Southern Pan fried whiting fish seasoned then fried until crispy and golden. Tender, flaky whiting fish is so delicious! Perfect with hushpuppies or a side of coleslaw.
If you love this fish recipe you'll really enjoy my crispy tuna patties with lemon garlic, herbs and parmesan. Amazing!
Southern Fried Fish
Fried fish sandwich
I love to eat my fried fish with tartar sauce. Make your own quick tartar sauce or buy a quality one and let's not forget about wheat bread. Slather the tartar sauce over each slice of wheat bread (or your choice of bread).
I always add tartar sauce onto both sides, a bit more on one side and minimal tartar sauce on the other slice of bread. Add the fried crispy fish on top of the tartar sauce with bread then drizzle on the hot sauce.
I'm telling you if you haven't tried frying whiting fish, nows your chance. This recipe uses frozen whiting fish but if you can get your hands on fresh whiting..Omg it' even better!
How to make Pan fried fish
This recipe is too easy. Whiting only takes 3-4 minutes on each side to fully cook.
Tips to make this fried whiting fish
Use a heavy bottom pan or cast iron skillet to fry the fish
Use your choice of fish. Tilapia, whiting, cod or catfish. I used whiting fish.
If necessary, remove the bones from the fish
To make this gluten-free, don't use flour.
Pat the fish dry before you dredge them.
Season the fish lightly with salt. Add pepper
Gently press the breading onto the fish and shake off excess flour before you add it to the oil.
Coat the fish then leave it alone for 10-15 minutes. the longer the better. This will help keep the coating from falling off.
Use a cast iron skillet or a heavy duty frying pan
Do not fill the skillet more than halfway with oil.
Once the temperature reaches 350F it's time to fry the fish.
Have you ever tried whiting fish? If so, I'd love to know. Leave a comment below.
Southern Pan Fried Fish
- 2 lb Fish Fillet whiting, cod, catfish
- salt and pepper for taste
- vegetable oil for frying
- ¾ cup cornmeal
- 1 tbsp all purpose flour
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper for taste
- Lightly season the fish with salt and pepper. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flours and all of the seasonings.
- Dredge the fillets in the breading mixture one at a time. Place the coated fillets on a parchment lined baking sheet. Let them sit for 10-15 minutes. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Fill the pan with the vegetable oil halfway.*See notes. Fry the fillets in batches but do not crowd the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. Drain on a paper towel. Serve immediately since the crispiness won't last very long!
- Use your choice of fish, whiting, cod, catfish.
- Make sure all the bones are removed from the fish.
- To make this gluten free, eliminate the flour.
- Pat the fish dry.
- Season the fish lightly with salt and pepper.
- Gently press the breading into the fish and shake off excess flour before you add it to the oil.
- Coat the fish then leave it alone for 10 minutes. This will help keep the coating from falling off.
- Use a good quality non-stick pan or cast iron skillet to fry your fish.
- Do not fill the skillet more than halfway with oil.
- Make sure the hot oil is @ the correct temperature (350 degrees F) before the fish is added to the skillet.
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I'm soo craving this right now!! I don't eat fish enough 🙂 This looks super good and easy, too!
I loooove fish. Thank you Stephanie!
I love love a good fried fish sandwich. It was actually my favorite thing to eat at MickyD's. Don't tell anyone!!!
Rezel I won't tell because I love it too! Haha! Thank you so much!
Looks amazing! This sounds great right now with tartar sauce! Yum. Thanks for the gluten free instructions as well :). That's appreciated since I am constantly having to figure out the best way to adapt a recipe. I bet it would also work well with a GF all purpose blend without gums added.
I do love fish! and I love fried fish, esp with a bit of cornmeal in the batter. Growing up in the South, my grandparents and relatives were big fish-fry eaters too. Lots of tartar sauce, lemon wedges and tobasco. My favorite is catfish, esp. if it was served with hush puppies! I believe there's room for keeping food traditions in a healthy lifestyle. Great post as always April!
You are making me hungry this morning! Yes, love it! Thank you, Catherine!
Elizabeth | The Recipe Revival
I love how golden brown and crispy the outside looks! I've never been a fan of fish, but this new year i'm trying things i wouldn't normally eat so I'll definitely have to give this a try!
Totally try it. You will be surprised how easy and tasty it is! Thanks Elizabeth!
Karyl | Karyl's Kulinary Krusade
I love a good fried fish as well! You are so right, there's nothing quite like it. I'm one of those people who will eat it almost straight out of the pan. I've never made my own tarter sauce, but I know it's so easy to do. Now you've inspired me for a new meal on the meal plan!
I had the urge to eat it straight from the pan but then I probably wouldn't be able to control myself and I needed them for pictures hahah. Thank you Karyl!
This looks delicious! I just made my kids fish and chips for New Year's Eve, and man, they were acting like your little brother, haha. I did a beer batter, since that's what I grew up with, but after reading your recipe, I realize that I probably could have added a bit more salt to mine without having overdone it. Next time!
People go nuts over fried fish haha. Fried fish is just amazing and simple! I'd take it over a juicy burger any day! Thank you!
April you brought back so many childhood memories for me haha! I loved reading your story about eating fried fish as a kid and having your brother always wanting your left overs! The same goes for me, except I had an older brother, and he ALWAYSSS ate my food LOL. I don't eat fish anymore but fried fish was def a staple in my house.
Haha! Brothers, I'll tell ya lol. I am making more fish this week. I can't get enough of it. Love fish. Thank you!
This recipe screams southern cooking! I love it! Pinning for later.
Thank you so much, Elle!
Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
Sounds so nice and crispy. Love that it much lighter than normal deep fried fish. Sounds like a great dinner option.
It is so delicious! I can eat fish any day of the week, baked,fried. I love it either way. Thank you Gloria.
I never tried a fried fish sandwich before! It looks delicious
You have to try it at least once. You'll be amazed! Thanks again Guadalupe.
Being raised in the South as well, this fried fish reminds me of the catfish frys we used to have when I was a kid. Looks amazing!
Thank you so much, Yvonne.
Yummmmm this is making me hungry! I love the touch of herbs on top of the fried fish to bring a little color and freshness to it. Your homemade tartar sauce sounds amazing too! Fried fish is definitely underrated
Right? So underrated. Thank you Fiona! Enjoy your week!
I haven't had fried fish in soooo long! I'm making some tomorrow, you've convinced me!
Haha glad I convinced you! Thank you Nicole!
Eating this right now!! Oh so good! Thank you for the deliciousness! 🙂
Sweeeeeeet! Thank you Nicole! Very glad you like it!:)
April, your recipes and staging are simply impeccable. I always get hungry when I visit your site.. the fried fish (yummy) and the salmon has my mouth watering.. I've got a serious recipe file with several from you...Happy New Year to you!!
Hey Jamala. Thank you so much for the kind comment! I hope you can try some of them out one day! I hope all is well with you and Happy New Year! 🙂
This looks like heaven! I love a good cripsy fried fish sandwich! I love the idea of adding hot sauce too!
It's mouthwatering delicious! One of my favorite foods. Crispy fish is everything! Thank you Sarah!