Wednesday Fish Fry! That’s one thing I remember most about my childhood (that and hush puppies). While many remember fish fry Friday, my family did ours on Wednesdays. I always loved a good ole’ fish fry. We had them at my family reunions growing up, and they were a blast. I still remember being outside in the Mississippi summer heat watching the elders fry catfish and hush puppies while soul music jammed in the background. We still have an annual fish fry at my grandparents’ house the day after Thanksgiving and growing up we had them on Wednesdays, my dad’s day off.
Ya see, fried fish is my dad’s favorite food period. I grew up not only having fish on Wednesdays but whenever my dad could sneak it into the weekly menu without us begging for an alternative. Whenever we head down to Mississippi, we always return with a massive box of fresh catfish from down in the Delta. And what goes better with a bunch of fried hot catfish fillets than southern hush puppies?
That’s right! Good ole fashioned hush puppies are to fried fish what peanut butter is to jelly. This is the perfect hush puppy recipe too because they taste like little morsels of fried cornbread. Sounds utterly delicious right? I whip up the batter for these in about 5 minutes flat, fry them up golden brown and serve them along side some fried catfish, tilapia, perch, flounder, whiting, shrimp or whatever else we may have in the house. It reminds me of home and those good times at our Fish Fry Wednesdays. What meal days do you remember most from your childhood?
- 3/4 cup white corn meal
- 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
- 6 tablespoons milk
- In a skillet, add frying oil and heat.
- In a medium sized bowl, add corn meal, all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt and granulated sugar and whisk together to combine.
- Next add in egg, onion and milk and whisk until batter is thick and well combined.
- Over hot heat, drop in tablespoons of batter and fry until golden brown on all sides.
- Remove hush puppies once golden brown and drain on paper towels. Serve hot.