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Video: Hoopa Home Chef Cooks Up Traditional Lamprey Eel In a New Way

Hoopa home chef Meagen Baldy cooks up some traditional lamprey eel in a new way—get ready for some tasty stir fry.
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In this installment of Cooking Healthy in Indian Country, Meagen Baldy shows viewers how to prepare an indigenous food, eel, but in a new way—a stir fry.

She begins by chopping up broccoli and carrots. “Now, a lot of people don’t use the broccoli stalk as much, it’s an underutilized part of the vegetable, but it’s very high in vitamins and different nutrients. I recommend using the stalk,” she says in the video.

She shows viewers how to filet the eel since it will curl up in the frying pan. She coats the eel in a bit of flour.

“Traditionally, lamprey eel is caught where the Klamath River meets the Pacific Ocean,” she says in the video. “Traditionally it is caught by men… we clean them up, some people cook them, some people can them. I like to have it roasted over a nice, warm barbecue fire… this is a different way of eating it, but the flavor profile will be awesome, I promise.”

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