Fish And Side Recipes-Fried, Grilled And Baked

by Margielynn

Check out these delicious fish, side and dessert recipes! Choose grilled, fried and baked fish! Delicious side and dessert recipes include fries, onion rings, baked beans, cobbler

I am ready for a fish fry! There is nothing better to me than a plate of fried catfish. I know it is not the healthiest food, but I was raise eating it, so it kinda gets in your blood or taste buds!
Some sides are fries, potato salad, baked beans, pinto beans, coleslaw, just to name a few.
Of course, you need a dessert, I choose a big peach cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Get to frying and enjoy you some fried fish!

Crispy Golden Fried Catfish Recipe

Crispy Golden Fried Catfish
Crispy Golden Fried Catfish


  • 2 pounds catfish fillets

  • 2 cups buttermilk

  • 2 cups yellow cornmeal

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 2 teaspoons paprika

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional

  • peanut oil, for frying


  1. In a shallow glass dish, soak the catfish fillets in the buttermilk and garlic; refrigerate for 1 hour.

  2. Combine the cornmeal, paprika, salt, black pepper and the cayenne in a shallow dish.

  3. Pour enough oil in a cast-iron skillet to cover fish halfway; heat the oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  4. Drain catfish and dip in cornmeal mixture, coating both sides.

  5. Place a few piece at a time in the skillet, frying them in batches; fry about 5minutes, turning once, depends on the thickness of the fillet.

  6. Adjust the heat if needed, the fish should be flaky inside and a golden brown crust. Do not over cook.

  7. Serve with tartar sauce, lemon, ketchup or whatever.

Blackened Cajun Catfish Recipe

Blackened Cajun Catfish
Blackened Cajun Catfish


  • 4-6 ounce catfish fillets

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

  • 4 teaspoons Cajun quick blackened fish seasoning


  1. Brush both sides of the catfish fillets with melted butter; then coat both sides with the Cajun quick blackened fish seasoning.

  2. Heat a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until smoking, 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Add 2 fillets and cook until opaque in the center, about 2 minutes per side.

  4. Cook remaining 2 fillets.

Tips From Margielynn

  • Some sides to serve with the blackened Cajun catfish are potato salad, pinto beans, fresh tomatoes or squash, rice or garden salad.

  • Cajun seasoning is very spicy if you do not like spicy do not coat the fillets as thick with seasoning.

  • Make sure the skillet is hot before adding the catfish fillets.

  • Do not leave the iron skillet unattended while heating or cooking the catfish.

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Succulent Grilled Tilapia Fish Recipe

Succulent Grilled Tilapia Fish
Succulent Grilled Tilapia Fish
  • Grilled tilapia is something we try to have once a week at our house. I grill in my stove top grill pan or on my George Foreman grill.

  • I like to season my fish with, salt, garlic powder, black pepper and sometimes use thyme.

  • When I use the stove top grill pan, I heat it to medium-high heat, spray with non-stick baking spray.

  • Grill 2 to 2 ½ minutes on each side. Before turning, spray with non-stick spray. The fish is done when you can easily flake with a fork.

  • When using the George Foreman Grill or whatever kind you have, preheat the grill has directed. I spray with non-stick cooking spray before heating.

  • Brush the tilapia with olive oil, then season.

  • If you have a setting on your grill use the medium-high.

  • When the grill is ready, cook for five minutes, do not peep!

  • It will flake easily with a fork.

  • Tilapia fish cooked this way is so moist and delicious, I like to serve rice, a tossed salad and one vegetable, brussels sprouts, green beans, stir fry cabbage or broccoli.

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Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

I love fried catfish, that being said, hubby and I are trying to stay away from so many fried foods. He bought a package of catfish nuggets at the store so this is the recipe I came up with for baking the catfish instead of frying.
Hubby loved it, I thought is was good Too! I do like my fried catfish! You could use any of your favorite fish! We served it with a baked potato and steamed whole okra.

Panko Crusted Baked Catfish Recipe


1. I dump the catfish nuggets in a bowl and pour some 1% milk over them to soak for about 15 minutes or so. I also added salt, black pepper and garlic power to the bowl.
2. I had a garlic herb package of Panko so I dumped a good amount in a flat dish.
3. Dredge each piece of the catfish nugget in the Panko crumbs, coating both sides.
4. I used a glass Pyrex dish that I sprayed with non-sticking cooking spray.
5. Place each nugget in the dish, making sure they are not touching.
6. Spray top of each nugget with the non-stick cooking spray.
7. Bake at 450 degree Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes or until flakes with a fork.
8. I turned the fish once. I like the panko because it gave it the crunch I needed.
9. I have some more to cook tonight and I am going to try cornmeal on them, to see which one we like best.

Fish Taco Recipe

Fish Tacos
Fish Tacos

Are you looking for something different to serve for a meal at your house? You must try this recipe for fish tacos.
They are quick and easy to make with any white fish fillet, sour cream, cilantro, taco seasoning, limes, Napa cabbage, tomatoes and corn or flour tortillas. You will be having requests often for this delicious fish taco meal!


• 1/2 cup sour cream
• 1/2 cup mayonnaise
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
• 1 package taco seasoning mix, divided
• 1 pound white fish fillets, cut into 1-inch pieces
• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
• 2 tablespoons lime juice
• 1 package of 12 taco shells warmed, corn tortillas lightly fried or flour tortillas
• 4 cups Napa cabbage, shredded
• 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
• lime wedges, for serving
• taco sauce, for serving


1. In a small bowl mix; mayonnaise, cilantro, sour cream and 2 tablespoons taco seasoning. Mix well.
2. In a medium bowl combine, fish fillets, vegetable oil, lemon juice and remaining taco seasoning mix.
3. Pour the fish mixture into a large skillet.
4. Cook the fillets over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes or until the fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.
5. Put the fish mixture into the taco shells; top with cabbage, tomatoes and the sour cream mixture, lime juice and taco sauce.
This fish taco recipe makes six servings.

Tips From Margielynn

  • May use any firm fish such as, tilapia, catfish, mahi mahi, halibut or any white fish.
  • Pico de Gallo is great to use instead of taco sauce.
  • Do not over cook the fish or it will be dry.

Homemade Crisp French Fried Potatoes Recipe

Crisp French Fries
Crisp French Fries

This recipe is for the double-frying method, that is what makes these homemade fries crispy. When you fry them one time they usually are kinda limp and not crispy.
This is the way I make curly fries for my grandkids. They love them and want me to make them often.
Try the double-frying method, you will never go back to the single frying.


• Idaho potatoes, as many as desired
• Oil, I use Canola, enough to fill deep fryer one third full
• Salt


1. Peel as many potatoes as needed.
2. Cut lengthwise into 3/8-inch thick slices. Then cut the slices into strips 3/8-inch wide.
3. Rinse in cold water; drain well on paper towels.
4. Heat the oil in a deep fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit, filling at least 1/3 full with the oil.
5. Cover the bottom of the fryer basket with a single layer of potatoes, lower basket slowly into oil.
6. Fry the potatoes 4 minutes, or until potatoes are tender but not browned.
7. Remove the French fries; drain on paper towels.
8. Keep at room temperature until ready to complete cooking. Reserve the oil.
9. Before serving, reheat oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit in the deep fryer.
10. Cover bottom of the fryer basket with 2 layers of potatoes; fry 1 minute or until the potatoes are golden.
11. Remove the potatoes; drain well on paper towels.
12. Sprinkle the French fried potatoes with salt. Keep warm while frying the rest of potatoes.

Tip From Margielynn

  • Use caution when lowering the basket of fries into the hot oil.

Quick And Easy Baked Beans Recipe

Baked Beans
Baked Beans

Baked beans are quick and easy to put together. It is a great side dish for barbecue, fried chicken, pork chops or just about any meat.
You can double or triple this recipe if you are feeding a larger crowd. It is great with onions too, see note below.


• 2 cans pork and beans
• 1 tablespoon mustard
• 2 tablespoons ketchup
• ¼ cup brown sugar


1. Mix the pork and beans, mustard, ketchup and brown sugar.
2. Place in a casserole dish and bake at 300 degree Fahrenheit for 30-45 minutes or until there is a light crust on the top.
• If you like onions, they are also very good in this baked bean recipe. Add ¼ cup chopped onion that has been saute in a tablespoon of oil.

Mexican Cornbread Recipe

Mexican Cornbread
Mexican Cornbread

Mexican cornbread is delicious served with pinto beans and this is the recipe for the cornbread I enjoy serving with them.

It is loaded with cream corn, onions, cheddar cheese and jalapeño peppers. What a yummy combination.


  • 1- can yellow cream style corn (2 cups)

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

  • 2 eggs

  • ¼ cup bacon drippings or oil

  • 1 cup onions, chopped ( I like red onion)

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 3-5 jalapeño peppers, finely chopped


  1. Mix in a large bowl, the cornmeal, baking soda, and salt.

  2. Add the corn, bacon drippings, onions, garlic, jalapeños, milk and eggs.

  3. Pour ½ of mixture into an iron skillet or 9-inch x 13-inch pan.

  4. Sprinkle half of the cheese over the mixture.

  5. Add the remaining mixture and then the cheese.

  6. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Scrumptious Addicting Crispy Onion Ring Recipe

Onion Rings
Onion Rings

I adore onion rings, I will take them just about any way I can get them. This is an easy crispy onion ring recipe.

Most of the ingredients you should have on hand. Bet you cannot just eat one! You probably will need to double this recipe! Enjoy!


  • ½ cup flour

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced

  • oil for frying


Now we are ready to fry us some good onion-rings:

  1. Whisk in a flat dish; flour, water, egg, seasoned salt and baking powder.

  2. Peel the onion and slice very thinly; separate into rings.

  3. In a deep fryer or heavy pot heat 1-inch oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

  4. Dip the rings into batter; place into the hot oil in batches for 1 ½ minutes, turning and another 1 ½ minute. They should be a golden brown.

  5. Drain the onion-rings on paper towels.

  6. Serve right away, with Ranch Dressing, ketchup or whatever you like.

Make 12 servings. (If you eat like a bird)

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Quick, Easy And Yummy Cake Mix Cobbler Recipe

Cake Mix Cobbler
Cake Mix Cobbler

If you need a quick dessert try this cake mix cobbler, you can add any fruit you like, such as peaches, apples, blackberries, or blueberries. This cobbler is made easy using a cake mix.


  • 1 box yellow cake mix (just the dry mix)

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened

  • 4 cups fresh fruit of your choice or 30 ounces canned fruit

  • 8 ounces cream cheese

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Combine the dry cake mix, butter and 1 egg in a large mixing bowl; mix until crumbly.

  3. Save ½ cup of crumble for topping.

  4. Spray with non-stick baking spray a 9-inch x 13-inch glass dish.

  5. Press the remaining crumble into the dish.

  6. Bake for 10 minutes.

  7. Beat the cream cheese, eggs, sugar and vanilla until creamy.

  8. Layer the fruit on top of the baked crust.

  9. Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the fruit.

  10. Top with the crumbs you saved.

  11. Bake at 350 degree Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.

  12. Cool, serve with vanilla ice cream.

Cowboy Cookies Recipes

Cowboy Cookies
Cowboy Cookies

Cowboy cookies are chocked full of oatmeal, coconut, chocolate chips and nut. You will be back for more after you have a taste of these homemade cookies. The kids will love them!


  • 1 cup shortening or ½ cup shortening and ½ cup margarine

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1 teaspoon soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 2 cups rolled oats

  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

  • 6 ounces package chocolate chips (I like milk chocolate)

  • ½ cup chopped nuts


  1. Cream the sugars, and shortening; add the eggs and vanilla extract, beat until fluffy.

  2. Sift the flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder together; mix with the creamed mixture until blended.

  3. Stir in the oats, chocolate chips, coconut, and nuts.

  4. Drop by teaspoonful on to a greased cookie sheet.

  5. Bake at 350 degree Fahrenheit for 12 minutes.

How do you like to cook your fish?

Updated: 08/14/2017, Margielynn
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Margielynn on 08/14/2017

Hi, 1/2 cup coconut to cowboy cookies!

DerdriuMarriner on 08/14/2017

Margielynn, Very nice recipes! In particular, I like the cowboy cookies and, because it makes a lovely option for meatless Fridays, the fish tacos. What is the amount of coconut that use in the cookies?

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