Fried Fish Island Style

J. White Harris


In the Pacific islands where I have lived fried fish is often cooked without coating the fish with flour or batter. If the fish is whole, 3 or 4 diagonal cuts are made on each side of the fish. Then the fish is rubbed with salt and sometimes other seasonings before being cooked. I remember that when I first saw fish cooked like this I thought it would not be very good. I was wrong it was very tasty and now I often cook fish like this today.

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4 - 6
15 Min
15 Min
Pan Fry


1 - 2 lb
fish filets or whole fish
onion powder
vegetable oil for frying.

How to Make Fried Fish Island Style


  • 1Season fish with salt, pepper, and onion powder then refrigerate overnight or at least for a few hours.
  • 2Pour oil in skillet (about midway) and heat to 375°. Be sure your oil is hot before adding the fish. Fry fish for about 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crispy.
  • 3Remove to a platter lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil.
  • 4Serve with some fresh lemon or lime to squeeze on the fish before eating. Enjoy!

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About Fried Fish Island Style

Course/Dish: Seafood
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: Hawaiian/Polynesian
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Soy Free