Skip to main content

7 Best Breading Mixes for Fried Fish Recipes

Batter or breading mixes, whatever you call them, here are some of the best for drowning fish fillets in hot peanut oil.

7 Best Breading Mixes for Fried Fish Recipes
(Photo courtesy of Keith 'Catfish' Sutton)
Print Recipe

Summer fish fries. They’re as much a part of American culture as church potlucks and backyard barbecues. No matter what kind of fish we’re eating – bluegills, crappie, bass, catfish, walleye or others – we like it best when it’s deep-fried and served up crispy and hot with hushpuppies, coleslaw, thick-sliced onion and home-made pickles on the side.

Most times we opt for a simple batter recipe, usually some cornmeal seasoned with salt and pepper. But many cooks enjoy experimenting with new recipes as well, adding different spices, seasonings and other ingredients to produce new taste sensations that keep dinner guests coming back for more.


The following taste-tempters show the variety of ideas we can dream up. Use with any of your favorite fish, filleted or pan-dressed.



Golden Fish Fry Batter

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 (12-ounce) can beer
  • Extra flour

Directions:

  1. Mix batter ingredients.
  2. Dip fish in flour, then in the batter. Shake off excess.
  3. Deep fry until done to taste.

Light Fish Batter

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Bisquick
  • Club soda
  • 1 egg white
  • Extra flour

Directions:

  1. Put Bisquick in a bowl, then slowly pour in club soda, stirring with a fork until the mixture has the consistency of very heavy cream. Fold in egg white.
  2. Dredge fish in the extra flour, dip in batter then deep fry until golden brown.

Buttermilk Fry Batter

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Several dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 3 shakes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • Extra flour

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except flour; blend well.
  2. Dip fish in batter, then roll in flour.
  3. Fry until done to taste.


Dill Fish Batter

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups lemon-lime soda
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • Extra Bisquick

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine dill weed, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add soda and eggs, and mix well.
  2. Dredge fish fillets in the extra Bisquick, then immerse in the prepared batter.
  3. Refrigerate fillets in the batter for 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Remove fillets from the batter one at a time, allowing excess batter to drip off.
  5. Deep fry until golden brown, and serve hot.

Parmesan-Bread Crumb Batter

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 egg whites; lightly beaten

Directions:

  1. Blend bread crumbs with cheese, parsley and paprika in a flat dish.
  2. Dip fish in beaten egg whites, then in bread crumb mixture.
  3. Place in a single layer on waxed paper and place in the freezer 1 hour.
  4. Spray a large skillet lightly with oil or Pam.
  5. Place skillet on medium high heat.
  6. Add fillets; cook, carefully turning once, until coating is brown and fish flakes easily with a fork.


Quick & Easy Beer Batter

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 cups of your favorite beer, ale or lager

Directions:

  1. Use a fork to stir together the flour and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Then gently whisk in the beer until smooth.
  3. Use immediately.

Long John Silver’s Style Fish Batter

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 16 ounces club soda

Directions:

  1. Use a fork or whisk to combine the flour, corn starch, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, onion salt, paprika and ground black pepper in a large bowl. Stir thoroughly. Add the club soda to the dry ingredients. The batter will foam. Continue stirring.
  2. Coat fish pieces in the batter and drop in hot oil.
  3. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until the batter is golden and the fish pieces begin to float to the top of the oil.
  4. Drain the fish on a wire rack.

Tips for Tastier Battered Fish

  • If you fry your battered fish properly, it won’t be greasy and full of extra calories. To do this, make sure to deep fry with the cooking oil at a temperature of 365 to 370 degrees F (use a thermometer!). That old “throw a match in the oil and when it lights the temperature is right” trick doesn’t work.
  • Fry only two or three pieces of fish at a time. If you add too much, the temperature of the cooking oil will drop too far, making the fish greasy. Be sure to let the oil come back to the proper temperature before frying the next batch. With the proper oil temperature, the batter will seal immediately and your dinner will only absorb a minimal amount of oil.
  • Don’t overcook fish coated in batter. The coating should be a nice golden color when the fish is done and ready to serve. Any darker and you risk burning the batter and turning it bitter.
  • Drain the cooked fish on paper towels to soak up that last little bit of unwanted calories.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Hobie MirageDrive 360 Kayak Propulsion: Amazing Control and Power

Hobie MirageDrive 360 Kayak Propulsion: Amazing Control and Power

The Hobie MirageDrive 360 pedal propulsion system is the pinnacle of kayak control with more efficient fin designs, glide technology and allows the boat to be moved in any direction.

Catch More Bass on a Jerkbait in the Cooler Months

Catch More Bass on a Jerkbait in the Cooler Months

This one simple trick will trigger more bass strikes on a jerkbait during the fall months.

Action and Power Ratings- How to Choose the Right Bass Rod

Action and Power Ratings- How to Choose the Right Bass Rod

Most fishing rods feature both an action and a power rating, but what do those ratings mean and how do you use them to select the right rod for different scenarios? In this video, outdoor writer and tackle specialist Shane Beilue breaks down the difference between a rod blank’s action and power and discusses what the various ratings of each mean.

Understanding Reel Retrieve Ratios and How it Affects Lure Presentations

Understanding Reel Retrieve Ratios and How it Affects Lure Presentations

Increase a lure’s effectiveness by pairing it with the ideal reel speed.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Quick look at common, easy-to-catch fish species (video).Get On Board: Species 101 for Beginning Anglers Other Freshwater

Get On Board: Species 101 for Beginning Anglers

Game & Fish Staff

Quick look at common, easy-to-catch fish species (video).

While catfish are still catfish, the difference between day and night tactics and strategies can be profound, even when fishing the same lake or river.How to Catch Catfish Day and Night Fishing How-To

How to Catch Catfish Day and Night

Terry Madewell

While catfish are still catfish, the difference between day and night tactics and strategies...

Get ready to braise ground venison with all the traditional chili ingredients, directly on the grill, for a smokin' hot take on this comfort food classic.Smoked Venison Chili Recipe Wild Game

Smoked Venison Chili Recipe

Eva Shockey - October 16, 2020

Get ready to braise ground venison with all the traditional chili ingredients, directly on the...

This Elk Venison Patty Melt Recipe makes the perfect wild game sandwich. Elk burger patties are accompanied by melted Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, and Thousand Island dressing and then pressed in between two toasted and golden brown pieces of rye bread.Elk Venison Patty Melt Recipe Wild Game

Elk Venison Patty Melt Recipe

Kristy Crabtree - October 27, 2020

This Elk Venison Patty Melt Recipe makes the perfect wild game sandwich. Elk burger patties...

See More Trending Articles

More Fish

This Crappie Scampi Recipe is a freshwater twist on the traditional shrimp dish.Quick Crappie Scampi Recipe Fish

Quick Crappie Scampi Recipe

Raschell Rule

This Crappie Scampi Recipe is a freshwater twist on the traditional shrimp dish.

Simple to make and healthy to eat, this tasty cocktail recipe can be made with crappie, tilapia, or any other white-fleshed fish.Crappie Cocktail Recipe Fish

Crappie Cocktail Recipe

Tommy LeVasseur

Simple to make and healthy to eat, this tasty cocktail recipe can be made with crappie,...

This Grilled Catfish with Tangy Orange Sauce Recipe is quick and easy to grill up.Grilled Catfish with Tangy Orange Sauce Recipe Fish

Grilled Catfish with Tangy Orange Sauce Recipe

Keith 'Catfish' Sutton

This Grilled Catfish with Tangy Orange Sauce Recipe is quick and easy to grill up.

This creamy crappie chowder recipe is easy to make and delicious.Potato and Crappie Chowder Recipe Fish

Potato and Crappie Chowder Recipe

Raschell Rule

This creamy crappie chowder recipe is easy to make and delicious.

See More Fish

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Game & Fish App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Game & Fish subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now