Friday, March 4, 2011

Fish & Hush Puppy Skillet

With Lent just around the corner, I thought I would get a head start on some different fish dishes.  I love a good fish and chips, or just breaded cod ,pan fried.  Hit any Southern restaurant on a Friday night and you'll be sure to find fried catfish and hush puppies on the menu.  All that frying is a bit messy, and not quite the healthy dinner.  With this recipe, you can skip the grease and get the same crispy taste with just a few tablespoons of oil. 

For the Hush Puppy:
  • 2 cups self-rising cornmeal mix
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions
  • 1/4 cup red or green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 3/4 cup beer
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
For the fish:
  • 1 lb. fish fillets, cut into 2-inch pieces (I used cod)
  • 1/2 cup fish-fry mix
For the sauce:
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. dill pickle relish
  • 1/2 tsp. prepared horseradish
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.  Combine cornmeal mix, scallions, red pepper, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl.  Whisk together beer, buttermilk and egg; stir into cornmeal mixture and set aside.

Heat 1/4 cup canola oil in a 10-inch cast iron skillet until almost smoking.

Dredge each fish piece in fish-fry mix, then fry, on only one side, about 2 minutes.

Pour hush puppy batter over the fish in skillet.
Transfer skillet to oven and bake until hush puppy is golden and a toothpick comes out clean, about 15-20 minutes.  Let rest 5 minutes, then loosen edges with a knife.  Invert onto a serving plate.  Cut into wedges and serve with ketchup tartar sauce.

~Adapted from Cuisine at Home


  1. When I was younger, my Grandparents used to love to take me to fish frys. It wasn't until a few years later I had the heart to tell them I didn't like fish. They were shocked but I didn't have the heart to tell them for the longest I do love me some hush puppies though!! And your fish looks so good - it makes me think twice about not eating it!

  2. Girl, this is right down my alley! Where has this recipe been all my life?!?!? Thanks, and (((hugs))) and lotsa luv! You float my boat :)

  3. What a smart idea, I'm have to try this!


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