Smoked Mullet and Eel

Preparation info

  • Serves

    6

    as an Appetizer
    • Difficulty

      Medium

Appears in

Hoppin John’s Lowcountry Cooking

By John Martin Taylor

Published 1992

  • About

One throw of a mullet net—a circular cast net similar to shrimp cast nets but with heavier weights and a larger weave—in a tidal pool on an incoming tide will often yield an entire school of mullet. They are usually cut up for bait, and the heads are used to bait crab traps. But I love freshly caught mullet, panfried for breakfast or cured by smoke, the way I prepare eel. Berkeley County eels are world-renowned, though the industry has suffered many setbacks in recent years. They are farmed