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Pan Fried Fish- Grandma Style

Pan Fried Fish- Grandma Style is a delicious way to eat fish. The fish is covered with flour, then fried in a pan. Delicious!

Pan Fried Fish Grandma Style on a vintage plate

Pan Fried Fish- Grandma Style

Grandma Elisabeta, my mother’s mom, was a great cook. She loved bringing us together around her dining table every Sunday and cook delicious meals for all of us . Her pies were fabulous.

Her pilaf with chicken was to die for and her sour soups, a very traditional Romanian way to cook soups, were amazing. 

 I miss her sometimes. I wish she would still be around to show me her secrets in the kitchen.

This recipe of pan fried fish is a very easy and delicious way to eat fish. Grandma used to make fried fish very often, especially in the summer, in her little back yard summer kitchen.

She fried all sorts of fish, from very small to big ones .

Any type of fish would work for this recipe. While I like to fry fish with the skin on, fish without skin works well too.

Some ideas for fish that is suitable for frying in the pan:

Cod is my preference because it is a sturdy fish that keeps its shape during the cooking process. Bass, haddock, snapper, carp, grouper or haddock are also good options.

Besides fish, you will need some flour and vegetable oil for frying.

Keep in mind that this recipe is not meant to be a fancy one. It is a humble recipe that is great for any day of the week. Fish cooks fast, so it could be an easy dinner.

Pan Fried Fish Grandma Style- served with lemon wedges

Some people might prefer a mixture of flour and corn meal. My grandmother used that one too, once in a while.

I guess it is just a matter of preference and any method is fine. The combination of corn meal and flour will make the crust crunchier, the flour will make it smoother.

Both are delicious.


Step 1.

Pat dry the fish– Before you start frying the fish, make sure it is completely dry. Excess moisture lowers the temperature of the oil. Also, when you put water in hot oil, it creates splashes and you might easily get burns. Oil burns are nasty, so be careful. 

Step 2.

Flour- Prepare a plate or a bowl with flour. Season the flour with salt and pepper. Be generous. Also, do not use any herbs, they burn in the oil and change the taste of the fish.

Step 3.

Take pieces of fish and toss them in flour. Make sure the fish is covered entirely. Shake off excess flour.

Note: I used chunks of fish this time, but fish file works the same way.

Alaskan cod fish tossed in flour

Step 4.

Place a large skillet on the stove, on medium heat, and pour vegetable oil in it, approximately 2 inches deep. Do not place the fish in the oil, unless the oil is very hot. The fish should sizzle when touches the oil.

Grandma’s tip for checking if the oil is hot enough for frying:

If you insert a wooden spoon into the oil, the oil will bubble around the stick when it’s ready for frying. If you have a thermometer, the temperature should be between 300-325F, and you should aim to keep it that way.

Step 5.

When the oil is hot, gently place coated fish in the skillet and fry for about 5 minutes on each side until golden brown.

Don’t crowd the pieces of fish:

Pan Fried Fish- Grandma Style

Frying in large batches will cause the temperature of the oil to drop too low, resulting in a less crispy (and less delicious) finished product. 

Between batches, keep your oil clean by scooping out any pieces of fish left behind.

Fried fish on a plate served with lemon wedges and French Fries

Step 6.

Drain the fried fish on a paper towel-lined plate; the paper towels will absorb more oil than draining the fish on a wire rack.

Serve it with lemon wedges. It goes well with French Fries (made from scratch).

Fried fish on a plate served with lemon wedges

Voila! You just made fried fish, my grandma’s style!!!!

I hope you enjoy it the same way I enjoyed it while growing up!

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Yield: 4 servings

Pan Fried Fish- Grandma Style

Pan Fried Fish Grandma Style44

Pan Fried Fish- Grandma Style is a delicious way to eat fish. The fish is covered with flour, then fried in a pan. Delicious!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 pounds cod or any other fish you like
  • enough oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Pat dry the fish with paper towels, especially if you use fish that was frozen.
  2. Place the flour on a large plate and add salt and pepper to your taste. Mix well.
  3. Pour approximately 2 inches of vegetable oil into a large skillet and set the skillet on the stove on medium high heat.
  4. Cover each piece of fish with the flour and shake well to remove excess.
  5. Make sure the oil is hot. The fish should sizzle when touches the oil.
  6. Gently set coated fish in your skillet and fry it for about 5 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  7. When the fish is done remove and drain on paper towels.
  8. Serve with lemon wedges.


What goes well with fish: French Fries, mashed potatoes or roasted ones, asparagus, green beans, cooked peas.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 381Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 149mgSodium: 275mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 65g

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Thursday 21st of April 2022

I'm a grandma and this is how I fry my fish. I like to keep things simple!

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