Three Recipes for Filet Crappie Fish

Filet crappie fish are great, and you will find that there are quite a few recipes that allow you to enjoy them to the fullest. Crappie is a popular fish because it has a great texture to it and a really nice flavor. Here are three of my favorite recipes that you may want to try! Feel free to add your own variations to them too.

Deep Fried Crappie

I enjoy the deep fried version because of the breaded filet taste. I like it better than batter because the breading is going to be crispy and crunchy and those are textures I really enjoy. Start out by getting all of the following ingredients. You need to make an egg wash from three or four eggs and add a cup of water to it. This is really simple but a great way to get the taste from the crappie you are seeking.

Dry ingredients for the breading are 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of corn meal and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Make sure you mix it well so that you get an overall taste. The amount of garlic depends on what you are after in terms of taste. Season salt and red chili powder are next. The heat of the chili powder depends on how hot you want it.

Pat the filets dry and season with the season salt and red chili powder. Next you want to dip them in the egg wash and then through the dry ingredients. Shake of the excess so that you get a good overall coat. You want to deep fry them in about 1 inch of hot oil in a cast iron skillet if you can.

Cast iron works best to distribute the heat evenly. It will also hold the heat better too. If possible you want to use cotton seed oil for deep frying but that may be hard to find in all areas. If that is the case you can use vegetable oil, peanut oil, or canola oil instead. Allow it to get to about 350 degrees.

Drop the filets into the hot oil and after 2 minutes check to see how brown the other side is. If you are happy with the color then carefully flip it over to keep the breading from falling apart. Remove the filets from the oil and allow them to dry on paper towels and to cool before serving.

Pan Fried Crappie

I enjoy the taste of pan fried crappie and it is easy to make. You will want to use a cast iron skillet here too if you can due to the way that the heat is distributed and held. Use olive oil for frying, and only add enough of it to coat the bottom of the pan. Season the filets with Zataran’s Cajun Seasoning.

Place them into the hot pan that is about 350 degrees at that point. Fry the crappie filets for about 2 or 3 minutes and then check the bottom to see how brown it is getting. Flip it when it is to the right color that you are happy
with. Since you won’t be using any breading or batter you really need to take care when you flip it over so that it won’t crumble up.

Cook it the same amount of time on the other side and then you can allow it to cool for a few minutes before eating.

On the Grill

The grill seems to be the one place for cooking crappie that we often overlook. Yet it is a fast and simple solution, especially when you are eating at a camp site. Place the filet into a piece of tin foil but make sure you have enough extra that you will be able to create a pouch when you are done.

Place some lemon pepper seasoning and salt on the filets. Add approximately 1 tablespoon of butter that can be smeared onto the foil in the center or directly onto the filet. It doesn’t matter because the oil will cover the entire filet during the cooking process.

If you prefer you can add extra lemon but I have found that the lemon pepper seasoning offers more than enough flavor. Fold the foil into a pouch with then ends over each other several times. This will keep as much steam and moisture into the pouch during the grilling process as possible.

The grill needs to get to medium or high heat before you add the pouch with the filets. Make sure that the foil won’t be directly on the heat. Use a grate to keep them above the heat. Add the filets to the grill and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes for each side. Carefully remove then and remember that there will be steam in the pouch so open it away from your body.

Grab your fork and enjoy!

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