Best Fish Recipes

You have found my best fish recipes. Many of the recipes below call for white fish fillets. You may use tilapia, grouper, ocean perch, cod or haddock.  Many more types of fish are suggested.

Fishing for a great recipe?  I love to fish (just relaxing in the boat is wonderful) and when you bring home a string of keepers, there will be no doubt as to what to cook.  Offering fish dinner ideas for blue gill recipes, crappie recipes, walleye recipes, shrimp scampi recipe, awesome fish tacos and much more below.

Best Fish Recipes

I have listed my homemade fish batter recipes that you can pick and choose from. All have one thing in common - they are delicious, and you do not need to wait until the end of the week to use them (Friday fish fry).

A beer batter is generally crispy, darker golden brown and thicker than others. See photo above.

If you have a bunch of fish to fry, just be certain the flour and cornstarch is in equal amounts for this fried fish recipe.


3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp sea salt or kosher salt
1/2 tsp homemade onion powder
1/2 tsp homemade garlic powder
1 tsp baking powder
12 ounces cold ale (dark beer gives the batter a darker golden brown color), or a full bodied beer

Whisk the batter ingredients together until smooth. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 60 minutes. This will keep for 2 to 3 hours. You want the consistency to be a little thinner than pancake batter. Line a baking sheet with paper towels to drain the fillets on.

1-1/2 lbs white fish fillets
flour to dredge fillets in
hot oil to fry fish in; approximately 365-375 degrees

Don't forget:
malt vinegar
lemon wedges
tartar sauce, recipe below

Season the fish fillets with salt and pepper on both sides and then dredge the fillets first in the all purpose flour. Dip into the chilled beer batter and let excess drip back into the bowl.

Carefully lower into the hot oil and hold it for a couple seconds so it doesn't fall and stick to the bottom of the pan. Keep oil temperature around 350 degrees. It usually takes 5 minutes to fry a piece of cod. The fish is done when it is golden brown and easily flakes when touched with a fork.

Drain fillets on prepared baking sheets and serve with malt vinegar, tartar sauce (recipe below) and lemon wedges.

I also have two homemade coleslaw recipes. One is with mayonnaise and one without.

I cannot offer you my best fish recipes without my homemade hush puppy recipe.  They are a must when you are having a fish dinner and you will find the recipe below.


1 cup homemade mayonnaise
1 TBS finely chopped onion
1 TBS sweet or dill relish
1 TBS pickle juice (sweet or dill)**

Mix ingredients together and chill for several hours before serving.

**You may also use fresh lemon juice instead.

Makes one cup.

Best Fish Recipes

Grilled Salmon Sandwich

Spicy Salmon Patties 

Stuffed White Fish Fillets

Fish Corn Dogs

Crispy Fried Fish Recipe


1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp homemade onion powder
1/4 tsp homemade garlic powder

1/4 tsp lemon pepper (optional)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water

Mix dry ingredients together, slowly add milk/water and beat until smooth.

Dredge fillets in all purpose flour first and dip fish in the batter; allowing excess to drip off. Fry until golden brown. See detailed instructions above.

This batter is also wonderful on onion rings and chicken.

Serve with spicy potato wedges and homemade aioli (garlic mayo).


6 TBS flour
2 TBS cornstarch
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1 egg white
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp homemade onion powder
1/4 tsp homemade garlic powder
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp paprika

Separate the egg. Beat the egg white until light and frothy (it should NOT hold a peak). Fold in the remaining ingredients and beat just until smooth. The batter is ready.

First dredge the fish fillets in all purpose flour and then dip in batter. Fry until golden brown. See beer batter recipe for detailed instructions.

If you are trying to get your family to eat a little healthier, I've got  another one of my best fish recipes that I want to share with you that's easy to make and delicious.


Did someone say they wanted Mexican tonight? This is a tasty fish recipe that’s sure to please everyone.

1-1/2 lbs white fish fillets, thawed if frozen
1/2 tsp homemade taco seasoning
1 cup pico de gallo (a must)
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 to 3/4 cup crushed tortilla chips
guacamole, garnish black olives, garnish sour cream, garnish jalapenos, garnish lime wedges
PREHEAT oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x12 baking dish.

Rinse the fillets well and pat dry with paper towels. Lay fillets side by side in the prepared baking dish. Squeeze lime juice over the fillets and sprinkle with taco seasoning. Salt and pepper to taste.

Bake for 10 minutes and bring out of the oven. Cover fillets with pico de gallo (or salsa if you wish). Sprinkle with freshly grated cheddar cheese and top with crushed tortilla chips. Bake for another 5 to 10 minutes or until the fish is cooked and flakes easily with a fork.

At this point, you would plate the fillets and garnish with guacamole, black olives, sour cream, jalapenos and lime wedges. Serve with Spanish or Mexican Rice.

My next best fish recipe is a healthy meal and a staple at our house. You can use your favorite white fish fillets for this recipe.  I really love grilled fish and you may change this to a grilled fish recipe


crappie (or blue gill) fillets
2 TBS canola oil for frying
2 TBS butter, for frying
1/2 tsp homemade chili powder
1 TBS honey
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 fresh lime
soft taco shells
cabbage slaw, recipe below

In a skillet over medium-high heat, heat the canola oil and butter for frying.

Meanwhile, dust the clean fillets with chili powder, kosher salt and then drizzle the lime juice and honey over them. Fry for 2-3 minutes, flip over and fry another 2-3 minutes. The crappie is done when it is opaque and flakes easily.

Heat the taco shells in a pan until it bubbles; flip and repeat.

Chopped Cilantro
Homemade Salsa
Chunky Guacamole or Avocado
Red Onion Slices
Tomato Slices
homemade mayonnaise
Mango Salsa
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


5 cups green, red or mixed cabbage, finely chopped
1/2 cup homemade sour cream
1/2 cup homemade yogurt
2 TBS fresh lemon or lime juice
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp dill weed
kosher salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 green onions, sliced thinly
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped

Combine sour cream, yogurt, lime juice, cumin powder, dill weed, scallions, jalapeno, salt and pepper. Mix well. Reserve 1/2 of the mixture to top the tacos. Mix the other half with the cabbage.  I have more than just a recipe for fish tacos - check out the links below. More of my best fish recipes:

Blue Gill Recipes

Crappie Recipes

Trout Recipes

Walleye Recipes

Homemade Fish Chowder Recipes

  Fish Sauce Recipes


Delicious Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Stuffed Shrimp

Shrimp Creole Recipe

Shrimp Etouffee Recipe

Frog Leg Recipes

Turtle Recipes

More of my best fish recipes below...

Fish and Seafood Recipes

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My best fish recipes are excellent and use white fish fillets. Here are some examples of fish you may use for these recipes:

Halibut, Orange Roughy (Dory), Mahi Mahi, Red Snapper, Flounder, Monk fish, Sole, Tilapia, Sea Bass, Haddock, Walleye, Grouper, Ocean Perch, Northern Pike and Cod.

Snapper Recipe

This is one of the best fish recipes for snapper fillets.

Spicy (you control the heat), moist and delicious.

A great combination when served with something like fresh spinach, avocado slices, red onion and tomatoes.


snapper fillets

Cut each filet into about 4 pieces, separating the thinner pieces from the underside of the fish from the fatter pieces (which come from the top of the fish). This makes it easier when cooking.

Plate One:
3/4 cups flour, more if needed

Plate Two:
2 cups Panko bread crumbs
2 tsp homemade lemon pepper, or to taste
2 tsp homemade Cajun seasoning, or to taste
Mix these together well and put on a shallow plate.

In a bowl, whisk together:
2 eggs
1 TBS homemade onion powder
1 TBS homemade garlic powder

Pour canola oil 1/8 inch deep into a large, heavy frying pan (cast iron is perfect) and add 1 tablespoon of butter. Turn the pan on medium heat.

While this is melting and heating up, it’s time to prepare the fish.

Start with the fatter pieces that have been already separated. Gently dust them in flour and then after shaking off any excess flour, place them in egg mixture, making sure everything is covered.

Using tongs, wipe the sides of the fillets on the edge of the bowl to remove any dripping egg. Then generously coat the fish in the breadcrumbs/seasoning mixture. Repeat.

Once you have done 4 to 6 pieces of the same thickness, or enough for the first pan full, place them skin-side down first, into the pan of sizzling oil/butter.

Depending on thickness, cook for around 3 minutes or until cooked halfway through. Flip and fry one more minute. Remove and drain on paper towels. Repeat until "your fish is fried."

Serve with lemon wedges and tartar sauce.

Fried Catfish

Following is another one of my best fish recipes; this time for catfish.

I lived in the south for several years, and enjoyed this catfish very much. This recipe does not use eggs, if that is something you are looking for.

You can make it spicier or just leave out the Old Bay seasoning; it’s up to you.


1 lb catfish fillets, cut in strips
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tsp homemade Old Bay seasoning, or to taste
1 quart of canola oil for frying

1/2 cup homemade buttermilk
1/2 cup water
1 TBS homemade onion powder
2 tsp homemade garlic powder
kosher salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

In a large bowl, mix marinade ingredients together. Add the fish fillets and be sure they are covered in the buttermilk mixture. Put in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to marinade.

Meanwhile, in a large resealable (I've used 1 or 2 gallon bags) or paper bag, add the cornmeal, flour, cornstarch and Old Bay seasoning to taste. Shake to mix well.

Add fish pieces, a few at a time, and gently roll around gently until fillets are completely covered in mixture. Let sit for at least 20 minutes on cookie cooling racks; this prevents the breading from falling off when frying.

Warm up the oil to 365 degrees. Gently add a few fillets at a time and fry for approximately 3 minutes. Fillets should be crisp, moist and flaky. Drain on paper towels.

Serve with malt vinegar and tartar sauce. One of the best fish recipes has to have one of the best hush puppies too. See below...

Homemade Hush Puppies

Hush puppy recipes vary tremendously in different parts of the country. If you do not want them sweet, just cut the amount of sugar in half or omit it altogether.

You may want it spicier, so add more jalapenos and Cajun seasoning. Remember it’s your recipe; I’m just providing the basics.


1 cup homemade buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, room temp
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup minced onion
2 tsp chopped jalapenos (optional)
1/4 tsp homemade Cajun seasoning (optional)
1 quart canola oil for frying

Heat the canola oil in a large, heavy saucepan or deep-fryer to 365 degrees.

Whisk the buttermilk, vegetable oil and eggs together in a bowl. Combine the dry ingredients; cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in another separate bowl.

Fold buttermilk mixture, onion, jalapenos and Cajun seasoning into cornmeal mixture until just mixed.

Drop 6 to 8 tablespoon-sized balls of batter into the hot oil; fry until each hush puppy is golden brown, turning the hush puppies to cook evenly, 6 to 10 minutes.

Remove hush puppies with a slotted spoon and place on brown paper bags to drain. Repeat with any remaining batter.

Transfer hush puppies to a baking sheet and keep warm in a 175 degree preheated oven if the fish is still cooking....

**You may also roll out the dough into balls to make uniform looking morsels. I don't mind if they are not perfect; they just taste so good.

Cheese Baked Fish with Potatoes

My best fish recipe for cheese crusted baked fish is loved by all who eat it.


2 medium potatoes, sliced thinly
1/2 tsp homemade onion powder
1/2 tsp homemade garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
1/3 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp lemon zest
salt and pepper to taste
3 TBS olive oil, divided
1-1/2 to 2 lbs firm white fish fillets
vegetable or olive oil spray

PREHEAT oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking dish with parchment or wax paper.

Spread potato slices out evenly and drizzle with 1-1/2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with onion and garlic powder, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bake potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender.

Meanwhile (back at the ranch), combine bread crumbs, parsley, parmesan, lemon zest, salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine and drizzle with remaining 1-1/2 TBS olive oil – mix until breadcrumbs are coated with oil.

Press breadcrumb mixture onto fish fillets to form an even topping. Remove potatoes from oven and place fillets skin side down on top of potatoes.

Bake for 15 minutes or until light golden brown and fish is just cooked through.

Beautiful presentation and tasty too.

Tilapia Recipe


1-1/2 to 2 lbs tilapia fillets

1/2 cup freshly shredded parmesan cheese, or parmesan-romano
1/2 cup homemade mayonnaise
1/2 cup bread crumbs

1/2 tsp homemade Old Bay seasoning, or to taste
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp homemade onion powder
1/4 tsp homemade garlic powder

PREHEAT the broiler. Spray a broiler pan with oil. (I have also used tin foil that was sprayed and place directly on the rack or on a baking sheet.

Thoroughly rinse and pat the fillets completely dry; set aside.

Arranged fillets on the broiler or foil and broil a few inches from heat (keep an eye on it) for two to three minutes; depending on the thickness of the fillets. Flip over and cook for another two to three minutes.

Meanwhile, mix the cheese and remaining ingredients together.

Bring the fish out and top each piece with cheese mixture - spreading it to cover the fillet completely. Place back in the oven and broil for another two to three minutes, or until the fish can be easily flaked with a fork.

Please check out more of my homemade recipes below:

My Favorite Italian Food Recipes

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