SMOKED WHITEFISH SALAD

Posted: February 6, 2022 in Food, Recipes, seafood, smoking
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Growing up in NY, I was introduced to smoked whitefish, herring, and lox at an amazing deli just down the road from my parents’ house. My wife’s family from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, meanwhile, caught the whitefish, herring and salmon and smoked it themselves.

Smoked whitefish may be a bit hard to find, and it could get expensive if you buy it from your local deli. But sometimes big membership stores like BJ’s will sell whole smoked whitefish. (They also sell already-made whitefish salad, but don’t buy that…it’s all mayonnaise and fish leftovers.)

 

Remove every bit of meat. Double-check for bones!

Remove every bit of meat. Double-check for bones!

 

1/2 whole smoked whitefish, meat removed
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup finely chopped Vidalia onion
1 tablespoon capers, finely chopped
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 hard-boiled egg, finely chopped
Freshly ground pepper
Pinch of sea salt (I like Fleur de Sel)

 

Remove the meat from the smoked whitefish carefully, making sure all the small bones have been removed. Double-check to make sure you’ve done this really well. It pays to be really meticulous with this job so that you (or your guests) don’t gag on a fish bone later!

Place all the whitefish meat in a bowl.

Combine all the other ingredients with the fish, mixing thoroughly using a fork. (Try not to mush it up too much!)
The standard way is to serve it with crackers. But there’s nothing wrong with slathering it onto an everything bagel! Or…if you have guests…slice everything bagels as thin as you can and toast them until they’re crisp like crackers. Then serve them on the side.
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Here’s a shot of the real deal straight out of the smoker, at a fish store in Mackinaw City, Michigan, on the way to the Upper Peninsula. Man, that was some good eatin’!
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Comments
  1. Alan Gorkin says:

    I hear you about whitefish. Ive visited the U.P.(attended Michigan State U.) and enjoyed their food up there. Where was the deli in Plainview, is it still there and do you still have family there?

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    • Alz355 says:

      Hey, Alan! We would go to the one in the Morton Village Shopping Center. I think it was called Gold’s. My parents have passed away, and my younger sister, who used to live in Huntington, has just moved to Maine. So no family left on Long Island.

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      • alan gorkin says:

        I remember that deli! Yes.! Lucky Nida, now you have an excuse to go to Maine. Keep up the blog, I really enjoy the Lithuanian references and you guys must definitely Live the live. Its all so delicious.

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