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Assortment of fried seafood, fish fry after beach day

Basic Fish Fry Recipe

This basic fish fry recipe is perfect for frying any kind of seafood or fresh water fish.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  • 4 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 8 ounces filleted fish or 4 whole fish


  • Preheat a deep fryer to 375 degrees, or heat oil in a Dutch oven to 375 degrees.
  • On a large plate or in a bread pan, add flour, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon of pepper, and 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Mix well.
  • On another plate or bread pan, combine 2 tablespoons of water with the eggs and mix until frothy.
  • On another plate or bread pan, mix cornmeal, garlic powder, the remaining 1 teaspoon of cayenne and black pepper, and the remaining 3 tablespoons of salt.
  • Dip fish into the flour, then the egg mixture, then the cornmeal mixture. Place on a cooling rack until you are ready to fry. Repeat steps with the remaining fish.
  • Deep fry the fish in the fryer or Dutch oven a few pieces at a time. Fry until brown and crispy, about 3 to 4 minutes or more depending on the size.
  • Remove from the fryer and place onto a cooling rack. Repeat until all the fish are fried and serve with lemons, hot sauce, and my zesty homemade fish sauce.