Traditional Newfoundland Pan Fried Caplin
So many ways to have Caplin this is the quickest way by pan frying them, the other ways are Smoked Caplin, Dryed Caplin and Salted Caplin anyway you like them works best.
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Please continue on to the recipe for Pan Fried Caplin and enjoy.
- Caplin - 12 Each
- Fat Pork - 1/2 Cup small cubes
- Sea Salt - As needed
- Pepper - As needed
- Olive Oil - As needed
- Flour - 1/2 Cup
1. You will need a cast iron pan or non stick pan.
2. Clean and gut one dozen Caplin or as many as you like.
3. Then in a bowl add flour, sea salt, pepper and mix together.
4. Then roll Caplin in the flour mixture and place on a plate.
5. Start the heat on your pan and add the fat pork, butter and oil of choice, until the fat pork starts to cook.
6. Then add a few Caplin fry until golden brown on each side, this will only take a few minutes.
7. Then remove from heat and drizzle with lemon and serve with boiled potatoes and fresh bread, or side dish of choice.
There is so many ways you can cook or eat Caplin, pan fried in scrunchions or smoked, pickled and dried. If you have eaten Caplin before you will enjoy them anyway you have them. This video is for pan fried Caplin and served with homemade bread and boiled potatoes.
This time in the season between June and July Caplin starts to roll in on the beaches across Newfoundland and Labrador to spawn and people go out to try and catch them with nets and buckets. Caplin is use not only for people to eat, they are eaten attracted by other predators including fish, whales, seabirds. People use the Caplin in their gardens over vegetable’s for national fertilizer. We also use Caplin season as a sport to go out to the beaches and watch the Caplin roll and sometimes if you are really lucky there may be a cod or two roll in with them. 😊
These smoked Caplin are usually warmed over a campfire or BBQ for people to enjoy as a snack” they are so good. Mmmmm
I can remember when I was a child my dad and mom would take us Caplin watching and we would be having so much fun on the beach. Most Newfoundland beaches are small round rocks not sand, my dad had a big cast net that would fly out into the water and he would pull it tight then drag it in full of Caplin. We would have five gallon white buckets there on the beach waiting for dad to open up the net and the Caplin would go in the buckets and over the beach. I can hear all of us girls screaming watching the Caplin just flip and flop everywhere.
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