Crappie Fish Fry

"For those of you living in the Midwest and lucky enough to snag those delicious crappie fish, here's a recipe that will do justice to those wonderful little fellas!"
photo by Nimz_ photo by Nimz_
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  • Empty beer into a large bowl.
  • Add the corn flour, salt, paprika, and cayenne to the bowl and whisk until you have light and frothy batter.
  • Refrigerate for a least an hour but up to five days.
  • In a deep fryer or deep skillet, heat at least 2 inches of oil to 375 degrees F.
  • Dredge fillets in flour, shaking off any excess; then dip them in the beer batter, coating them well.
  • Fry in oil until perfectly golden and drain on paper towels.
  • Serve with lemon wedges, tartar sauce and hot sauce. Yum-yum! Prep time does not include refrigeration time.

Questions & Replies

  1. frying crappie today... and I am a southern boy... so I can do... but trying different things... doing a cajun side... normal potatoes, corn, with onion and garlic mix. got tonies for basic batter... but buttermilk and brown mustard and thinking about adding a little pickle vinegar to the start the slow fry... making sure that the fish has time to soak in the buttermilk vinegar... Mistake.... or Not


  1. Excellent. We had a good day fishing and I wanted to make it different than our usual way and found this recipe. I'm so glad I did. The crust was very crispy and help together very well during the frying process. I tried it in my deep fat fryer but it stuck to the basket so switched to a regular frying pan. Peanut oil is the key to any fish fry, IMHO. The only thing I did differently is I doubled the recipe for all the fish we had and used 2 cups cornmeal and 1 cup of flour together with the other batter ingredients. The rest stayed the same. thanks so much for a wonderful meal.
  2. not very good. regret cooking such a tasty fish with this recipe


I'm a Midwesterner, turned Northwesterner for 30 years and finally a Southwesterner. I retired in 1995 and have had time to enjoy, even more, the things I love, like cooking and entertaining special people in our home--family and good friends. Fortunately, my husband enjoys cooking too (one pot meals), so he relieves me a few times a month.
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