Fish Fry

There is nothing that says summer better than an old fashioned fish fry, especially when you catch the fish that same morning! On a recent trip to Anna Maria, FL, we hit the high seas and came back with 20+ gray and red snapper; there was a also a shark tale, but we couldn’t get it aboard the boat…that and it was only 3 ft long. Finding a good and reputable captain can be difficult, but it’s a necessity… do the research, or you could come back empty handed.

Captain Ted! Of course grouper were out of season...

Captain Ted! Of course grouper were out of season…

Pro tip – for an extra $50 or so, the captain (or 1st mate) will clean and filet your fish, which is really nice.

Plethora of fish

Plethora of fish

I keep my fry recipe pretty basic: a dredge in flour (spiked with salt pepper and cayenne), egg wash then panko bread crumbs, then fry 1 minute or so in peanut oil…that’s it!

Fried snapper

Fried snapper

Of course you know I’m not going to be that basic, so I left the skin on a few filets and broiled them with a little olive oil, and sprinkled salt , black and aleppo pepper on top (500 degrees top shelf for about 2 minutes).

Broiled snapper

Broiled snapper – these were delicious.

To top off the fish trio, we left a few whole and grilled them with lemon, lime, red onion and thyme; about three minutes on each side.

Grilled snapper

Grilled snapper

On the vegetable front, we added grilled corn, grilled zucchini and some lightly fried okra.

Fish fry complete!

Fish fry complete!

 

 

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