Pickled lamprey

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This gourmet dish is a homage to exotic dishes. If you are squeamish and don't like experiments in food, this dish is not for you, unfortunately. Lamprey, and smelt, in St. Petersburg - the dish is seasonal. Lamprey is not a fish, and the parasite. And the attitude of the special.

Ingredients for Pickled lamprey

Step by step instruction of cooking Pickled lamprey

Шаг 1

Ideally, the lamprey needs to be alive. But if they are already asleep, do not worry, most importantly, they should not be bright. Dark lamprey - fresh.
The lamprey is covered with poisonous slime, so before cooking it should be thoroughly removed. To do this, grate each lamprey with coarse salt and let soak 5 minutes. After that, thoroughly rinse away the mucus along with the salt. The procedure should be repeated several times until, until the lamprey is no longer slimy. Sometimes I still help brush or coarse sponge to carefully wash them.

Шаг 2

Next you need to cut the lampreys into pieces, roll in flour and fry ON very HOT PAN in vegetable oil for 4-5 minutes on each side until brown. Lamprey is very oily, so much oil pouring into the pan is not necessary, it will give your fat when roasting. It is important lampreys to fry on strong fire, because it is only through roasting that the poison contained in the slime, will not pass into the meat. And then the vinegar in the marinade, neutralizes residues.

Шаг 3

Put pus in a container where you will marinate them. At the same fat fry the onion and carrot and add to the lampreys, I have my vegetables burnt on the photo :) you Can use only the bow, and not even roasted, and cut into rings, I did, too good. The fat from the pan also drain to the same.

Шаг 4

Next, make the marinade. The marinade is a matter of taste. Someone who likes witty, someone who is sweet. With the marinade you can experiment.
I do 1 liter of water: 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp of salt, Bay leaf 2-3 pieces, bell pepper 3-4 pieces, 3-4 pieces allspice, clove buds 3-4 pieces. Boil, simmer for 5 minutes, add 9 % vinegar 3-4 tbsp Boil for 1 minute, remove and pour the hot marinade. Vinegar you can add more to your taste.