Friday, February 24, 2012


Great Lakes Whitefish: The Great Fish

~ Icy Sunset
(Great 'inland' lake ~ Hubbard Lake)


~ This delicious whitefish recipe, adapted from Great Lakes Whitefish, is paired with another of Michigan's finest offerings, cherries, making this 'trial & error' combo a recipe even 'fish haters' might find hard to resist.

4 Tbsp. melted unsalted butter
juice and zest of 1 fresh lemon
4 fresh (or thawed) whitefish fillets
sea salt
freshly cracked black pepper
6 Tbsp. sesame seeds
fresh lemon wedges
  • Preheat broiler and broiler pan.
  • Meanwhile, combine melted butter with lemon juice and zest. Sprinkle fish on both sides with salt & pepper to taste and butter-lemon juice mixture. Place on broiler pan.
  • Broil 5 inches from heat source, 6-12 minutes per inch of thickest part of fillet, basting once or twice. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and continue to broil until seeds are golden brown, 1-2 minutes. To check for doneness, fish should be opaque and flake easily with pricked with fork. Serve topped with Cherry Salsa, lemon wedges and a bottle of 'award-winning' Michigan wine.

~ This spicy recipe is compliments of the Cherry Marketing Institute

1 1/3 cups frozen unsweetened tart cherries
1/4 cup coarsely chopped dried tart cherries
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1 Tbsp. seeded and chopped jalapenos
1 finely chopped clove garlic
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp. cornstarch
  • Coarsely chop frozen tart cherries. Let cherries thaw and drain, reserving 1 Tbsp. cherry juice. Combine thawed or fresh cherries, dried cherries, onion, jalapenos, garlic, and cilantro in medium saucepan; mix well. Combine reserved cherry juice and cornstarch in small bowl; mix until smooth. Stir into cherry mixture. Cook stirring constantly over medium-high heat until mixture is thickened. Let cool. Serve with fish (grilled poultry, roast pork or with tortilla chips).


Pat said...

Still in awe of your pictures. Better that any post cards any day.
I've been off in another world for that past few months...can't wait for spring.
Hope you're having a great winter.

cherry said...

Now Miss Joey you know I'm the only Cherry you need in your life..
Your icy sunset is lovely..
Happy weekend.. hugs, Cherry

joey said...

Thanks dear Patsi. I too have been missing in action in my blog posting and visiting. Let us both enjoy the remains of winter ... soon to be a word of the past!

Indeed you are a cheery 'cherry' gift, dear Cherry. Happy weekend fun friend.

Fish wall decals said...

You had a very interesting blog here.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Joey, Do you think Lake Salmon would work with this recipe???? Perhaps you'd have one that would? Our son shared some that he'd caught.

joey said...

Thanks Fish Wall!

Hi Shady ... I love/crave salmon and have tons of great salmon recipes here on my blog. Key in salmon in my search and enjoy many of my favorite recipes.

Anonymous said...

Have not been here in a loooooonnnnnngggg time. I happened to see your smiling portrait on Lew's blog and click I am here. Love Michigan fishing. Have you ever heard of Kagawong Lake? It is on an island and the island is in one of the lakes? I can't remember. Our kids are all past 50 years old now and they were almost babies the last time we were there.

I enjoyed reading your post. Like you I don't get around much anymore.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Joey,

I try other fish but I keep going back to whitefish, my favorite. I am not sure it is from Michigan, local Whole Foods, but next time I will ask.


lindalou said...

Hi Joey,

I love your ode to the wonder of the Great Lakes. Being a fellow Michigander, I am so proud of our lakes.

I've coped the whitefish recipe into my Recipe file for future use. Can't wait to try it, although I'm going to tackle seafood pot pie today. Wish me luck.


imac said...

What a great shot Joey, Warm sunshine, great contrast to the snow.
Those shadows gives depth.
Wot a shot.

RobinL said...

Well, it's a beautiful, snowy sunset, but I much prefer the summer sunsets, don't you?

Kala said...

Beautifully framed image Joey!

Hope you are doing well my friend.

Nutty Gnome said...

Well I would never have thought of combining fish with cherries - sounds good when you do it though Joeyluv!

Are tart cherries the same as sour cherries?! :)

donna said...

Joey, you make every meal, every recipe sound delicious and doable. Okay...Michigan whitefish and Michigan wine but I bet the cherries are from Door County, WI.

Happy weekend, Joey.

garden girl said...

Sounds delicious, Joey! Gorgeous sunset photo.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Just learning about you, Joey. My husband signed me up for Pinterest TODAY, so I am not really up on it yet. Patience and I'll try to get in the swing of things.

All joys to you,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Wendy said...

This sounds so yummy and I was just taking with my daughter about cherry season!