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How to Kill The Savory Snakehead Fish

By Edited Jan 2, 2016 1 2



Native to Asia and to a lesser extent parts of Africa, the legendary snakehead fish is known to have attacked small animals in the middle of the night. Snakehead fishes stalk prey from the small ponds in the state of Maryland to the canals of Boca Raton, Florida.

Despite their insatiable appetite for small fish, insects, worms, tadpoles, and occasionally frogs, the snakehead fish is also known for their flavorful appeal. Specifically, savory snakehead fish soup! This is a recipe for another Asian delicacy.


Virginia Department of Natural Resources - Wikimedia Commons

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups water
  • 3 lb. snakehead (live)
  • 1 tbsp. rice
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Asian fish sauce to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 lemons (sliced)


Step 1 - Kill the snakehead fish by removing the head. Remove the gills from the body. Remove the internal organs.

Step 2 - Fillet the snakehead, and cut it into 1 inch chunks.

Step 3 - Chop scallions. Chop lemongrass fine. Chop and mince garlic. Slice lemons into wedges.

Step 4 - Boil two cups of water. Add the fish and rice. Let simmer for 10 minutes.

Step 5 - Add the chopped scallions, finely chopped lemongrass, minced garlic, and fish sauce (fish sauce is salty). Cook for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 6 - Taste, salt to taste. Fill serving bowls.

Step 7 - Add fresh ground black pepper to taste. along with a few lemon wedges, and serve.

Tips and Warnings

  • Abbreviations Used in This Article:
  • ~
  • lb. = pound
  • tbsp. = tablespoon
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  • WARNING: In some states within the US, it is s it illegal to possess a snakehead fish.

Photo Credits

Wikimedia Commons, Stock.XCHNG, Flickr, and Original Work





Nov 29, 2009 1:13am
There was a confirmed snake head catch relatively close to me, in the Rock River of Wisconsin. The DNR was asking anyone that caught one to kill it at one point.

The recipe sounds good, but I'm not sure I'll ever be able to catch one. I bet it would work with virtually any fish.

Very interesting and unique article!
Apr 3, 2012 1:35pm
Thank you for this informative article.
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