Poor Man’s Lobster

When I think of the first Thanksgiving, I have nothing but respect and admiration for those first cooks.  No electricity.  No appliances.  No 24-hour supermarket to run to for that missed item.  Can you imagine?  It makes me entirely grateful to prepare a meal amidst “modern day” comforts.

That alone is reason to give thanks!

But, three things we have in common with our ancestors are love, gratitude and celebration — and I don’t know of one food blogger who isn’t enthusiastic and thankful to share a meal prepared with love for their loved ones.

Thinking about humble beginnings also made me recall my roots (and how much I miss home…) — Minnesota was where I learned to fish.  Although I don’t cast a line as often as I used to, there’s something about a simple fish dinner that makes me thankful.

The following recipe is one I’ve modified over the years, from a delightful cookbook called “Great Northwoods Cooking.”  (I don’t even know if it’s in print anymore —  you’d have to contact the Walker, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.)  Resort owners from around the lakes compiled their “best of the best,” and isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about?

Poor Man’s Lobster

4 fish fillets (I used good ol’ Oklahoma bass, courtesy of The Man Of Few Words)

2 quarts water

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

2 T. sea salt (or to taste)

1/2 medium onion, quartered

1 bay leaf

Several sprigs of fresh parsley

Melted butter

Bring water, salt and lemon juice to a boil.  Add onion, bay leaf and parsley.  Cover and allow to steep for a few minutes.

Add fish fillets; bring to a boil again.  Reduce heat and simmer until fish is cooked — about 10 minutes depending on the size of your fillets.

With a slotted spoon, remove fish to a broiler pan.  (I cover mine with foil for easy clean-up — another reason to be thankful!)

Pat fillets dry with a paper towel, then broil for 3 to 5 minutes until slightly crisp.  Serve with melted butter.

(Recipe originally submitted by Betty Reese, Bay Shore Resort.)

Happy Thanksgiving!  Now go … COOK … and be sure to hug everybody twice.

Enjoying life with a little butter on it (for which I’m truly thankful),

~ Kim

16 thoughts on “Poor Man’s Lobster

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    • I hear ya, Tina! If I could stock lobsters in our lake, I would… but, I’m thankful for the abundant supply of fresh fish. You must live near the Gulf? I traveled all over Texas during “the trucking years” — great state, and so scenic! Thanks again for your comments. :)
      ~ Kim

  3. I agree–24 hour grocery stores filled with everything we can imagine is definitely something to be thankful for. It always kinda breaks my heart the people that have to work on that day. A guy in the produce department at my store was telling me he had to work on Thanksgiving. I felt bad, but then he said they paid overtime, so it was ok.

    Anyway, thanks for the sweet comment on my site :)

    Hope you’re doing well!!

    • Hi, Christina! I think about those folks working on holidays, too! The fact that you took time to listen to the produce department guy is a testimony to your thankful heart. I’m sure it made his day! Thanks for stopping by to visit again — I always enjoy hearing your thoughts. Well, “reading” them. :)
      ~ Kim

  4. Thank you, all of you, for your Thanksgiving wishes and thoughts! It’s wonderful knowing people who cherish the value of friends and family. Blessings, all!

  5. Working in a restaurant I have cooked more lobsters than I care to think about (I have a big problem if the Buddhists have it right). I would have a simple bass dish like this over lobster any day. And what would make it truly special is to share it with friends and family.

  6. Kiimby, I’m allergic to fish and this sound absolutely amazing! What a terrific way to make fish! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and it’s so nice to have met you this year!

  7. Happy Thanksgiving, dear! I like your version of poor man’s lobster recipe. I thought u were doing a crayfish dish but u got me! Lol! The holiday season is so soon. Gosh! May I take this opportunity to wish u & your lovely family happiness & love!

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