Piper Stir-fry Recipe

SpotX Wild Foods Recipe from PJ Falls
Prep:10 minutes Cook:30 minutes Difficulty:1
  • 1 kilogram piper fillets.
  • 1 small onion, diced.
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue tomato sauce.
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce.
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce.
  • 1½ cups fish stock.
  • ½ cup rice bran oil.
  • Salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Cut piper into 3-cm long pieces.
  • Heat the oil in a wok.
  • Add fish.
  • Stir lightly until brown.
  • Add onion, and stir until light brown.
  • Add the other ingredients and stir lightly; mix in fish stock.
  • Cover and simmer for 30-45 minutes.

Piper While most people regard fresh piper (garfish) as one of the ‘ultimate’ snapper and kingfish baits, those in the know also appreciate this ‘upside-down-marlin’ for its table qualities.
The easiest way to catch these little guys is to drag a bait-net in the surf line or along a beach or mudflat, but the job can be made much more challenging by using a rod and reel!
Fine line in the two-kilo range is perfect. Attach a float, a small length of trace and a size 20 or 22 sprat hook and you are ready to go. A great bait is a coarse dough made from flour and a little water and rolled with cotton wool to keep it together. Otherwise, slightly wet a small piece of bread, which can then be balled up around the hook. Other baits include processed cheese, pipi or squid, the secret being to keep it small – no larger than an average- sized pea.

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