Sunday, 19 May 2013

Hot tea smoked mullet

Tea Smoked Mullet by Carole's Chatter

I had intended to post about smoking salmon but the better half caught a yellow-eyed mullet while surfcasting and so mullet it was!

Fish smoker by Carole's Chatter

We have a very basic and inexpensive smoker. You could even do it in a wok although I would never recommend doing this inside – your house would be smelling of smoke forever. And be sure to wear old clothes when you are doing this you will smell smoked!

The smoker has 2 little cups which are put underneath which you fill with meths and light. Be careful!

The smoke mix was equal quantities of brown sugar, long grained white rice and tea leaves (I used green tea and lemon but you could use whatever you have). For this fish I used 50g of each. Don't put it straight onto the bottom of the smoker – it will be impossible to clean out. Make a foil container for it with the sides folded up so it can't escape.

Tea smoked mullet

You just put your tea mix onto the bottom of the smoker which is then put over the lit containers of meths (methylated spirits). Once it starts to smoke put your fish on the rack over the tea mix. On with the lid and let it smoke for no more than 15 minutes. 12 might have been even better.

Then lift the box off the heat source (using oven gloves – it's stinking hot) and let it sit for 20 minutes – it will still smoke a bit and the fish will be easier to handle when it's a bit cooled.

As you can see it gave the fish great colour (I think that is the effect of the brown sugar). Because I put some seasoned lemon slices into the middle of the fish it didn't dry out too much.

I served this at room temperature accompanied by a simple green salad.
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  1. wow, that fish skin cooks excellent. I have never tried that..

  2. I love fish. How did it taste? I've never, ever tried to smoke anything (well, too eat)-ha ha. I think it does look delicious.

  3. I'm a fish lover but have never tried to smoke it before. You're quite adventuresome :)!

  4. I don't smoke fish myself but I do eat smoked kippers or haddock so I know that it tastes great!

  5. I liked smoked fish but I never tried it myself. Have you tried smoking meats too?

  6. That looks great - I mean, not just the meal (I love fish) but it looks like quite a bit of fun preparing it. I want to try this!

  7. Looks yummy but I have no one else that would try it with me! Just stopping by from the Say it Saturday Linky Party. Thanks for sharing!

  8. My father used to smoke salmon all the time and after we grew tired of salmon well, he smoked everything he could get his hands on!, lol..Thank you for linking this delicious dish to the Fluster Buster Party. Have a Great Week, Lizy co-Host of the Fluster Buster Party


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