Lion Fish
Lion Fish

Lionfish

Pterois volitans

Region of Origin: The South Pacific and Indian Oceans (i.e., the Indo-Pacific region).

Habitat: Lionfish are found in almost all marine habitat types found in warm marine waters of the tropics.

Current Range: Indo-Pacific region, Atlantic Ocean’s Southeastern US coastline, the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.

Life Span: 6 years

People have been dumping lionfish into the Atlantic for 25 years, and these voracious invaders are also abundant in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Since lionfish are not native to Atlantic waters, they have very few predators. They feed on native reef life such as small crustaceans and fish, including important commercial fish species such as snapper and grouper. Divers hunt them, conservation organizations host fishing competitions, and lobster fishermen trap them. But we can all help lessen their impact by eating them! They are delicious. Lionfish have a buttery mild flavor, and most flaky meat that allows these Omega-3 rich fish to be prepared in many exciting ways to please any palate.

Lionfish Recipes

Lionfish Ceviche

Lionfish Ceviche

Recipe by Tricia Ferguson & Lad Akins
Courtesy of Tricia Ferguson &Lad Akins of The Lionfish Cookbook, and posted by Erin Spencer in her article: Lionfish: Gotta Eat ‘Em to Beat ‘Em, published in Explorers Journal, National Geographic, July 10, 2013.

8 ea Lionfish Fillets
8 ea Limes
1 ea Tomato
½ tsp Salt
2 ea Scotch Bonnet Peppers
2 Tbsp Cilantro, finely chopped
½ ea Onion

Dice fish into 1-inch pieces and place in a shallow dish.
In a small bowl, juice the 8 limes.
Add the lime juice to fish and marinate 1 ½ hours.
Dice the onions, tomatoes, and scotch bonnet peppers, and add to fish mixture.
Stir in salt and cilantro.
Cover and place back in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Remove from refrigerator and serve.

Castaway’s Wreck-Diver Style Lionfish

Castaway’s Wreck-Diver Style Lionfish 

Recipe by Castaway Waterfron Restaurant and Sushi Bar
Courtesy of Castaway Waterfront Restaurant and Sushi Bar in Marathon Key, Florida, and posted by Erin Spencer in her article: Lionfish: Gotta Eat ‘Em to Beat ‘Em, published in Explorers Journal, National Geographic, July 10, 2013.

42 oz Lionfish Fillets, patted dry
5 tsp Capers
? cups Flour (for coating)
½ cup White Wine
5 ea Garlic Cloves, diced
¼ cup Lemon Juice, fresh squeezed
2 ½ cups Tomatoes, chopped
Garnish: Parsley, Kale, Lemon Wedge

Dredge fillets in flour to lightly dust.
Place in sauté pan with small amount of hot butter over medium heat.
Cook first side, careful not to burn.
Turn over fish when golden, and reduce heat while adding garlic, tomatoes, capers, white wine and lemon juice.
Cover to hold steam in and cook until fish is fork-tender.
Add basil and serve immediately.
Garnish with sprig of parsley or kale and lemon wedge.

Linguine with Lionfish Sauce

Linguine with Lionfish Sauce 

Recipe by Unknown

400 gram Linguine Pasta
3 ea Tomatoes, ripe, chopped
1 ea Lionfish, Large, Cleaned and Filleted
3 Tbsp Brandy
1 ea Shallot
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
To Taste: Parsley, Salt, Pepper, and yourfavorite Italian Herbs

Begin cooking the linguine in boiling water
Saute the shallots and olive oil with the fillets in a pan
Deglaze the pan with the brandy
Add the tomatoes
Finish cooking the sauce by adding a ladle of pasta water from the cooked linguine
Add salt, pepper, and Itlian herbs to tast
Serve over the cooked pasta

Lionfish Flortentine

Lionfish Flortentine 

Recipe by Natalie Rubin

1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 jar Salsa of choice
1 ea Onion, large, chopped
12 pcs Kalamata Olives, chopped
1 bag Baby Spinach
8 oz Lionfish Fillets
To Taste: Parmesan Cheese

In large saute pan (12"), heat olive oil
Cook onion until transluscent
Add baby spinach
Add lionfish fillets and close together
Top with bruschetta or salsa
Add chopped Kalamata olives
Top with fresh grated parmesan cheese
Cover and let cook on medium heat for 8-10 minutes until fish is flaky. Do not overcook.

Seared Feta Lionfish

Seared Feta Lionfish

Recipe by Unknown

4 ea Lionfish Fillets
To Taste: Feta Cheese
MARINADE: Garlic, Lemon Juice, Black Pepper, Salt, and Oregano

Prepare marinade
Marinate filets for up to 24 hours in a sealed container in the fridge
Pan fry in hot skillet, sear until brown
flip to sear the other side
Crumble feta cheese on top as an extra zingy garnish

Blackened Lionfish Tacos

Blackened Lionfish Tacos

Recipe by Unknown

4 ea Lionfish Fillets
1 pkg “Blackened” Seasoning
1 pkg Corn or Flour Tortillas
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
Toppings: Shredded Lettuce, Black Beans, Diced Tomatoes, Shredded Cheese, Diced Onion, Sour Cream

Season fish with “Blackened” seasoning
Sear Fillets in a hot pan coated with Olive Oil
Flip fillets to sear other side
Continue to flip fillets until well cooked
Cut fillets into bite size pieces
Warm tortillas
Place fillets in warm tortillas
Add toppings as desired
Serve with Chips, Salsa and Rice Pilaf

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