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Thread: Scallops or Sting Ray .. Can you tell the Difference?

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    Default Scallops or Sting Ray .. Can you tell the Difference?

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    During the Pink Dress Open 08, One of the guys on our boat harvested a ray. And Reelkeen asked how we were going prep and cook. I decided to document the process as i went along. I have always been told that sting ray wasnt worth harvesting unless because the yeild and amout of work to process makes it hardly worth while. I have also heard that you need to use a pipe with a sharpened end to cut out circles. And finally that sr tastes like scallops. I didnt have a pipe and cut circles, so i decided to wing it. Let see where this takes us.
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    Since i didnt have anything ready to punch out scallop sized circles and not really sure how it would cook up, I decided to slice and cut along the connective tissue holding the muscles together. When I was done I had lots of thin strips of meat. They look tasty, but it took a awhile to cut each piece. Finally similarly to shark I soaked the strip in milk. I’m going to let them soak for at least a day or so, and then decide how I want to cook them. I’m thinking about panko, and pan frying some and dipping in sweet/spicy thai pepper sauce, or maybe a white wine cream sauce or alfredo. Probably try several different ideas.
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    cont
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    the milk has already turned a pinkish shade
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    Grant fryed up one of those things and the Dog would not even eat it. Good luck
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    I agree, I have eaten them before, several different ways, and there is no way anyone, could think it was a scallop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevemc1 View Post
    I agree, I have eaten them before, several different ways, and there is no way anyone, could think it was a scallop.
    not even lots of rum?
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    you have gone this far now you can't go back. It may turn out better for you than it did for me. ...

    One tip for the future... since there is no regulation, you can cut the wings off on the boat and just bring them back and not the entire ray which takes up a lot of space and ice in cooler... I have heard too many people say good things about them so there must be somthing to it.
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    Properly taken care of stingray, bled, gutted, and iced, is a tasty white fish compareable to grouper, IMO. More effort to process but quite palatable.
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    The whole stingray (and shark) made into scallops by restaurants is an urban legend. Its one of those "I know a guy, who knows a guy, whos brother-in-laws uncle used to work at Red Lobster who "stamped" thier scallops of stingray wing. (like there is a fleet of stingray boats working in secret out there) Hopefully your pics will help dispell this persistent myth. Clearly you could not make a scallop out of that nasty meat. I use them from crab bait sometimes and they are just gross. How about all the worms in their stomach cavity? Nasty.
    STINGRAY IS NOT USED TO MAKE FAKE SCALLOPS!

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    Don't mean to derail this thread, but how was it killed?

    Multiple shafts??
    Powerhead??
    Beat to death with an anchor??
    It just seems to me it would be a difficult thing to subdue.

    Can't wait to hear how it cooks up.

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    Just looked at the pics of the ray from the other post.
    Looks like a single, well placed shaft did the job.

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    i've heard stingray was used to make fake scallops.

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    So what happened to it? Is it still soaking in the milk? How did it turn out? We used to eat them all the time overseas but much smaller than that one. Not hogfish but good eating for sure...

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    Still soaking, probably will mess with it some tonight.
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    I've heard that scallops were used to make fake stingray.



    Quote Originally Posted by Grauwer View Post
    I didnt have a pipe and cut circles, so i decided to wing it.
    Pun intended?


    Check out the wing, looks like something already took a bite out of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by inletsurf View Post

    Pun intended?
    not when i typed it, but extremely funny in retrospect
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    Just wondering, was there any odor/peculiar scent to the meat when filleting?

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    Yes, the ray did stink but not as bad as a cuda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcus View Post
    Properly taken care of stingray, bled, gutted, and iced, is a tasty white fish compareable to grouper, IMO. More effort to process but quite palatable.
    I bet can fillet the ass holes off of a bucket of rats, and give it to you and tell you its chopped squid, and you'll come back and tell me that you soaked it in milk, fried it and it was better than grouper, won't you??

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