A Family Tradition: Pan Fried Fish for Breakfast

Pan fried fish was a tasty breakfast meal for one family.

| May/June 2012

  • Fried Fish In A Pan
    Soaked in salt water the night before, pan fried fish made a quick breakfast meal in the morning.
    Alexandr Blinov/Fotolia

  • Fried Fish In A Pan

A small river ran through the family farm in the northwestern part of Missouri where I grew up. Papa and Grandpa both liked to fish.

About once a week, from early spring to late autumn, in the late afternoon or early evening after the day’s work and chores were finished, Grandpa would come to our house to go fishing.

Grandpa felt that we should not talk while we sat, holding the fishing pole with the baited hook in the water. He was certain the fish would be more apt to bite if we were quiet.

It was always a thrill when someone caught something, but since none of us children felt any spiritual value of meditation at that time, the times in between catching fish sometimes seemed too long.

Tasty breakfast meal

We didn’t have electricity, nor a refrigerator, and the iceman did not deliver ice to farms in our neighborhood. That meant we had to eat the fish fairly quickly, before it spoiled.

So, we cleaned the fish, washed them thoroughly in cold water from the well, and salted them down with a good amount of salt. Then we covered them with cold water and sat the container of fish in the cellar, where it would be as cold as possible.



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