of butter. Cook a little more. These directions are for four servings. The fried eel should be served with butter sauce on top.
Baby eels with garlic
For this recipe, you will need ten ounces of baby eels, thoroughly cleaned in advance, two minced garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, half a cup of white wine, chili pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. This is such an easy-to-make recipe that you will find it ideal for many situations.
The initial step is to heat the oil in a pan, then add the garlic and the baby eels. Saute everything until the meat is cooked. After that, pour the wine, and season everything with chili, salt, and pepper. Let everything to simmer. You will know the meat is well done when the meat will become opaque.
You may not think that eel is the type of food you would use for a barbeque, but the truth is that barbecued eel is quite delicious and you should try it at least once. You will need two eels, cut into medium pieces, to have enough servings for a small backyard party. The eels must be thoroughly cleaned in advance, and that is a rule that cannot be stressed enough.
The only other thing you will require is some white wine. Since eel has quite a strong flavor, it does not need a lot of spices to enhance its taste. That is why you can find so many easy to make eel recipes.
Onto the instructions, you must heat the grill on medium temperature to barbecue the chunks of eel. The process is very simple. You just take each piece of eel, and you put it on the grill, letting it cook for a few minutes on each side. Right before taking the chunks of fish meat from the grill, pour wine over them.
That will add that extra taste that you will surely love. The barbecued eel is served right away, and if you want to add something more exotic to this recipe, surround the meat with edible flowers.
Grilled eel the Italian way
Since eel is such a popular dish in the Mediterranean region, it would have been a terrible overlook on our part not to include an Italian recipe. Eel is traditionally served in Italy during the Christmas Eve dinner when other meats are strictly forbidden. Not only eel, but other types of fish meat and seafood are also served during this very elaborate meal.
Italians prefer grilled eel, as its meat is quite oily and there is no need for frying to obtain a delicious dish. For this particular one, you will need two and a half pounds of eel, three cloves of garlic, sea salt, black pepper, two tablespoons of olive oil, one tablespoon of vinegar (obtained from white wine), and bay leaves.
When you prepare eel, you should cut it into 3-inch pieces long and clean them thoroughly. Before grilling, make sure that the eel pieces are completely dry. Here is how you are going to use the garlic. Crush the cloves with a knife, then peel them and cut them in half. This simple procedure will take out the flavor. Rub the eel pieces with the garlic, to add taste.
Use grilling skewers to make some grilled eel. As you put the pieces of eel on the skewers, add half a bay leaf, alternatively. Use salt, pepper, olive oil and vinegar to season the neatly arranged skewers. This marinade should act for about one hour.
When grilling eel, use the grill on medium heat. Like any other fish meat, eel is delicate, and you may risk to burn it quickly. As you grill the skewers, make sure to turn them now and then and to baste them with olive oil. In about half an hour, the grilled eel will be ready to serve. Pair this meal with dry white wine.
Another Italian inspired recipe involving eel, this dish will help you cook a quick dinner that is both delicious and low in calories. Besides spaghetti and eel, you will also need one clove of garlic, Cayenne pepper, and two tablespoons of heavy cream.
First, you will have to cook the spaghetti, as it says on the package. Use a skillet to sauté the eel together with the garlic and the Cayenne pepper. When the meat is cooked through, pour the heavy cream and stir some more.
Drain the spaghetti and place the eel sauce obtained previously on top. There is hardly an easier and quicker way to prepare a light dinner.
Getting kids to eat enough fish for their healthy development can be quite a challenge, which is why you may find this recipe the right way to introduce some healthier snacks in their diet. To make eel nuggets, you will need 8 ounces of smoked eel, 8 ounces of potatoes, two egg yolks, two tablespoons of fresh chives, one tablespoon of mustard and one tablespoon of shallots. You will also need a bit of salt and pepper for seasoning,
The crust is a separate matter, which is why we will tell you the ingredients you need right away. A cup of flour, which also needs to be seasoned with salt and pepper, will make the base. You will also need two eggs, one cup of milk, and two cups of cornflakes.
Make sure the cornflakes are crushed so they can be used for coating. Use canola oil to fry the nuggets. You can use different accompaniments for this dish, such as honey mustard, tartar sauce, or Piri Piri honey.
To prepare the filling for the nuggets, you will have to preheat the oven to 400F. Warm the eel in the oven for a few minutes, then take it out and shred it. Add to the same bowl the potatoes, the mustard, the chives, the chopped shallots and the egg yolks. Add salt and pepper, according to your preferences.
If you notice that this mix is too soft for making nuggets, add some cornflakes to make it firmer. Chill the mix in the fridge, as that will help with binding the ingredients, too.
For the crust, create a small setup. Pour some flour on one plate, use a small bowl for mixing the eggs and the milk, and use another plate for the crushed cornflakes. Tumble the nuggets through each of these, and then fry them in a deep-frying pan.
You can fry the nuggets in small batches, for a maximum of 5 minutes, on medium heat, at 350F. When you take them out, use paper towels to drain the excess of oil.
An exciting part of this recipe is that it can be served with different sauces. If you prefer honey mustard, here is the combination you will have to use. You will need 1/4 of a cup with Dijon mustard, the same quantity of honey, and some chopped dill. You can also add mustard seeds for extra flavor.
The tartar sauce needs half a cup of mayonnaise, and one tablespoon of the following: capers, tarragon, gherkins, and shallot. The mix also needs a bit of sugar, very little Tabasco, and one tablespoon of pickle brine. The Piri Piri honey just calls for some honey and crushed Piri Piri.