Porgie is a bottom-dwelling fish, commonly found in waters off U.S. coastlines and temperate Southern oceans. They are commonly caught for food, particularly scup, which typically weigh 1 lb., and sheephead, which reach into the 3- to 4-lb. range. The fish is commonly prepared whole, and works well with several cooking methods, including roasting, salt-baking and frying. The technique for frying porgie is similar to frying whole catfish, and, like other bottom-dwelling carnivores have a mildly sweet taste that benefits from a buttermilk marinade.
Things You'll Need
- 1 cup whole buttermilk
- 1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 whole porgy (scup), cleaned and scaled
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 tbsp. kosher salt
- 2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 4 tbsp. canola or peanut oil
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 sprigs fresh dill
Mix together 1 cup of whole buttermilk and 1 tsp. of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Place two porgie in a shallow baking dish, pour the buttermilk over them, and allow them to marinate for one hour in the refrigerator. Turn the fish over after 30 minutes.
Combine 1 cup of cornmeal, 1/2 tbsp. kosher salt and 2 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper and distribute the mixture in an even layer on a plate. Rinse the porgie and pat dry with paper towels.
Heat 4 tbsp. peanut or canola oil in a heavy-bottomed pan over high heat until it shimmers, approximately 4 minutes. Remove the porgie from the buttermilk and drain the excess.
Dredge the porgie in the seasoned cornmeal and shake off any excess. Place the fish in the pan and cook until golden, approximately 2 minutes each side.
Reduce the heat to medium. Add two sprigs of fresh thyme and two sprigs of fresh dill to the pan. Continue cooking the porgie until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit, approximately 12 minutes.
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