Monday, March 21, 2011

From Trophy Winning Pike to the Dinner Table

“If it looks good eat it”, is the popular catch phrase of Andrew Zimmern of the Travel Channels Bizarre Foods. As I watch him weekly scoff down a plethora of unusual food choices, I often ponder how he would feel about eating a Northern Pike. Most likely, he would marvel at its delicious, flaky white meat and jubilantly describe its complex textures and lack of fishy taste when battered and deep-fried to golden perfection. Then of course, he would suck out the fish’s eyeballs and chew them up with gusto and I would hurl and that would be the end of the show. I imagine it would be quite an interesting episode.

Back to reality and the job of processing my personal best and tourney placing Northern Pike for the dinner table. This ordeal started with the extraction of a very large (17.70 lb) frozen pike from my chest freezer and it taking a 5-hour soak in my bathtub (yes, my wife is a very understanding woman). I debated using the hot tub but was concerned the excessive amounts of slim dripping off the beast might clog the intake jets (did I mention my wife was understanding?).

After a through defrost and de-sliming, I hauled the fish and a large number of cutting utensils out onto the deck and started in on the chore of filleting. Using a heavy hunting knife, I made several initial cuts to slice through the thick skin and allow the more delicate fillet knife to do its job unfettered. The processing took about 15 minutes and there were a lot more bones then I remember from completing this task on a similar sized fish a few years ago. In the end, the fish yielded 8 full cups of pure white meat sure to be enjoyed in the weeks to come.

One Side Complete onto the Next
Pike Rendered to Guts, Bone and Skin
Edible Bits Remain . . . YES even the HEAD!

Next three different ways to cook Pike . . .


  1. Please tell me the wife is not so understanding that she will wash that towel for you.

  2. Man..that's one nasty, mean looking, killing machine..I wonder which one would win in a fight to the death, your northern pike or a bluefish? In any case I'm not sticking my hand in either ones mouth.And kudos to your wife!

  3. having problems getting to your blog from blogger, something about feedburner and your link being null and void...

  4. Rabid..I did find your blog back on the .com address. the link and transition to your web page worked well...glad you got the situation squared to see what's going on with blogspot..I can get on maine-matters but there is a latency problem..very herky, jerky..hopefully it will be resolved soon..

  5. Ren, No, sadly she told me to burn it and if by some strange happenstance it managed to get into the house, I would be sleeping with the fishes.

  6. PB, My first ever pike I stuck my hand in the gill plate and had to reattach three fingers with duct tape. Good thing I had the DR. with me that day to serve as a pain killer!

  7. DDH, See if feed burner works now? I did delete the old feed (unfortunately) when I thought I lost DAMN!

  8. PB, Yes Blogger has been slow and herky, jerky for over a month. I thought it was me!


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