Golden Fried Fish Recipe

Golden Fried Fish

Flavorful Golden Fried Fish recipe that’s simple and easy to make any night of the week.

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I can’t take credit for this recipe it’s completely my husbands. If you’ve followed El’s Kitchen Comforts then you know I’m not big on frying. Getting popped with hot grease is not my idea of fun. So I tend to stay away from those recipes. Of course, luckily for you guys Hubby is also a star in the kitchen. So this Golden Fried Fish recipe is all his doing.

Love, love, love, fried fish. When fried right, I’d eat it like it’s potato chips. Alright, I might be exaggerating just a little bit but that’s really how much I love this recipe. It holds a special place in my heart. When I was younger my parents would also have fish on Fridays. Absolute favorite when my mother decided to fry fish. It’s those tasty little traditions where the family gathers and laughs that are so memorable. I love family dinners.

Golden Fried Fish

Which is why I was so happy that hubby could whip up this little taste of family comfort for me. Some golden fried fish just like my mom makes. The best thing about this recipe is that it’s really simple. A little salt and pepper on the fish and then it’s dipped right into the cornmeal mix. Yup!! Fry it up and you’ve got yourself some really delicious golden fried fish.

You’ve got to love a simple and quick recipe that will excite the family’s tastebuds.

Here are a couple of tips to make sure your fish comes out perfectly

  • Use a cast iron pan or dutch oven.
  • Make sure the heat is 375 (quick frying locks in flavor and keep your fish from becoming oily).
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan (too many fish in the pan will drop the heat of the oil).
  • Allow fish to cool on a cooling rack (this will help the fish stay crispy).

Personally, I’m a big fan of a fried fish sandwich but it’s also delicious with some rice and corn salad. Oh, and don’t forget the hot sauce. You’ve gotta have hot sauce.

Golden Fried Fish

Makes 4 servings


  • 1 1/2- 2 pounds whiting fillets
  • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

Tools: cast iron pan or dutch oven, spatula, cooling rack


Preheat oil in a cast iron pan/dutch oven to 375 degrees F.

Pat fish dry and season with salt and pepper.

In a large bowl, mix cornmeal, salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Dip fish into cornmeal mixture making sure it’s covered on both sides.

Deep fry fish for about 3 to 4 minutes until crispy and golden brown. Do not overcrowd the pan.

Remove fish from oil and place on a metal cooling rack.

Golden Fried Fish Recipe

Hubby served with golden fried fish with rice and mixed vegetables. Of course, the Southern girl in me also had it with grits and eggs for breakfast the next day.


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2 thoughts on “Golden Fried Fish Recipe

  1. This fish was amazing!!! I didn’t have any coriander and, I used a regular skillet. It was so good!! To make it even crispier, I double fried it. After it was finished cooking, I dipped it in the batter again and refried it for a minute or two. I loved it!!!

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