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Broiled Lemon Porgy Recipe for Your Winter Catch


Porgy is a frequent winter catch for fishing in NYC. They are an easy fish to get a bite from and slow swimmers, making them simple to reel in. In fact, many porgy catches occur when an angler is trying to hook something else. As a result, you might head home with a few scup whenever you go out. 

Fortunately, these fish are good to eat with white flesh and taste similar to snapper. There are a variety of ways you can cook up scup, including baked, grilled, broiled, or in a dish like ceviche, but this is a favorite recipe for broiled porgy.

Ingredients and Steps for Lemon Broiled Porgy

This recipe uses whole fish. Before cooking, you should scale each fish, debone it, and remove the guts. In addition to porgy, you will also need the following ingredients to prepare 4 broiled scup:

  • 6 tbsp oil 
  • 5 lemons, sliced 
  • Salt
  • 1 bunch of scallions 
  • 6 sprigs thyme

With all ingredients assembled and fish prepared, use the following steps to prepare porgy:

  1. Set your oven to broil and prepare a pan with aluminum foil and 2 tbs oil. You can also use a grill pan.
  2. Season the inside of each porgy with salt.
  3. Cut 3 lemons into slices ½ inch thick, removing seeds as you go. Stuff the lemon slices into the fish with a spring of thyme for each fish. You may need to tie the fish with kitchen twine to hold the stuffing inside. Brush both sides of the fish with oil.
  4. Mix 2 tbsp oil and salt, and toss scallions in the oil mixture. Halve remaining lemons.
  5. Salt one side of the fish and put it salted-side down on the baking pan. Add scallions and lemons, cut side down, to the baking pan.
  6. Broil until charred. The scallions and lemons will be done first, after about 4 minutes. Flip the fish, salting the other side before you do. The fish should be done in about 10 to 12 minutes.

You can also make this recipe on a grill if you prefer. With your grill on high, add fish, lemons, and scallions and grill until charred. The scallions will need about 3 minutes, the lemons will need 5, and the fish will need approximately 6 minutes per side.

If you are looking for a chance to catch fresh fish this winter, joining an NYC fishing trip aboard the Marilyn Jean is a great opportunity to hook porgy, ling, cod, and several great fish for all of the fresh fish you can eat. See all of our upcoming porgy fishing trips and get tickets through the calendar.


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