Steckerlfisch ("steckerl" means "small stick" or "pole" in the Bavarian dialect) is a fish grilled on a stick in the traditional way of a fisherman or camper. It is considered a speciality of Austria, Bavaria, and Franconia. The dish is commonly served in beer garden and on folk festivals and has nothing to do with the dried Stockfish.
Steckerlfisch is a very popular meal at the Munich Oktoberfest. It was the Oktoberfest which made the dish popular. A local fish merchant introduced Steckerlfisch to the fair in the early part of the 20th century.
The whole gutted fish are marinated in a hearty mixture of oil, spices and garlic and skewered on sticks of about 60 cm length. The sticks are then fixed in a way that the fish are positioned upside-down and angular next to the embers. During the process of grilling they are brushed a few times with the marinade so that the skin becomes crispy.
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