Southern Fried Grouper

Grouper fillets are fried with a traditional Southern batter with the addition of a pinch of cayenne.

Southern Fried Grouper


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 4 (6 ounce) grouper fillets
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil for deep-frying


  1. Beat eggs, salt and cayenne together in a shallow dish.
  2. Place flour mixture and cornmeal in separate shallow dishes.
  3. Dredge each fillet in flour mixture and dip in egg wash.
  4. Dredge again in cornmeal.
  5. In a deep fry pan, heat 1 inch of the oil to 375 degrees F on a deep-fat thermometer.
  6. Fry the fillets in batches for 2 to 4 minutes on each side, or until browned and fish flakes easily with a fork.
  7. Transfer fillets to paper towels to drain; serve immediately.

Recipe and photo used with permission from: Florida Department of Agriculture.