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It is getting to be that time of year when we have an abundance of fresh-caught fish! Our favorite way to eat fish is fried. Healthy right? All things in moderation my friends. ♥ Louisiana brand Fish Fry has always been our go-to. It’s the best store-bought fish fry, hands down. My only issue is I can never find a giant bag of it! Running out of fish fry is not fun. The recipes I’ve tried in the past were sub-par, to say the least. But I am happy to tell you, I found the Best Fish Fry Breading Recipe EVER!
We’re going to turn this beautiful Mackinaw into crispy golden goodness! Can you believe this fish has been in the freezer since February??!!
I personally am a fair-weather fisherwoman, I’ll leave the ice fishing up to my husband!
Finding This Recipe
was luck of the draw, let me tell you what. Our local library was having a book sale. You know sometimes they sell old library books for dirt cheap!
As I was perusing the cookbook section, my eyes landed on this beautiful purple binding with the word “soul” sticking out like a sore thumb. As I reached for the book I thought oh yes, give me some good soul food recipes!I just love some good old comforting soul food? Click To Tweet
A quick thumb through and a scan of the index led me to the Best Fish Fry Breading Recipe. I already knew I wanted the book, but that was it.
The Fish Fry recipe was the deciding factor. Listed under “Essential Recipes”. Yes, ma’am! Thank you, Miss Delilah, for such a fantastic recipe and cookbook! ♥
Where Can I Find Delilah’s Everyday Soul Cookbook?
Well for starters, Amazon of course! And by the way, if you don’t want to make your own fish fry, even though it’s super easy, you can buy Louisiana fish fry by the gallon on Amazon.
You’re welcome! 🙂
If you’re not an Amazon person you can also find this book on betterworldbooks.com by clicking the title below.
Better World Books is an online used book store. I have found tons of books that I love for super cheap! They are an amazing company! For every book you purchase they donate a book to someone in need. Better World Books has partnered with Books For Africa and Feed the Children to take loads of donated books to those in need. ♥ How great is that?!
You can get Delilah’s Everyday Soul Cookbook for under $4.00 and free shipping on Betterworldbooks.com! Click the cover photo below! ↓
5 Simple Ingredients!
All you need for this recipe is flour, cornmeal, salt, pepper, and your favorite cajun seasoning. The recipe makes 2 3/4 cups of Fish Fry. You can double it up if you like and keep it in an airtight container. That’s what I like to do.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (YOU CAN MAKE THIS GLUTEN FREE BY USING AN ALL PURPOSE 1 FOR 1 GLUTEN FREE FLOUR!)
- 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 1/2 tsp seasoned salt (Lawry’s is the best, but you can also make your own!) This time around I used pink sea salt because I was all out of seasoned salt.
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning (I love Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning but use whatever you like)
Mix all the ingredients in a medium bowl and store at room temperature in an airtight container.
How Do I Use Best Fish Fry Breading Recipe?
I keep calling it “fish fry” but she calls it “Fish Flour” in her cookbook. All I know for sure is, it is the BEST Fish Fry Breading Recipe I have ever tried!
Anyway, now that you’ve got your fish fry all mixed up you might like to know exactly how to use it. Use it just the same way you would use Louisiana brand Fish Fry. With one secret ingredient that will send your fried fish OVER, THE, TOP!
Louisiana Fish Fry package directions say to dip your fish in water and then in the dry flour mixture. Then fry as normal.
Are you ready for my secret ingredient?
Yep. Yellow mustard! Add about 1/4 cup yellow mustard to your dipping water and mix it up well.
Yellow mustard adds some zip to your fried fish that you never knew you were missing. Click To Tweet
After you dip the fish in the mustard water and then the fish flour, you will want to fry your fish in oil that is at least 350°. Keep your oil temp between 350°-375°.
I actually don’t use a thermometer but all the “experts” say that’s the desired temperature for frying fish. My burner is set to medium and I test the heat by adding a pinch of fish fry to the oil. If it bubbles, it’s ready for my fish. This is what it will look like when you add a pinch of fish flour to oil that is ready to go.
What type of oil is best to use when frying fish?
So here’s the deal, there is not really a “best” oil for frying fish. However, you DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT, want to use olive oil!! Olive oil has a very strong flavor and it will definitely affect the taste of the fish.
A mild tasting high heat oil is perfect. Vegetable oil, canola oil, or peanut oil is fantastic. And depending on your taste, coconut oil is a great option!! We love to use coconut oil for fried fish. The flavor is INSANE!
In my opinion, coconut oil is the best oil for deep frying fish!
A Few Tips to Ensure Success!
PRO TIP: If your cooking oil isn’t hot enough the breading will be soggy and your fish will absorb a ton of oil. Gag! On the other hand, if the oil is too hot, the breading will burn. No Bueno!
Fry up 4-5 equal-sized pieces of fish until golden brown. Turning only once.
BONUS PRO TIP:
Let the oil drain off on a cooling rack.
Would you just take a moment and look at that perfectly crisp golden goodness.
Some folks like to drain their fried fish on paper towels, dish towels, or paper bags. These will work to absorb oil but when you put hot fish on a towel, moisture tends to build between the fish and the towel. When that moisture builds it makes the breading soggy.
Draining on a cooling rack allows for airflow preventing the build-up of moisture.
You didn’t go through all the trouble to perfectly fry your fresh fish, just to have the finished product ruined in the last few moments before it touches your mouth.
No. You did all this to sink your teeth into a crispy golden brown flakey succulent fish nugget.
My mouth is watering.
3 Ways to Serve Your Perfectly Fried Fish.
- My family’s favorite way to eat fried fish is Baja Fish Tacos! SOOOOOO good!
And if you make the fish tacos here is my Chipotle Cream Sauce Recipe For Fish Tacos. 🙂
2. Sometimes we like to serve it with coleslaw and mac n cheese.
3. Or a classic fish sandwich with pickles, mayo, cheese, and lettuce. Yum!
The Best Fish Fry Breading Recipe
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cups yellow cornmeal
- 1 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp cajun or creole seasoning
- Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and store at room temperature in an airtight container.
Leigh Ann ♥