Small fish: whole vs "whole"
March 13, 2013 8:13 AM Subscribe
I'd been under the impression for many years that it was fine to cook and eat small (finger length-ish) fish whole; head, tail, AND guts. I can find a few articles on line supporting this, but they all use a different size standard, and there are virtually NO recipes I can find that suggest this practice. The recipes say they're for (e.g.) whole smelt, but the first step always involves gutting/cleaning them, which is a slightly different definition of whole than I thought.
posted by curious nu to Food & Drink (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've found three articles, and they all use different sizes; one said 6 inches and under, one 4 inches and under, and one 2 inches and under. Pretty much every recipe I've found for whole fried small fish involves cleaning (so.. not exactly whole).
The questions are:
1) When is it okay to eat fish guts? Particular sizes, cooking method, both, other?
2) Why is it not okay to eat fish guts? (food poisoning obviously, but I'm curious as to the particular beasties)