Southern Style Golden Fried Fish

Elaine Bovender


Living on the coast of North Carolina, we have access to some wonderful, local fresh fish. I love flounder filets, virginia mullet and all of the other fresh catches that come in. We love Calabash style seafood and this fried fish is excellent! Just serve with hushpuppies, cole slaw and baked potato for a wonderful, coastal style comfort meal. I hope y'all enjoy this golden fried fish as much as we do!


★★★★★ 2 votes

3 to 4
10 Min
10 Min
Deep Fry


  • 1 lb
    your favorite fresh fish filets (you can use flounder, white fish, perch or whatever you like. i used virginia mullet in the picture).
  • 1/2 to 3/4 c
  • 1/2 c
    *self rising flour
  • 1/2 c
    *self rising white cornmeal (not mix)
  • 1/4 tsp
    old bay seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • ·
    oil for frying
  • ·
    *self rising flour and cornmeal seems to give a lighter coating and adheres well.

How to Make Southern Style Golden Fried Fish


  1. Pour buttermilk in shallow bowl. Add fish filets, turning to coat. Refrigerate for about one hour.
  2. Mix together flour, cornmeal and seasonings. Remove fish from refrigerator. Shake off excess buttermilk. Roll fish in seasoned corn meal mixture.
  3. Heat oil in deep fryer to about 375 degrees. Drop fish pieces in hot oil and deep fry for about 4 to 5 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with additional salt/pepper, if desired and serve hot with hushpuppies, slaw and your favorite potato.

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About Southern Style Golden Fried Fish

Course/Dish: Fish Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tags: Quick & Easy For Kids

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