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bonnies fried fish (sole, catfish or talapia)

★★★★★ 5
a recipe by
BonniE !
Cottonwood, CA

I had a request from a member for a simple and easy recipe for fried fish. If you like crisp, crunchy fish, then this recipe is for you. I use this for sole, catfish or talapia. This is the recipe that I use all the time. My family loves it, and I have tried other batter recipes, but I keep coming back to this tried and true old favorite. I hope you enjoy it! This humble recipe is my own and so is the photo.

★★★★★ 5
serves 4
prep time 5 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For bonnies fried fish (sole, catfish or talapia)

  • note: you can use this recipe for catfish, sole or talapia!
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  • 4 to 6
    fish filets, rinsed and blotted with paper towels.
  • enough corn oil to fry the fish--don't substitute the oil!
  • 1
    cup white cornmeal
  • 1
    tablespoon black pepper
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  • i have a fresh tartar sauce recipe posted on this site!

How To Make bonnies fried fish (sole, catfish or talapia)

  • 1
    I use an electric skillet, but you can use a non-stick skillet. Pour in about 1/4 inch corn oil in the skillet over medium heat, or if using an electric skillet set it at 350 degrees, add a few drops of water and wait for it to sizzle and pop. When it starts to popping, it is hot enough to add the breaded fish.
  • 2
    Combine the 1 cup of cornmeal and the 1 tablespoon of black pepper in a shallow pie plate. Dredge the prepared filets in the mixture on both sides of the fish and carefully put into the hot corn oil.
  • 3
    Fry until nice and golden brown on both sides. Remove to a platter, sprinkle with salt and serve immediately.
  • 4
    Cook's tip: I like to buy frozen filets for convenience, but fresh catfish, sole or talapia filets will work, too. I serve this with my Best Oven Baked Fries and Potato Wedges, and my Simple Romaine and Lettuce Salad, also on this site. Enjoy!