This month our Fun Fish is Sheepshead! Sheepshead are caught year-round off the east and west coasts of Florida and are harvested in a variety of ways, including cast net, speared or hook and line. Their diet consists mainly of barnacles, baby crabs, and oysters. The mouth (sometimes called “human teeth”) is designed to crack the hard shell of the barnacles or oysters it eats!
Sheepshead is sweet and delicious with a slight shellfish flavor. Its meat is firm, moist and a bit oily. This oil & moisture content contributes to its sweet, firm and flaky feel on the mouth. There are several ways to prepare this fish, from boiling, grilling, baking, frying or roasting the whole fish.
This month we are featuring a recipe from Chili Pepper Madness of Blackened Sheepshead with Basil-Lime Cream Sauce. Click here for the full recipe!