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These Croquettes Make the Most of Leftover Fish

Frank Guerriero

March 06, 2019


Photo: Keirnan Monaghan and Theo Vamvounakis

Most home cooks are more comfortable stretching a whole chicken into a series of dishes than they are with breaking down and utilizing an entire fish. This #WasteNotWednesday, it’s time to change that. We’ve already sung the praises of the underappreciated fish collar, but there are even more flavors to discover. Try taking a cue from Chefs Boot Camp alum Paul Fehribach, who—after boiling fish spines and heads into rich stocks—transforms leftover bits of flesh into these decadently crispy croquettes

Fehribach starts by softening some aromatics in butter and combining them with crumbly leftover rice. After folding in the picked fish meat and cooling the mixture, he uses an ice cream scoop to shape the croquettes before breading and frying them to an irresistible golden brown. Served with a bowl of creamed leek tops, it’s the perfect starter for a sustainable, seafood-savvy dinner party. Get the recipe.

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Frank Guerriero is the media assistant at the Beard Foundation. Find him on Instagram.