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white plate with fried perch and french fries
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4 from 3 votes

Fried Perch

Lightly breaded yellow Great Lakes perch, deep fried until golden with tender, moist fish inside.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: seafood, fried perch, fried fish, deep fried fish
Servings: 4


  • Deep fryer OR pot/pan with deep sides


  • 1 pound yellow lake perch
  • 1/2 cup seasoned cracker meal
  • 1 large egg + 3 tablespoons water
  • canola or vegetable oil for frying


  • Preheat the oil in the fryer to 375°. Line a plate or platter with wax paper then set aside. This same plate will be lined with paper towel for the fried fish.
  • If the fish filets are connected like a ‘butterfly’, cut in half so you have two filets.
  • Prepare a breading station: Bowl #1 whisk the egg and water together. Bowl #2: add the cracker meal.
  • Working with one filet at a time, dip in the egg wash letting any excess drip back into the bowl then dredge lightly in the cracker meal then set on a plate repeating until all the fish is coated.
  • Gently place the fish in the preheated oil adding as many as the fryer will hold. Cook 2-3 minutes watching closely until the desired golden color. 
  • As you remove the fish from the deep fryer, let the oil drain in the basket for a couple of seconds then transfer to the paper towel lined plate and serve right away.