Country Recipe of How to Fry Fish in Cornmeal

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Easy Country Fried Fish

Jeff Baygents
This fried fish recipe is the best method of southern country cooking. It uses easy, common ingredients with a well-organized method to cook up quickly. Can be tilapia, flounder, catfish, trout, whiting, or other preferred filet.
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Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 2
Calories 389kcal


  • 1 lb fish filet 6-8 ozs per filet such as tilapia, whiting, flounder, etc.
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk 1 tsp lemon juice with each cup regular milk
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp Old Bay seasoning or ¼ tsp each basil & parsley flakes, ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • tsp Ground Black Pepper


  • Put the beaten egg and milk into 2 separate bowls to later drench the fish.
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  • Add flour, cornmeal, and seasonings to 1 bowl and mix it well. Put onto a saucer/plate.
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  • Prepare an organized production line of fish, egg bowl, milk bowl, flour w/seasonings plate, and fry pan on cooktop.
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  • Pour a very thin layer of oil into a frying pan and heat to medium.
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  • When oil is hot, drench each fish filet into the egg, followed by the milk, and then coat in the seasoned flour mixture. Place into the frying pan.
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  • Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side until fish is done.
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  • Place each cooked fish filet onto a paper towel to drain.
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  • Serve fish filet with other sides. Can have a bit of lemon juice and tartar sauce available as condiments.


Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 238mg | Sodium: 551mg | Potassium: 1041mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 207mg | Iron: 3mg


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Accompany this fish by making one of our homemade tartar sauce recipes.

Many sides are possible with this fish dinner such as saffron rice, macaroni and cheese, green beans, and others.

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