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Old 09-09-2009, 11:11 PM   #1
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There seems to be a lack of info on the net about how to clean stingrays. I thought I would throw in my two cents. If the ignorant people in charge of the NMFS get to keep taking away our ability to get snapper and grouper, we may all be looking at stingray as something desirable to catch!

First of all, it is not worth it to me to try and catch/clean small stingray. They need to be at least the size of a trashcan lid or bigger. Small ones can be cleaned but do not yield as much meat. Also remember that manta rays and cow rays are protected.

Soooo, get one good stingray:



Feel over the topline for the girdle that makes up the body.



Identify the edge of the soft body cavity in the back half.



Use your knife to cut parallel to the hard skeletal girdle, moving towards the rear.



Continue parallel to the soft abdomen.



Deepen your cut all the way to the bottom of the wing, but not through it. Start turning your blade flat and running it parallel to the bottom wing to cut away the fillet. There is cartilage and some bone in the bottom wing, so I don't worry too much about getting every last bit of meat from it. If you do, you will wind up having to cut away the chunks that you accidentally cut off and left attached to the fillet.





Flip the fillet over once it is free and then fillet the meat from the skin.





That should leave you with a nice piece of meat! This piece was at least a couple pounds.



Repeat on side number two:





and this is what you should be left with:





Sautee in a pan with some butter and olive oil. Just salt, pepper, and dust with old bay. Tastes just like scallops to me!
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:18 PM   #2
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Wow, that's awesome. Thanks for documenting that.
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:22 PM   #3
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Doc, I heard that the cow rays were an invasive species and you could kill all of them you want.

Is this wrong?
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:23 PM   #4
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Thanks ! very informative . just might have to try one myself one day .
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i don't see myself eating one, but if i ever did i would go by this report. nice report.
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:26 PM   #6
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Don't know about being invasive. There certainly seems to be thousands of them. We saw at least a hundred in a couple hours time in Escambia Bay last night.
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Dude thats awesome, thanks for showing.
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Very informative. PETA would have a fit with that ray still looking alive though. Good stuff right there.
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Definitley gonna have to try one now. Have tossed around the idea before, just never felt like wrestling a big one into the boat.
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Old 09-10-2009, 06:55 AM   #10
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Dude that was a cool post we been eating ray meat along time it happens to be very good thanks for the tip
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