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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Classic Fried Fish (McIlhenny Company)

Summer is made for fish fry's in my opinion. Growing up, we never really ate a lot of seafood or fish - which is weird in my opinion - because we lived right on the coast! Both of my parents eat it, so I'm not really sure why we didn't have it more often? It wasn't until I was an adult that I really tried some different kinds of seafood besides "fish sticks". Laugh, but I know some of y'all were in the same boat! ;)

I remember this one time when I lived in the Midwest, I went to this popular local restaurant with some friends. It was known for their fried catfish. I decided that's what I was going to order ..... and low and behold, when the bring it out to me, um, it still looked like a dag-gone fish! It had a tail and bones and I wasn't really sure what to do! What do you think I did?! Yep, I ate the other stuff and kind of looked around to see what other people were doing with their fish. Once I had observed enough, I decided to dig in .... and I understood what all the hype was about! I did go back to that restaurant a few other times, but that first experience remains the most ingrained in my mind!

Personally, I prefer my fish without bones and a tail - but do whatever floats your boat. I ain't here to judge no one!

Classic Fried Fish

Classic Fried Fish
Printable recipe
Yield: 4-6 servings

1½-2 lb. fish fillets (catfish, haddock, tilapia, cod, bluegill, etc ...)
¾ cup yellow cornmeal
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
¼ tsp. garlic powder
Vegetable oil, for frying

Combine the cornmeal, flour, salt, cayenne pepper and garlic powder. Coat the fish with the cornmeal mixture, shaking off excess. In a large, heavy skillet, fill it about half full with vegetable oil. Heat oil to 350°F. Add fish in a single layer and fry until golden brown, about 5-7 minutes - depending on the size. Remove the fish from the oil and drain on paper towels.

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  1. Thanks for a recipe I'll be using this week! I have a pound of cod in the freezer - kept looking at it and wondering what to do with it! Now I know!

  2. This fish looks fantastic, Jamie! I am now craving fried fish! :)

  3. Fried fish {& chips} is huge in SA, but I don't make it that often as we have a Seafood takeaway 5 minutes away from us {and they deliver!} Pinned your recipe because it looks delish and easy {and we don't really have the "resources" for ordering takeaways now ;-)}

  4. Looks delicious! To me, the key ingredient here is the yellow cornmeal! We had a fish fry earlier this summer and my husband wanted to purchase the bagged seasoning but I talked him into making his own. In the first batch, he accidentally used white cornmeal and after he remade it using the yellow, you could definitely tell the difference!

  5. Hahaha...I prefer my fish without bones as well! I would have done the same thing :) Even when we caught our own fish, my Dad made it no longer look like a fish before it hit the table.

  6. I could eat fried fish til the cows come home. You don't know how much I want to dig into that plate of fish! The first time I had fried fish at my in laws' house, they fried the whole dang thing, bones, fins, tail...everything but the head. I was like "what the heck?" And they ate their fish with yellow mustard instead of tartar sauce (one of my life's loves). Again, "what the heck?" It's all good though. Great plan to stall and get some recon going on! You are one smart lady! Thank you for linking, Jamie.

  7. Girl I'm sending my 5 yo over to your place! You just cooked the meal this mama can't cook...well now I'm going to have to! He would love the "crunchies" like he calls them! Thank you for sharing and pinning of course to my Happy Meal Box board!

  8. My dad hates fish but I've been looking for great recipes he will enjoy. I cannot wait to try this one!

  9. I love fried fish but I've never really had luck making it at home. I really want to try your recipe, but I'll have to wait for a cooler day. I don't have AC and frying things right now doesn't sound too appealing!


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