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Fish Fry Seasoning

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This Fish Fry Seasoning is a mix of yellow cornmeal, Old Bay, lemon pepper, salt, pepper, and garlic. It’s our go-to for catfish, crappie, bream, whiting, and whatever we’ve got on our hook. Ready to level up your next fish fry?

southern fried catfish

In our household, frying up some fish on the weekends is practically a tradition, like ordering pizza on a Friday night. And when it comes to my go-to fish, it’s got to be catfish. Marrekus also loves whiting. It’s a meal that brings smiles all around the table, even from the picky eaters (and trust me, we’ve got a few of those in the family).

A fish fry is definitely a Southern thing that’s deeply ingrained in our roots. Learning how to fry fish is almost like a rite of passage in the Black community, and it’s something we love sharing with friends and family when they come over.

Now, you might think that frying fish is no big deal, but what sets ours apart is the incredible fish fry seasoning.

We’re based in Maryland, so Old Bay is our secret weapon. But if you’re a traditionalist, you can always switch it up with some seasoned salt. Just make sure to omit the kosher salt. You could also add some granulated onion or cayenne pepper.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 4 teaspoons Old Bay
  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic

How to Make Fish Fry Seasoning

Just toss everything into a large bowl, and give it a good stir until it’s all mixed together. Pop it into an airtight container, and you’re set for up to six months at room temp.

Easy, right?!

Why yellow cornmeal?

Yellow cornmeal is a staple ingredient in Southern cuisine and is basically synonymous with classic Southern-style fried fish. When fried, it gives off a beautiful golden-brown crust that is perfectly crispy and crunchy.

How much Fish Fry seasoning should I use?

The ratio of seasoning to fish is about 1 1/2 cups of Fish Fry Seasoning per 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of fish.

What types of fish is this seasoning best suited for?

This fish fry seasoning is best for catfish, whiting, crappie, bream, or bigmouth buffalo.

Can I use this seasoning for other foods, like chicken or vegetables?

We do not recommend using fish fry for other foods. When making fried chicken or fried pork chops, a mixture of all-purpose flour and different spices and herbs are use instead.

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southern fried catfish

Fish Fry Seasoning

  • Author: cooks with soul
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Cuisine: american, southern

Ingredients

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  • 3 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 4 teaspoons Old Bay
  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic


Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
  2. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months.

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