What Everyone Wants To Know About The Edibility Of Ladyfish

What Everyone Wants To Know About The Edibility Of Ladyfish

Ladyfish put up quite a fight once they get hooked. Once you manage to win the fight and get it to the boat, it makes the whole place bloody. Believe you me I always wondered if it was worth the trouble till I had a ladyfish delicacy which made me realise that once prepared well, ladyfish’s sweet taste would pay off for all the trouble the angler has to go through. For those anglers who probably couldn’t stand the thought of eating ladyfish, probably because they have many small bones, are oily and have a mushy texture, I will give you a reason to change your mind on that.


Despite the fact that the ladyfish are mostly used as baits due to their bony nature, they are edible. When mixed with a few ingredients, they acquire a mild flavour. Below here I will illustrate some procedures you can follow to ready the ladyfish for cooking, the ingredients you will require and the procedure you will follow to prepare a ladyfish delicacy.

Are Ladyfish Edible?

Ladyfish are edible. They are considered not ideal for human consumption because they have too many bones. To increase their consumable nature, ladyfish are ground into fish meal. This makes it possible for the bones to be crushed too and they cease to be hazards to consumers.

Due to the low meat content of the ladyfish, I thought that many people do not like eating ladyfish. I was surprised to find out that most anglers are always willing to do whatever it takes to get some meat from the bony creatures. To get some meat from a ladyfish, you can cut off the tail and then use a rolling pin to squeeze the flesh. You can then use the meat to make raw fish of fish cakes. The fish cakes originated from Asia and are made by mixing the ladyfish meat with some ingredients to make patties. Other people prefer to dig their teeth into the flesh of the ladyfish.

Jumping Ladyfish

Jumping Ladyfish. Via: flickr/40842955@N02

Before you prepare a meal of a ladyfish, ensure that you make an effort to remove as many bones as you can to avoid having a bony spike down in your throat

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Preparing The Ladyfish For Cooking

Clean and gut the ladyfish. Ensure that you remove all the scales. Remove all the rib bones while filleting the fish. Scrape the flesh away from the bones using a spoon and carefully pick out any bones.

Recipes For Making Tasty Ladyfish Meals

Receipt #1: Ladyfish Cakes

Ladyfish Cake

Ladyfish Cake. Via: Ucook

The first form in which you can eat ladyfish is when prepared as ladyfish cakes. These cakes are delicious and once you start taking them, one is always not enough. You will always come for more. To prepare ladyfish cakes, you need the following ingredients.

What You'll Need:

  • A ladyfish
  • An egg
  • Parsley
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil

  • Breadcrumbs
  • Lime juice
  • Celery stalks
  • Mayonnaise
  • Frying Pan


Ensure that the ingredients are enough according to the number of people you are preparing the meal for.


Step 1: Mix the mayonnaise, eggs and lime juice. To the mixture, add celery which has been finely chopped and the fresh parsley.

Step 2: Season the mix with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3: To the mixture, add the flaked fish and blend well. Place the mixture in the refrigerator and allow it to cool and firm up for about half an hour.

Step 4: Form patties from the mixture. Place the bread crumbs onto a plate and gently dredge each party in the crumbs and turn to coat.

Step 5: Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the fish cakes for about five minutes on each side till the bread crumbs turn golden brown. At this time the cake is usually well cooked.

  • Serve with: chipotle cream dip, tartar sauce, aioli, garnished with a wedge of lime.

Receipt #2: Ladyfish Stew

Fish Stew

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer. Via: bbcgoodfood

To prepare ladyfish curry, you will need the following ingredients to be able to get the best results.

What You'll Need:

  • Drilled basil leaf
  • Dried oregano
  • Salt to taste
  • Fish fillets
  • Zucchini

Very Crucial

Ensure that the ingredients are enough according to the number of people you are preparing the meal for.


Step 1: Combine rutabaga, chopped onions, margarine/butter in a casserole and cover.

Step 2: Place the casserole with the ingredients in a microwave whose heat has been turned on to 100 degrees Celsius. Let it stay there for at most 5 minutes when the onion will be tender.

Step 3: Add the ground masala paste and fry for a few minutes

Step 4: Microwave the already mixed ingredients till the vegetables are almost tender. This could take at most 20 minutes.

Step 5: Stir after about 10 minutes.

Step 6: Cut the fish into about 3 or 4 chunks.

Step 7: Add the fish to the already cooked ingredients ad cover.

Step 8: Heat in the microwave at 100 degrees Celsius heat for about 5 minutes when the fish will be heated thoroughly and the zucchini will be crispy and tender

The main cooking method for this recipe is microwaving. Preparing ingredients for the meal takes about ten minutes and the meal gets ready in about thirty-five minutes.


A ladyfish is certainly edible. You just have to be cautious to ensure that you remove all the tiny bones when preparing it for cooking then use one of these amazing recipes. It is good to try out all of them so that you can identify the one that gives your ladyfish the best taste that pleases you.

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Louella Trump

Hi there, I’m Louella Trump, an adventurous young lady who loves exploring our beautiful nature by traveling and fishing. I write so as to share my passion and experiences with fellow readers who enjoy fishing and traveling as one of their recreational activities. My primary objective in sharing my experiences while traveling and fishing is to basically inspire any like-minded person out there to stop at nothing and leave no stone unturned in ensuring that they explore their passion as much as they can.

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