Tom's Deep Fried Bass

deb baldwin


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.


★★★★★ 2 votes

30 Min
5 Min
Deep Fry


  • 1
    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

How to Make Tom's Deep Fried Bass


  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Serve with a homemade (or store bought) tarter sauce and slices of lemon.

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About Tom's Deep Fried Bass

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

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