european conger eel

Catch It and Cook It – Conger Eel

Catch It

The largest species of eel found in European waters, growing up to three meters in length the Conger is relatively common around British shores living amongst rocks and hiding inside shipwrecks. It is rarely eaten and usually chucked back when caught by fishermen.

conger eel on fish counter
Strap Conger Eels

Eels caught by UK boats for sport that are not returned are exported to the EU as we Brits are not fond of these slippery predators. However, they make really good meals with their firm flesh and distinctive taste. This makes them particularly suitable for Portuguese Caldeira or French bouillabaisse style cooking.

Strap Congers

Strap congers, which are immature eels, have been caught in increasing numbers over recent years. My sons and I regularly catch them on fishing trips from the south coast.

My son with a strap conger
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Recipe – Conger Eel with an Aromatic Crust

I am on a mission to raise the culinary profile of the conger eel. So I have collected together some really great recipes which bring out the best in this impressive fish.

conger eel steak with potatoes

Conger Eel with an Aromatic Crust

This wonderful recipe of conger with aromatic crust is ideal for a Winter dinner with friends or family.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Marinating 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Portugese
Servings 4
Calories 934 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 kg Conger eel steaks
  • 1 Lemon
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Parsley to taste
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Thyme to taste
  • 2 tbsp Breadcrumbs
  • 200 ml Olive oil
  • Sea salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Put the fish on a baking dish and season with salt, pepper, lemon juice and lemon slices. Let it marinate for about 20 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF). Drizzle the fish with 150 ml of the olive oil and bake for about 20 minutes. Occasionally, drizzle the fish with the sauce.
  • Meanwhile, put the parsley and the garlic in a food processor and pulse until well chopped. Put the mixture in a bowl, add the breadcrumbs and thyme and mix all ingredients.
  • Briefly remove the fish from the oven, sprinkle with the previous mixture and drizzle with the remaining olive oil. Put the fish back in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the crust starts to turn golden brown.
  • Serve with roasted potatoes.

Nutrition

Calories: 934kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 47gFat: 80gSaturated Fat: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 1g
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Try one of these recipes from my cookbook …

These recipes use conger steaks not fillets so no skinning is necessary:

Conger Eel Steaks with Cider
Eel steaks poached in a cider based stock
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Caldeirada de Enguias
Classic Portuguese Fish Stew with Conger Eel
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Bouillabaisse a La Marseillaise
Bouillabaisse is a traditional Provençal fish stew originating from the port city of Marseille.
Check out this recipe
bouillabaisse
Jellied Conger Eel
A traditional East End of London dish adapted for conger eel.
Check out this recipe
jellied eel portion

The following recipes use fillets of conger so your eel needs to be prepared. We can show you how to skin and fillet a conger.

Caldillo de Congrio
Chilean Conger Eel Stew
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caldillo de congrio
Stir Fried Eel with Black Bean Sauce
A quick and easy Asian dish well suited to firm fish
Check out this recipe
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fish measure

Please observe minimum size limits when fishing.

Use a measure like this one from Tronixpro.

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