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and chef Jon Wipfli wants to teach you to cook what you catch

On June 11, the classically trained chef behind the Minnesota Spoon, the 2017 cookbook Venison, andtheaward winningAnimales canada goose factory sale canada goose outlet uk sale Barbeque Co. will releaseFish: Recipes and Techniques For Freshwater Fish.

It’s a natural segue for Wipfli, given that the native Wisconsinite canada goose clearance sale grew up fishing walleye, crappie, canada goose outlet nyc and cheap canada goose uk bluegill at his family’s cabin in Vilas County. In his 20s, he moved to Montana and learned canada goose outlet canada to fly fish. Later, he got into ice fishing and “caught the muskie bug” thanks to a group of hunting friends. But even those experiences didn’t prepare him to write a whole cookbook on freshwater fish. canada goose outlet In the name of research, he fished with the pros in Michigan, Wisconsin, and the canada goose outlet toronto factory Dakotas for everything from steelhead and whitefish to lake trout and herring.

Wipfli doesn’t teach fishing techniques in the book, but he does offer methodical instructions for cleaning, scaling, gutting, storing, and filleting your goose outlet canada catch for maximum freshness. If you’re not much of a fisherman, that’s fine; you can canada goose jacket outlet buy your canada goose outlet jackets fish (Wipfli recommends the Fish Guys), but to ensure you get the best product, take the time to inspect your specimen.

Smell is one big indicator of freshness: “If the smell raises alarm, then you probably should be alarmed. Every fish is going to have a fish smell, but it shouldn’t be a rotting fish smell,” Wipfli says. The firmness of the flesh is another important freshness factor. If you stick your finger into the flesh of the canada goose outlet shop fish and the imprint stays, that means the skin is deteriorating and is starting to lose its bounciness. If the indentation raises right back, you’ve got a fresh fish. Buying a whole fish? Look at the eye; one that’s clouded and opaque means the fish has been sitting there for a while.

So you have your fish and you’re ready to cook, but maybe you’re intimidated by fish’s delicate nature. Poaching is a great way to keep it intact; cooking a whole fish is another way to avoid disaster. Steaming is also a good option. If you’re searing fish and want to avoid sticking, use a “super hot” stainless steel pan with a thick bottom and use a high heat oil, like grapeseed oil. Pat your fish dry with paper towels, and when your pan and oil are hot, lay your fish into the pan.

One of Wipfli’s personal favorite ways to cook fish? Over an open fire. (Yes, he has instructions for that, too.)

How do you know your fishy feast is done? Wipfli goes by feel. When fish is raw, it’s soft. As it cooks, it becomes firmer, but there’s a point where too firm becomes overcooked. Knowing where the line is uk canada goose just comes canada goose outlet store uk with experience. Wipfli recommends that if you’re cooking multiple pieces of fish, cut into one fillet and make sure there’s nothing that’s completely red (for salmon) or grayish (for walleye).

If you can’t remember all the rules, no worries. That’s what Wipfli’s book is for, complete with crisp, step by step photos by local photographer Colleen Eversman. Canada Goose online And canada goose outlet reviews as for the recipes, Wipfli wanted canada goose uk black friday to lighten up this time around. “With the venison, I felt like we missed a style of cooking which was a little bit lighter, a little bit fresher, and maybe had a little bit more diversity. And I think we cheap canada goose were able to do that with fish,” he says.

His recipes are refined yet simple, with a focus on coaxing out natural flavors. “One of the things I try to avoid is using a ton of spices. In the book, and just in general in cooking, I use a lot of salt and pepper fresh cracked black pepper. That’s our base,” Wipfli says. When he does want to kick it up a notch, he uses chilis and fresh acidity in the form of limes and lemons. “Those flavors help elevate the flavor of fish,” he says.

What to pair with your perfectly prepared fish? Wipfli recommends vegetable based sides like marinated cucumbers, corn succotash, canada goose coats on sale and shaved asparagus salad. In fact, the cookbook is near carb free, save for a sandwich or two. “I don’t think that’s a reflection of how to eat all fish; I think that’s official canada goose outlet just a reflection of how I generally eat currently,” Wipfli says.

Even if you’re a buy canada goose jacket novice in the kitchen, you’ll enjoy Fish’s celebration of the natural, sustainable food source available right in our backyards. (Or at least nearby.) If you’re inspired to cast your line in Minnesota’s many lakes and rivers but don’t catch anything, don’t get discouraged.

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