Fried White Perch With Cornmeal and Hot Oil {Raised By River Folks

Fried White Perch With Cornmeal and Hot Oil {Raised By River Folks

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David and I were both raised by River Folks and River Folks sure know how to cook up some fresh fried white perch!

I was practically raised on fried fish. My daddy grew up on the river and loved to fish. He would have fish fries and invite friends and family to help eat up a big catch. He enjoyed every minute of it. Not a single person would leave hungry from those fish fries. Today whenever I eat fried fish, I cannot help to think of him and those wonderful fried fish he used to cook and the good times everyone had at his shop on the farm. Goodness me, I sure do miss my daddy!

Fried White Perch ~ Fresh caught White perch battered in yellow cornmeal, salt and pepper then deep fried until crispy golden brown. Taught by River Folks! | TheMountainKitchen.com

A few weeks ago, family of family gave us some fresh White Perch. David’s mama grew up on a river also, so he was practically raised on fried fish also. He and I agree that there was no other way we would want them other than fried in hot grease. So that is exactly what we did! Here’s how we fried them:

Fried White Perch ~ Fresh caught White perch battered in yellow cornmeal, salt and pepper then deep fried until crispy golden brown. Taught by River Folks! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Heat oil in a deep fryer or large skillet over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F.

In a paper bag, pour in cornmeal, and season with salt and pepper.

Working in batches, dredge fish in cornmeal mixture. Roll the fish around shaking off excess.

Fried White Perch ~ Fresh caught White perch battered in yellow cornmeal, salt and pepper then deep fried until crispy golden brown. Taught by River Folks! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Gently place 2 fish at a time in the hot oil, turning occasionally, until golden brown and cooked through; about 5 minutes.

Lay the fried fish on a serving platter lined with paper bags or paper towels to drain. Repeat and serve.

Fried White Perch ~ Fresh caught White perch battered in yellow cornmeal, salt and pepper then deep fried until crispy golden brown. Taught by River Folks! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Fried White Perch ~ Fresh caught White perch battered in yellow cornmeal, salt and pepper then deep fried until crispy golden brown. Taught by River Folks! | TheMountainKitchen.com

To go along with it we had some coleslaw that David’s sister made the weekend before, some french fries and cornbread.

To keep the smell out of the house, we used an electric deep fryer outside on the deck. Somehow, I think the fresh air makes the fish even better. With all that fried fish goodness, I couldn’t help but wonder if we might attract a bear that night…

Luckily, we didn’t!

Fried White Perch

Fried White Perch ~ Fresh caught White perch battered in yellow cornmeal, salt and pepper then deep-fried until crispy golden brown. Taught by River Folks!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Deep Frying, Fish, Fried, Fried Fish, Seafood, White Perch
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 374kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 cups peanut oil for frying
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 pounds white perch 6-8, cleaned, beheaded and gutted

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a deep fryer or large skillet over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F.
  • In a paper bag, pour in cornmeal, and season with salt and pepper. Working in batches, dredge fish in cornmeal mixture. Roll the fish around shaking off excess.
  • Gently place 2 fish at a time in the hot oil, turning occasionally, until golden brown and cooked through; about 5 minutes. Lay the fried fish on a serving platter lined with paper bags or paper towels to drain. Repeat and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 541mg | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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8 thoughts on “Fried White Perch With Cornmeal and Hot Oil {Raised By River Folks”

  • Hi Debbie, most people love fried fish I can not wrap my head around it though I have to bake all fish, sorry… I can not do OIL. I know you both enjoyed it-why? ‘Cause I just do! Go Girl! Cheryl.

      • Ha-you might be right but my arteries 20 years from now won’t be clogged with oil and whatever else they say is bad eating and cooking with too much oil does over time to oneself?! I have a very conservative Doctor! HeHe but I am a good patient. I’ll let you two cook away with it from time to time and I’ll enjoy from afar. Nope, I do not even eat fried French Fries either! In fact, the smell of cooking oil makes me gag almost. I know Its me! Your FL Bud, Cheryl Hey Debbie you are going to love Sarah and her two web sites I know I do!!!

    • Thanks, Sarah!

      I just discovered your blog. Can’t wait to check out some more of your recipes. Thanks for following! 🙂

  • Everyone knows fish fried outside is better! Before the laws changed, we would catch fresh herring, clean them, and cook them right there on the bank (often while one was still fishing). Then you eat with one hand and hold the net with the other!

    • Yes, those were the good ole days! I have never been much on “herns” as we called them back home. Too boney for me. I like a meaty fish!

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