There is nothing better than a good ol’ fashion fish fry to make you smile. Here is a great recipe for Southern Fried Bass from South Your Mouth to show you how to turn that catch into a great family dinner. We also threw in a simple recipe for Tarter Sauce from Favorite Family Recipes, because you cant have a fish fry without tarter sauce. Happy Eating!
Southern Fried Bass
2 pounds Bass filets*
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup hot sauce
2 cups South Your Mouth Fish Fry- recipe below.
Heat a minimum of 4 inches of oil in a deep skillet or wide pan to 350 degrees (medium-high heat). Season fish with salt and pepper. In a medium bowl mix buttermilk and hot sauce. Dip fish, one piece at a time, in buttermilk mixture and shake off all excess liquid. Dredge fish in fish fry and immediately add to hot oil. Cook until golden brown and remove to a plate or pan lined with paper towels.
South Your Mouth Fish Fry
1 1/2 cups medium ground cornmeal**
1/2 cup flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
2 teaspoons paprika
Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container. Use for frying fish or shellfish.
*Use any flaky, white fish (crappy, bream, catfish, tilapia, flounder, etc.). I have actually used swai fillets before. I had no idea what swai was but it was only a few bucks for a 2-pound package at Aldi so I thought… meh? If you like catfish, you will LOVE swai. I found it to be almost identical to catfish sans the musky taste. Plus is wicked cheap. Holla!
**If using self-rising cornmeal, increase amount to 2 cups and omit flour.
Tarter Sauce Recipe
- 1 cup Mayonnaise (Hellmann’s recommended)
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 2 to 3 Tbsp. finely chopped dill pickle
- 2 to 3 Tbsp. finely chopped onion (optional)
- 2 tsp. finely chopped dill weed
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Combine all ingredients and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.