Cajun Fried Pan fish Fillets Recipe

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For whatever the reason, it has been another really good fishing year for me here in upper Michigan. The pan fish have been biting really well and each trip has produced a good number of fish. This has given me the chance to try a number of fish coating recipes. I think this Cajun Fried Pan fish Fillets Recipe is one of the better ones. The combination of seasoning is just right, and doesn’t over power the taste of the fish.
For this recipe I used crappie fillets, but perch, or bluegills, will work just as well. This is a simple and quick recipe to put together, and doesn’t require a lot of prep time. I deep fried the fish with oil in a cast iron pan but you could also use a deep fryer.
The next time you have some pan fish on hand give this Cajun Fried Pan fish Fillets Recipe a try; it’s really good.

Cajun Fried Pan fish Fillets Recipe
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Recipe type: Main
  • 1 pound pan fish fillets
  • ⅓ cup yellow corn meal
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • ½ cup of milk
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  1. Rinse fish fillets and pat dry with paper toweling (remove skin – optional)
  2. Place ½ cup flour in a shallow dish such as a pie plate. In another shallow dish whisk together the corn meal, 1 cup flour, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, parsley flakes, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.
  3. In a small bowl mix together the milk and egg.
  4. Roll each fillet in the flour, dip in the egg mixture, and then in the cornmeal mixture to finish coating; set aside on a plate.
  5. Cook fish in batches - deep fryer at 375F, or in a large skillet over medium high heat until golden brown on both sides. (My favorite is a cast iron skillet for this)
  6. Place fillets on a plate lined with paper toweling to catch any excess oil.

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