Best Way to Prepare Fish Wings

 In Fish Wings, Seafood

It’s so easy to forget about some things… the embarrassing moments of your teenage angst, 2000s fashion style, and among other things, fish wings. However, fish wings differ from other aspects left forgotten by actually doing a lot more good when featured on a plate as often as possible. Not only are these tiny fish bits incredibly delicious when prepared the right way, but they also contribute to the amazing notion of cooking sustainability. And, of course, they’re an ideal snack for everyone following a specific diet, be it pescatarian or calorie counting. Now that we cleared up the misunderstanding so that you never throw away the fish wings again, let’s talk about the best fish wings recipe – or a couple of them because there’s not just one way to enjoy this affordable and tasty delicacy.

Southern Fried Barramundi Wings with Hot Sauce and Ranch Dressing


If you’re unsure where to start for your first fish sauce wings recipe, you really cannot go wrong with this one. It’s almost impossible to mess up and chances are everyone who gets to try this dish out will love it. The following recipe details can accommodate 4 servings.

  • Start by preparing 52-70 oz of scaled fish wings
  • Whisk 2 eggs
  • Prepare 1 cup of your favorite seasoning (Big Red Rub is an easy choice)
  • Set aside 2 cups of starch
  • Get the oil for deep frying
  • Prepare the salt as well as the serving essentials: hot sauce, lemon, ranch dressing, and coleslaw
  • Get the pot that you can deep fry in

With all the ingredients and essentials ready, it’s time to coat the fish wings. Toss the wings into the red seasoning and coat them thoroughly. Then add the eggs and make sure that the wings are coated with the new mix as well. Once this bit is done, it’s time to add the starch for the third layer of coating. Keep in mind that the final coating result of your fish wings should be on the drier side so add the starch gradually and possibly use more of it if 2 cups won’t coat the fish wings properly.

While you’re busy with the coating, put your pan on the stove and heat the oil. Around 350 F would be ideal for deep frying. When you’re happy with the oil temperature, place your coated fish wings in the oil and fry them for about 4 minutes.

Remove the fried wings from the pan and drain the oil as much as possible. Once that’s done, all you have to do is sprinkle the wings with salt, sauce, and dressing, and add coleslaw and/or lemon on the side. Voila!

Grilled Stripey Trumpeter Wings

It’s not necessary to deal with coating the fish wings if you’re more interested in the good old grilling technique. However, you’ll have to remove the wings on your own. For this, it would be best to use regular kitchen scissors so that you can cut the wings behind the gills. Working from the top to the bottom of the fish will prove the most efficient as you’ll have to go through a couple of bones as well. But once the wings are cut, all you have to do is remove all of the scales and rinse them thoroughly.

Essentially, you don’t need that many ingredients for grilled stripey trumpeter wings; 8-12 wings together with around 50 ml of olive oil, sea salt, and lemon wedges are all you’ll need, which will be enough for about 4 servings.

You want to preheat your barbecue grill while you wash and dry the wings and prepare them for the grilling by soaking them in oil and adding salt for seasoning. When you put the wings on the grill, place them the fin-side first. Grill both sides for about 3 minutes, and you’re done. Serve your grilled stripey trumpeter wings with the lemon wedges.

Spiced Roasted Snapper Wings with Ranch Dressing


For the lovers of all things spicy, there’s a fish wing recipe that won’t leave you disappointed. Snapper is the ideal fish for this particular dish as the flesh is without a doubt the sweetest available, which pairs amazingly well with the spices. Before you start cutting make sure that you have already scaled the fish entirely, as the size and shape of the snapper will make it much easier to work with when there are no scales to deal with later on. Aside from the 52-70 oz of snapper wings, you’ll also need to prepare the following:

  • 3 tablespoons of roasted, ground cumin seeds
  • 3 tablespoons of sumac
  • 1½ tablespoons of sweet smoked paprika
  • Olive oil and finely grated lemon zest
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper
  • Ranch dressing and lemon wedges to serve

Before anything else, make sure to thoroughly mix the spices (cumin, sumac, and paprika) until they’re well combined. Then turn your barbecue on or preheat the oven to 350 F, whatever you feel more comfortable with.

Now that you’re done with that, it’s time to split the snapper wings in half. You can cut them with a sharp knife down the middle, thus creating “two wings”. With that task completed, it’s time to place the wings in a large mixing bowl where you’ll mix the wings with some olive oil, lemon zest, and the mixture of spices. Make sure to mix well until the wings are well coated, and then proceed to mix a bit more while adding salt and pepper to your liking. Don’t hesitate to rub the seasoning and mixture into the wings with your hands if necessary.

When the fish wings are prepared and ready to cook, you can either grill them on the barbecue or roast them in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. Serve the dish with the ranch dressing and lemon wedges and your delicious spicy goodness is ready to consume!

You can easily enjoy the specialty of fish wings in the comfort of your own home and become an amazing chef for your family and friends. It’s sad that most people these days simply discard fish wings but the truth is that this particular bit of the fish tends to be rather sweet and tasty. Not only will you be able to add a completely new recipe to your cookbook, but you’ll also get to prepare your meals more sustainably. 

In case you’d like to get a taste of crunchy and delicious fish wings before trying to make them yourself, don’t hesitate to visit us at Stiltsville Fish Bar. We serve our customers with the most delicious and juiciest seafood specials that are bound to become your favorite meal.

The mix of delicious seafood and refreshing drinks go great with our idyllic restaurant setting at the very heart of Miami’s Sunset Harbor. Choose between indoor dining tables and outdoor hammock chairs to match the taste to however you feel at that moment. Whatever you decide to go with, you can immerse in the picturesque view of the sunset and harbor while enjoying your meal.

Feel free to check out our menu online so that you can prepare yourself for the customer-oriented service at Stiltsville Fish Bar. Bon Appétit!

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