Nanny’s Fish Fry Breading

I know a lot of recipes we’ve been posting have been on the healthier side but every now and then we do have a meal that wouldn’t quite be ‘on plan’ with some of the healthier diets… and we are OK with that every now and then. By making it at home we can save a TON of money!

This fish fry breading can be used on just about any kind of seafood. We normally use it on white fish like tilapia and flounder, shrimp, scallops, oysters, and even recently on some calamari which turned out quite well.

When frying up a big batch of seafood we also like to mix up some hushpuppy batter to fry up at the end… so good! (I’ll try to get that recipe posted soon.)

You can also try our All-Purpose Breader for a healthier version.

Nanny’s Fish Fry Breading

Nanny’s Fish Fry Breading printable recipe


  • 1 package of Martha White hushpuppy mix with onion
  • 1-2 c. flour
  • 1-3 t. old bay seasoning
  • 1-2 t. garlic salt
  • 1/2 – 1 t. pepper
  • dash cayenne pepper, optional


Mix everything together and taste a tiny bit to check for seasoning.

We like to season our seafood before breading as well.

You may need to dip or sprinkle the seafood in water before starting.

While the seafood is moist sprinkle it with desired seasonings and then roll in the breading mixture.

We normally deep fry the seafood at 350-375 for 5-7 minutes, maybe a little more for bigger pieces of fish, or until cooked through. (The shrimp will have pink tails, and the fish will be flaky, the calamari should be golden brown and can be cooked to your desired level of crispiness.)

Make sure not to crowd your fryer and be sure to have a pan, lined with paper towels, ready to put the cooked seafood on to drain… nobody wants soggy seafood!

The seafood leftovers can be heated up in the oven at 350 for 10-20 minutes.

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