Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Golden Tilefish

We've almost exhausted our fish supply from Florida in the freezer. The fish we had this week is Golden Tilefish. Now that I see how beautiful tilefish are I want to make a fish platter today. Tilefish are sometimes called clown of the sea due to their many colors.

Tilefish are long lived and slow growing. They feed mainly on crustaceans consequently their meat is very delectable to eat. Above are the fillets. Notice the needle nosed pliers in the photo.

I am using the pliers to remove the small pin bones in the fillet. Many folks say they use tweezers but the pin bones are deeply embedded in muscle and hard to remove without pliers. Place the fillet skin side down and feel along the thickest part of the fillet till you locate a pin bone, gently push back the meat and grab the pin bone end with the pliers and pull it out. You will feel resistance but pull firmly till the bone slides out.

Here I've served the tilefish with white half runner beans, peaches, raspberries and blueberries. I sauteed the tilefish in butter and olive oil. I cooked the half runner beans with garlic, sweet peppers and a tomato. The fruits and beans came from the farmer's market this week and the tilefish came from Florida on our last trip there. We appreciate being able to take advantage of nature's bounty with our meals. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. "tilefish" is a splendid name for a fish that will be consumed by a ceramic artist! I could see how inspirational such a fish could be for future patterns on pots and platters! The mix of fruit, beans and fish looks most appetizing! Yum, Yum!

  2. I love seafood!! This made me rather hungry :)

  3. Hi Peter, thanks, isn't this a colorful fish; you are right about the patterns and colors, green dots on blue and yellow dots on brown and scales and all.

    Hi Keith, thanks, this fish is extremely good, I love seafood as well.

  4. Yum yum, I didn't discover tilefish until our market has it brought in from the Outer bankds fresh. It is such a nice taste!

  5. what a pretty meal!

  6. Hi Barb, thanks, oh perhaps I can find it somewhere near here too as driving to Florida is a rather long distance to get fish. I may need to take a trip to the beach.

    Hi Gigi, thanks, we are so lucky to have all this fresh produce so close to us at the farmer's market a little over a mile from our home.

  7. That looks so yummy your plate. If I get one bone in my mouth from fish. That is when I put my fork down. Finished.

    That and a shell of an egg in my back teeth from breakfast omelette.

    I am done for.

    I know I am bad but I just can't handle it.

  8. That is a beautiful fish, I can see why you'd want to paint one on a platter.

  9. A beautiful fish. And, I ate six raspberries on my way in the door for lunch. I wonder how much longer.

  10. Hi Carol Ann, thanks, I understand the fish bone problem but one has to eat and I love fish so I put up with the occasional bone but most often never find them.

    Hi Lori, thanks, hopefully I can do this fine fish justice.

    Hi Joanne, thanks, oh those raspberries are so good


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