Corn Flour - 2 pound bags

Corn Flour - 2 pound bags


 Southern Fried Fish and Hushpuppies from my blog

This is one of the easiest and most basic of all fried fish recipes. What makes it southern is the the use of corn flour – a very finely ground cornmeal — and the addition of hushpuppies. In West Tennessee and throughout the Mississippi River delta, catfish are prepared like this. Throughout the region, other freshwater fish such as bream (pronounced “brim”), bass, and crappie are fried with this simple dusting of seasoned corn flour, which produces the crispest crust. Saltwater fish such as whiting are also fried in this manner, but wheat flour is usually used. Along the Gulf of Mexico, the fish is likely to be dipped first into an egg wash before coating, but there’s always some cornmeal or corn flour close at hand for hushpuppies. This is the southern version of a fish fry.

It serves 8 people.


Corn flour is the finest grind of cornmeal; in Louisiana it’s called “fish fry.” Mine is ground for me  in the mountains of Georgia.

For the fish:

Peanut oil for frying

1 1/2 cups corn flour, more or less

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste

3 pounds small cleaned fish or fillets, preferably freshwater catfish or sunfish       


For the hushpuppies:

1 large egg

2 cups buttermilk

1-3/4 cups stone-ground whole-grain cornmeal (see above)

1/2 cup minced onion

1 teaspoon salt

Pour oil to a depth of at least 1 1/2 inches in a stockpot or Dutch oven and heat over medium-high to 375°. Preheat the oven to 200°. Place a wire racks on 2 baking sheets and set aside.

In a wide bowl, mix the corn flour, salt, pepper, and cayenne. In a medium-size bowl, prepare the hushpuppy batter. Mix the egg and buttermilk well, then stir in the cornmeal until well blended. Add the onion and salt and stir in. Set aside while you fry the fish.

Dip each fish or fillet in the seasoned corn flour, coating it all over but shaking off any excess. Carefully lower each piece into the hot oil. Fill the pot, but do not crowd it. The oil should bubble up around each piece of fish. Monitor the temperature closely so that it stays between 365° and 375°. Fry the fish until it is golden all over, turning the pieces if necessary. It will take 2 or 3 minutes on each side, depending on the size of the pieces. Set aside the remaining cornflour.

Remove the fish from the oil in the same order that they were immersed, using a wire mesh strainer, tongs, or any tool that will allow you to hold it over the pot as excess grease drains back into the pot. When the fish stops dripping, immediately place the pieces on the prepared baking sheet, then place in the oven.

Always wait for the oil to reach the proper temperature again before adding more food to the pot. Continue frying until all of the fish is fried, then proceed with the hushpuppies:

Add the remaining seasoned corn flour to the hushpuppy batter a little at a time, mixing well as you go, until the batter is thick enough to be spooned. You will have added about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the corn flour.

Make sure that the oil has returned to 375°, then drop the batter by spoonfuls into the hot oil, using 2 teaspoons: one to scoop up the batter and the other to scrape it off and into the oil. Fry the hushpuppies until golden brown all over, about 3 minutes, again carefully monitoring the temperature of the oil. Drain each pup well over the pot as it is removed from the oil, then place on the prepared sheet pan. You’ll probably not have to put the hushpuppies in the oven with the fish to stay warm because your guests will be picking at them. Besides, they stay warm a fairly long time, and there are plenty to go around. Repeat the process until all the batter is fried. Serve the fish and hushpuppies immediately with cole slaw.

48 hushpuppies

Number pieces in packaging:1