Deep-Fried Crappie Recipe

Deep-Fried Crappie Recipe

This deep-fried recipe works well with crappie, as well as any other type of fish

Serves: 2
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes


  • 1 pound crappie fillets
  • 1 cup beer
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons oregano
  • 1 ½ tablespoons homemade garlic powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons homemade onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons homemade cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Orange Crush soda
  • Canola oil


1. In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, basil, cayenne pepper, black pepper and salt. Whisk in enough Orange Crush to make a batter.

2. In a large heavy skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat 2-3 inches of canola oil to 375 degrees.

3. Dip the crappie fillets in the beer and then coat completely with the batter. Fry until golden brown and drain well on a paper bag.

4. Serve with lemon wedges, tartar sauce and hot sauce.

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