Recipe courtesy of Eddie Jackson

Southern Fried Fish with Creamy Remoulade Coleslaw

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
This southern fried fish is a recipe you’ll come back to time and again, thanks to the crispy cornmeal fried snapper and creamy coleslaw. Fish fillets get dipped in a flour and cornmeal mixture that is well seasoned with a Cajun spice blend. Then they’re pan-fried until golden and crispy. Serve with a flavorful coleslaw of mayo, apple cider vinegar and celery seed that’s reminiscent of a creamy remoulade sauce.



Southern Fried Fish:


  1. For the coleslaw: Stir together the mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, vinegar, hot sauce, ketchup, celery seed, 1/2 teaspoon salt and several grinds of pepper in a large bowl. Stir in the coleslaw mix and scallions until evenly coated; taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve (the coleslaw will soften and develop even more flavor the longer it sits).
  2. For the southern fried fish: Heat 1 inch of oil in a large cast-iron skillet, large Dutch oven or large high-sided skillet over medium heat until the oil reaches 350 degrees F (a pinch of flour should immediately sizzle once it hits the hot oil). Set a wire rack inside a rimmed baking sheet.  
  3. Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, Cajun seasoning, a pinch of salt and several grinds of pepper in a shallow baking dish or bowl. Whisk together the buttermilk, hot sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt and several grinds of pepper in a second shallow baking dish or bowl. 
  4. Coat 1 fillet in the flour mixture, then dip in the buttermilk mixture and shake off any excess. Firmly press again into the flour mixture, then set aside. Repeat with the remaining 3 fillets. 
  5. Carefully slide the coated fish into the hot oil and cook until golden brown and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Drain on the prepared wire rack and season immediately with a pinch of salt. Serve warm with the coleslaw on the side.