2poundswhite perch6-8, cleaned, beheaded and gutted
Pour about 1 to 2 inches of oil into an electric frying pan or large cast-iron skillet. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until a thermometer registers 350 degrees F.
Meanwhile, pour the cornmeal into a paper bag and season with salt and pepper, to taste.Working in batches, dredge 3 to 4 fish at a time into cornmeal mixture. Roll the fish around shaking off excess. This works best if the fish are still a little damp.
When the oil is nice and hot, gently place 2 to 3 fish at a time in the hot oil. Do not overcrowd the pan. The fish need room to cook. Turn the fish occasionally, and fry until they are golden brown and cooked through; about 5 minutes.
When the fish are done, lay the fried fish on a serving platter lined with paper towels to drain. Repeat the process until all the fish are done.Serve warm.
What If I Cannot Get White Perch? If you can't catch of find white perch, there are many varieties of fish that will work for this recipe such as pan trout, butterfish, croaker, spot, flounder, catfish, crappy, walleye, and sunfish just to name a few. We love all of those too!
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