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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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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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How to Fry Fish in Cornmeal
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