Deep-Fried Tilapia (Fish)

Recipe by Bone Man
READY IN: 15mins


  • 4
    tilapia fillets
  • 1
    quart cooking oil (or Crisco)
  • 1 12
    cups seasoned flour (I use Kentucky Kernel brand)


  • Heat the oil in a 3- or 4-quart pan to at least 375-degrees F. (just a couple of drops of water flipped off your hand will really crackle when the oil has reached this heat level).
  • Roll the DRY and THAWED fish in the flour, shake off excess flour, and let the filets sit on a rack or, on wax paper, for 5-10 minutes.
  • Roll the fillets in the flour a second time, shake off excess flour, and deep fry, no more than 2 at a time. (frying more than 2 filets at once drives down the oil temperature which will make the fish and coating soggy!) Turn once in the pan after a minute or so and remove when golden brown. They should be done in under 4 minutes, white and flakey inside at the thickest section of the filet. Do not overcook!
  • Drain each filet on paper towels for a few seconds and serve.