Enjoy a whole fish and an invasive species!
several whole Ta’ape (or other small fish) gutted, gilled, and scaled
peanut oil or other frying oil
Cornmeal or Panko, enough to coat fish
Heat oil in deep frying pan or wok til slightly smoking
Use a paring knife to make slits in the sides of the fish- this keeps the fish from curling up when frying. Lightly coat the fish in cornmeal or panko.
Carefully add in the fish, making sure to lay fish away from you to prevent splashing
Flip the fish after a couple minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish
Take the fish out and place on a paper towel lined plate or baking sheet. Pat it dry with the paper towel and sprinkle with salt. Squeeze the lemon to taste.
Serve with poi, cheese grits, fries, coleslaw, or even salad if you want to be healthy, lol.