Better eating than I thought or heard...........
I had them before and they were oily tasting, which I don't prefer, but we must have done something right tonight. I caught 2 kings last week and decided we were going to make fish balls and fish cakes. I have never cooked king fish, but certainly heard horror stories about the meat. They came out great and were a hit with the family.
Soaked fillets in milk for an hour (or less). Only because this was a last minute decision, otherwise, I would have soaked them for a couple of hours at least.
For fried balls: Cube meat, coat them with mustard/mayonnaise and roll in fish fry. Then fry them up. Pretty good.
For fish cakes: I used the recipe a 2cooler provided. Place fish in pan and cook without oil or water, essentially like you are browning hamburger. The grey meat will turn white and should be a little mushy. Wife and I tried a piece and I never thought fish would taste as close to chicken as it did....funny. There was no fish taste. Anyway, add some dried potato (used to make mash potatoes) and a little water so that it's not too dry. I would say I added 3 tablespoons to about 4 lbs of fish. Cook for a couple of minutes, then add Bisquick. Same procedure as for the potato add. Add your spice or vegetables that you like. We didn't have any onions or jalapeno so I used onion/garlic powered and some seasoned salt. Then you make a patty out of them, roll them in your favorite fish fry or cracker and fry. We tried different combos and my favorite was a healthy sprinkle of Tony C's Creole Seasoning mixed into the patty, coated patty in egg, then rolled in Tony Z mild Fish Fry. They were as good as most crab cakes I had. All I could think of was how good would this be if I made patties with Snapper that I caught....lol. Then I thought, "no way!" We are eating snapper grilled.
I guess most of the success could be attributed to two things: 1) fresh meat and 2) absolutely no red meat in it.
Be brave, try it. I guarantee that serving these as a party tray at a party would be a hit.