Friday, July 20, 2012

Spicy Crappie & Jalapeno Hush Puppies

When I read your blog recipes, I save many of them on an Excel spreadsheet under various categories, one of which is try ASAP and when Marguerite over at Cajun Delights posted her recipes for Cajun Catfish Feast, I knew two of them had to go on this list.

Since we always have crappie in the freezer, thanks to friends Ronnie and Nancy, I used it along with the Cajun spices I had on hand to make my version.

Spicy Crappie Filets:
25 crappie fillets (approx)
1 cup flour, self rising
¾ can beer - add slowly til right consistency
1 ea egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp  Emeril's Essence        
A few shakes of hot sauce
1 pkg panko bread crumbs

1. Wash fish and pat dry with paper towels.
2. Combine flour, beer, egg, Essence, and hot sauce - add the amount of beer to get the batter thickness you want.
3. Dredge fillets in batter and allow extra to run off.
4. Roll in Panko and sit aside for about 5 minutes.
5. Fry fish in 360* oil until golden brown, turning once. Salt to taste and drain on a wire rack - keep warm in oven or grill.

For the hush puppies, I used Marguerite's recipe as written and it's available on her site (link above).

As I often do, I cooked on the grill side burner and had a grill burner on low to keep the early batches warm – I cooked the hushpuppies first and then the fish and we sided it with some grilled green bundles and our new favorite apple bacon slaw.

I thought the hushpuppies and fish turned out very well and I will definitely make both again. Thanks Marguerite for a delicious meal.

All photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.

One year ago:  Tomato Juice And Dolly

Two years ago:  Grilled Pork Tenderloin Filet


6/25/12 meal date


  1. I love the flour/panko combo here. What a great meal. I like your xcel spread sheet, great idea. I've been using Pinterest to save my "must try" recipes.

  2. Hush-puppies are my secret love. When I was in college, I lived very close to a Long John Silver's - I would walk there (I mean hey, I had to be some what healthy from time to time) just to order hush-puppies! I am pretty sure that is why I gained 40 pounds in two years!! LOL

  3. Oh my gosh Larry! That looks amazing... Nothing better than a good old fish fry!

  4. Looks like a heavenly feast indeed! Have a lovely weekend.

  5. Larry, That is one fine looking meal! If I'd have been there, after I finished my meal the only question would have been,what are the rest of you going to eat! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  6. I can hardly wait to go fishing. Love crappie. Your hush puppies with the jalapeno....perfect!! (Thank you Marguerite!) We would love them.

  7. Nice simple meal to enjoy out on your dock! Great work, Larry!

  8. I am with Jenn-hushpuppies are indeed a secret love of mine too.

    I really enjoy Cajun Delights blog. I am always trying to tag recipes of hers to make for my family too.

    Your fish and hushpuppies turned out really nice.


  9. I agree, this fish sounds wonderful! I love your super organized method of using a spreadsheet for keeping track of 'want to make' recipes. I've got to get my act together like that!


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