Weekend Fish Fry

Weekend Fish Fry

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One of our favorite ways to celebrate summer is to host a Weekend Fish Fry for our family. So, when our freezer has an abundance of freshly caught and frozen fish, it’s time to start planning. Below are some of our favorite recipes for preparing fish as well as salads and sides to go with it.

When my husband and I were first married, we went fishing often in the spring, before the ticks and chiggers became too much of a bother. I loved to fish in my grandma’s pond, where we were almost guaranteed to catch a nice-sized bass. Of course, as our family grew, our daughters joined us on our outings. At that point, my husband spent more time untangling fishing line and bating hooks than fishing.

Fishing for Catfish

These days, we mostly get our fresh fish from my husband’s uncle who is retired and does a LOT of fishing. He supplies us with all the fish we can eat. And we always enjoy the bounty he brings.

If you don’t have a fisherman in your family, no worries. You may easily substitute frozen fish from the grocery store, such as farm-raised catfish, tilapia, halibut, or cod.

 

Frying Tip – Outdoor Burners

 

Do you own an Outdoor Propane Burner? If so, I recommend using it when preparing a large amount of fried foods. Not only will it hold a frying temperature better than a range top, it will keep your kitchen free for preparing the sides. Plus it will ward off extra heat in the kitchen, which is especially helpful in the summer months when temperatures climb into the triple digits! This would also be an excellent option for a Summer Shrimp Boil!

 

We Begin with Fish

I like to prepare Fried Catfish in larger pieces cooked in a cast iron skillet. This is especially fun when planning a fish fry so that you have lots of variety.

Fried Catfish
Our family has always enjoyed fishing in the spring and summer. Here's an easy recipe to use for a weekend fish-fry for your family.
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Recipe for Fried Catfish

 

This Beer-Battered Fried Fish recipe is perfect for a weekend fish fry. Use it with your favorite fish, whether bass, catfish, crappie, or walleye. Cornmeal and simple seasonings gives it a crispy, flavorful crust to compliment the tender, freshwater fish.

Beer-Battered Fried Fish
This Beer-Battered Fried Fish recipe is perfect for a weekend fish fry. Use it with your favorite fish, whether bass, catfish, crappie, or walleye. Cornmeal and simple seasonings gives it a crispy, flavorful crust to compliment the tender, freshwater fish.
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Recipe for Beer-Battered Fried Fish

 

 

What to Serve with Fish – Appetizers Sides and Salads

Serve Fish with Hush Puppies - Weekend Fish FryMuch like a Shrimp Boil, a Fish Fry requires some must-have appetizers, sides, and salads. Sure, you can stray from this list if you want, but here are our favorite dishes to serve alongside your platter of fish.

 

A Few Appetizers

Fried Okra Bites are great for summer. Serve a batch or two at your next fish fry, shrimp boil, or barbecue. Small pieces of okra that have a crispy cornmeal coating laced with seasoned salt and garlic. So good!

Fried Okra Bites
Here's a delicious recipe to serve at your next fish fry, shrimp boil, or barbecue. Enjoy!
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Recipe for Fried Okra Bites

 

Every summer I go on the hunt for ways to use zucchini. Even though I don’t have a garden anymore, I know lots of people who do, and I am always happy to take fresh produce off of their hands! These Zucchini Fritters with Ranch Dip are a great way to use fresh zucchini.

Zucchini Fritters with Ranch Dip
These Zucchini Fritters with Ranch Dip are a great way to use fresh zucchini. I've added a jalapeno pepper for a little kick, and some lemon zest for some zing. Then dip them into a homemade Ranch Dip. These fritters can be served as a side dish or as an appetizer for your next gathering.
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Try this recipe for Hush Puppies the next time you serve fish or have a shrimp boil. Crispy on the outside with a tender and seasoned center. They’re quite scrumptious.

Hush Puppies
Try this recipe the next time you serve fish or have a shrimp boil. Yummy!
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Recipe for Hush Puppies

 

Nice Cold Salads

My grandma was a wonderful cook, and Grandma’s Coleslaw was always a favorite at our family gatherings. It still is. Grandma dubbed this recipe as the coleslaw from Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Grandma's Coleslaw
This recipe is great for summer picnics.
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Crunchy Broccoli Salad is the perfect dish to take to your next potluck dinner or family gathering. It’s easy, full of flavor, and people devour it. Broccoli Slaw, Carrots, Radishes, Golden Raisins, Sunflower Seeds, and the main attraction–Ramen Noodles.

Crunchy Broccoli Salad
Here's a yummy recipe to take to your next potluck dinner.
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Garden Cucumber Tomato Salad is perfect for a hot summer evening and also a summer fish fry. It is a wonderful way to use up your fresh garden vegetables. And what a delicious way to enjoy them!

Garden Cucumber Tomato Salad
Here's a recipe perfect for a hot summer evening. Serve with a BLT sandwich or even Quiche. Enjoy!
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Cucumber Tomato Salad

 

 

Side Dishes Perfect with Fish

Macaroni and Cheese is a perfect accompaniment for a fish fry. But this Cheesy Corn and Macaroni Casserole is even better. Our family loves this dish.

Cheesy Corn and Macaroni Casserole
Cheesy Corn and Macaroni Casserole is a favorite recipe on my husband's side of our family. It’s quite nice for church dinners or family gatherings and is a perfect choice for your next picnic, barbecue, or even holiday dinner.
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recipe for cheesy corn and macaroni, fourth of july menu ideas

 

 

Cheesy Squash Bake is perfect when you have a lot of squash in your garden. The squash is baked until tender with onion, green peppers, and garlic, and is then topped with a seasoned cracker crumb and melted cheese.

Cheesy Squash Bake
Here's a recipe to use when you have a lot of squash in your garden. Enjoy!
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Fresh Garden Creamed Peas is another great option. Sweet tender peas in a creamy base with lots of butter melting on top.

Fresh Garden Creamed Peas
My mom always had a large garden, and one of the first produce we'd enjoy from the garden was fresh creamed peas. I always liked this served with New Fried Potatoes and Goulash. Enjoy!
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Recipe for Fresh Garden Creamed Peas

 

 

Fish and Potatoes go well together. Try frying chips or fries, or make these Pan Fried Country Potatoes. Crispy, tender potatoes, seasoned just right with onion, bell pepper, and salt and pepper.

Pan Fried Country Potatoes
Here's an easy recipe I make a lot for our family in the summer. Goes great with fried catfish, steaks, or even a simple dish like Goulash.
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Recipe for Pan Fried Country Potatoes

 

 

Summer Desserts

Most people think of frozen desserts for summer, which is always good. But fruit pies and cobblers are perfect for a summer gathering as they don’t melt and they can withstand the heat. Here are a few of our favorite fruit desserts to enjoy with your Fish Fry.

 

No need for a pie plate. Just lay the pastry dough on a baking sheet and spoon the fruit mixture on top. Plus, a slab pie bakes faster than a traditional pie, so that makes this Blueberry Peach Slab Pie perfect for summer desserts!

Blueberry Peach Slab Pie
Here's a fun recipe to try when you want a new twist on pie. Delicious served warm with vanilla ice cream.
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Blueberry Peach Slab Pie

 

 

I like to use fresh peaches when in season, and my favorites are from Colorado. This Fresh Peach Cobbler recipe is a family favorite.

 

 

Homemade Cherry Pie is so delicious when using fresh cherries.

Cherry Pie
Here's a yummy recipe to try when you have fresh cherries--tart or dark sweet cherries.
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Recipe for Cherry Pie - Homemade Cherry Pie

 

 

Fresh Tart Rhubarb Pie is another great choice for a summer dessert. Be sure to buy or harvest it in bulk when it is in season and freeze it for later in the year!

Fresh Tart Rhubarb Pie
When I was a girl, my mom made Fresh Tart Rhubarb Pie from the rhubarb she grew in her garden. It was green, very sweet, very juicy, and so delicious. Paired with her flaky pie dough, it was always a hit. And still is today. My daughters request it every spring. 
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Recipe for Fresh Tart Rhubarb Pie

 

Recipe for Fried CatfishThis concludes my recipe ideas for a Weekend Fish Fry. See ideas for a Summer Shrimp Boil Here.  Browse more Summer Entertaining Ideas Here.

 

 

 

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