Tom's Deep Fried Bass

deb baldwin Recipe

By deb baldwin messinthekitchen

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Deep Fry

Tom took us fishing for small mouth bass and afterwords had a fish fry..yummy yummy..I took my fish fillets home, froze them and had go buy a small deep fryer.
This is the best fish I ever ate.
Of course, one of my friends goes fishing all the time, and gives me small bags of fish ..Cleaned, filleted and zip locked..I am so lucky.


small deep fryer, follow the directions for use
4 or 5 small
pieces of fish fillets per person: enough for a dinner: bass, trout, catfish, etc
1 gal
canola oil (as per your deep fryer instructions)
2 c
pancake mix (krusteaz buttermilk)
2 tsp
lemon pepper
1/2 can(s)
opt: stale beer, (open and let set over night)
1 1/2 c
water - more or less
1 pkg
panko bread crumbs

Directions Step-By-Step

Set up your deep fryer, as per your instructions on the deep fryer.
I set mine out side on a special table or in the garage..not in the house.
Fill with your oil of choice and set temperature as per instructions.
Mine does not take long to get to right temperature..375 degrees
Mix your batter: combine the pancake mix, lemon pepper, beer (opt) and water..Mix.
The batter should be on the runny side, not thick.
Just to thinly coat fish.
Put Panko into a seperate pan.
And next: Have a cake rack set over paper towels. (to set the fish on)

Dip fish (I put a few pieces in the batter)in the bowl of mixed batter.
Let batter run off a little bit and then coat with Panko, both sides.
Set the Panko, dipped fish, on the cake rack to rest and dip the next piece..Only do one at a time.
Put the fish into the basket of the deep fryer, do not crowd.
Lower basket into oil and deep fry till crip and brown...approx 4 to 5 minutes depending on your fryer.
Remove to a cookie sheet, lined with a paper towel (set in warm oven to hold for next batch)
Every one around here, just starts eating them as soon as they come out of the fryer.
Serve with a homemade (or store bought) tarter sauce and slices of lemon.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Fish
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: American
Hashtag: #panko

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Mar 25, 2014 - deb baldwin shared this recipe with discussion group: Wild Game / Birds / Fish
deb baldwin messinthekitchen
Jun 25, 2013
Thanks Karl! The only way to eat bass...You are reminding me to get out the deep fryer and dig into the freezer for another pkg of fish.
Karl Tobrocke hank1947
Jun 25, 2013
I don't care for bass but after this recipe I had 4 pieces! I left out the beer and I used his bread crumbs on some and progresso bread crumbs they are both good.
Straw's Kitchen CinCooks
Dec 1, 2011
I have never been ice fishing...tooo cccold for this ole gal!!!
deb baldwin messinthekitchen
Dec 1, 2011
LOL Cindy..I think it is to cold to fish right now. Ice fishing is coming up soon. That is to cold for me and I do not like the sound of the ice cracking all the time, makes me nervous.