Sunday, June 08, 2008

Hey ...Sweet Cheeks!

Not the greatest shot...but these are halibut cheeks. In the background you can see the copper river salmon I just got..when I bought the cheeks. Taylor's Market...again.

So, halibut cheeks are not cheap. They look sort of like scallops eh? I wrapped them nicely and was forced to freeze them. I hated to do they were FRESH. I want to cook them for people who will appreciate them. Let me know if you want to come and have some sweet cheeks. If you have ever had them (I have not), let me know how they were cooked. I could whip up some Copper River Salmon too!


Dale said...

Now I know why I've been biting the inside of my cheeks all day! So they're tender when you cook them up!

Eileen and Sue said...

YES!! Love fish cheeks.. fish heads actually :) They are the best part of the fish!

Anonymous said...

We bought those halibut cheeks yesterday too at Taylors. Making them tonite!


Hahn at Home said...

Peter, who owned a gasthaus in my village in Germany would have his wife fry the trout lightly - then, we'd dig into the cheek and take it out - it was succulent. And chew the fried fins, which were kind of like fish potato chips. Yum.

Emily said...

Nice catch - I love halibut cheeks! We're having a salmon recipe contest and giving the winner 15 lbs. of wild salmon - so if you do something special with that salmon, make sure to enter your recipe at!

Your Pal Pinki said...

We are loving the fish this Spring and never ever heard of sweet cheeks. I suppose whatever you do as long as you don't over cook them they'll taste yummy. We like to foil wrap our salmon with a little mayo and seasonings and plop them on the barbie. Last night we left them on too long and they got a little dry. It didn't go to waste, for sure, we still gobbled it up.

Mike S said...

Lightly sauteed in butter would be my choice. For gawd's sake don't overcook and ruin such lucious food. Got cousins with commercial boats that always save cheeks, scallops, and other goodies for when they wander this way:)

(p.s. wrote a note to Jeremy, mail manana)

Melly/Melody/or Mel said...

Dale, doesn't that hurt? If you want me to butter and braise your cheeks..I will.

Eileen, fish heads?

Jenny, how did you cook em?

Lori, you describe uni the same way..should I be worried?

Emily, I'll see what I can come up with.

PP, isn't it a deadly sin to overcook salmon?

Mike, I wouldn't even think about overcooking my cheeks. That hurts as much as chewing on em. Thanks, for writing Jer. He called today and sounds horrible..coughing lots, scratchy voice. He will be pleased and shocked to get a letter from a stranger.Thanks much.

Anonymous said...

I put a little salt on them, and sauteed in olive oil for about 2minutes each side, and then dumped some butter in to brown them. They were good, but made the house stink.


Melly/Melody/or Mel said...


Made the house stink like fish?? I thought they tasted like lobster when cooked with butter.?
How did you serve them...with what side dishes?

Anonymous said...

The house definitely smelled like fish. We had them as an appetizer to dinner, which was a split bledsoe pork chop, mixed greens and red potatoes.