Southern Fry Flounder

Fry Flounder is a a type of flatfish that is coated in a batter or breading and then fried until it becomes crispy and golden brown. Flounder is a mild and delicate white fish that is well-suited for frying. This fish recipe is commonly made in southern household.Fried fish, whether it’s catfish, whiting, or flounder, is usefully associated with soul food dish. It’s often served with traditional sides like hushpuppies, coleslaw, collard greens, and cornbread. Preparing and seasoning the fish can vary, but it’s typically fried to a crispy golden brown and seasoned with a blend of spices to enhance its flavor.


French Fries : Classic fish and chips! Serve your fried flounder with crispy French fries for a comforting and filling combination.

Coleslaw: Creamy or vinegar-based coleslaw adds a refreshing and crunchy contrast to the crispy fish.

Tartar Sauce: A classic condiment for fried fish, tartar sauce is a must-have for many. It’s typically made with mayonnaise, pickles, and various seasonings.

Lemon Wedges: Squeezing fresh lemon juice over the fried flounder adds a zesty, citrusy flavor that complements the fish’s mild taste.

Hushpuppies: These deep-fried cornmeal fritters are a Southern favorite and go well with fried flounder.

Rice :Steamed white or brown rice is a simple and versatile side dish that can soak up any extra sauce or flavors from the fish.

Vegetables: Steamed or roasted vegetables like broccoli, asparagus, or green beans can add a healthy and colorful element to your meal.

Salad: A crisp garden salad with fresh greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, and your favorite dressing can provide a lighter option alongside the fried fish.

Mashed Potatoes: Creamy mashed potatoes can be a comforting and filling side dish to balance the crispy fish.


Many of the white fish commonly used in Southern cuisine, such as catfish, whiting, and flounder, can be used to make delicious fish sandwiches. Here’s how you can make a basic Southern-style fish sandwich:


  • Fried or pan-fried white fish fillets (catfish, whiting, flounder, etc.)
  • Sandwich rolls or buns
  • Lettuce or Coleslaw
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Sliced onions
  • Tartar sauce or remoulade sauce
  • Hot sauce
  • Mayonnaise
  • Butter for toasting the buns


Fried flounder can be enjoyed for either lunch or dinner, depending on your preference and schedule. It’s a versatile dish that works well as a main course for both meals.

Lunch: Can be served with lighter sides like a fresh salad, coleslaw, or a side of vegetables. It can be a delicious and filling midday meal.

Dinner: It can be paired with heartier side dishes such as mashed potatoes, rice, or even pasta to create a more substantial evening meal. It’s a classic seafood dinner option.



Fry Flounder is  a flatfish with a delicate flavor and flaky texture. This southern flounder fish is a mouthwatering creation that is enveloped in a crunchy coating, delivering a satisfying contrast to its delicate, flaky interior.It is carefully breaded or battered, then gently fried to a glorious crispiness that awakens the senses with each bite.It can be pair with tartar sauce, to add a tangy and creamy dimension.


Dry Ingredients

Wet ingredients

Fries Ingredients


  1. Prepare the Flounder and coat with mustard

    Rinse the flounder fillets under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels.You can add mustard to the wet base , but I like coating the flounder with mustard.Mustard adds a unique tangy and slightly spicy flavor to the flounder. This can enhance the overall taste of the dish, providing a pleasant contrast to the mildness of the fish.Mustard acts as a natural adhesive, helping the breading or coating stick to the fish. This ensures that the breading adheres firmly to the fish and doesn't easily fall off during frying.Mustard can help retain moisture in the fish during the frying process. The moisture in the fish combines with the mustard, creating steam that cooks the fish from the inside as it fries on the outside. This can result in a more succulent and less dry final product.

  2. Prepare the wet and dry ingredients
  3. Wet ingredients

    The mustard should be enough but I like to take extra step to make this fry flounder more flavorful. The wet batter acts as a sticky medium that helps the dry breading adhere to the flounder. Without the wet batter, it can be challenging to get the breading to stick evenly to the fish.The wet batter helps lock in moisture within the fish. As the flounder cooks in the hot oil, the moisture inside turns into steam, creating a barrier that helps prevent the fish from becoming dry. The wet batter can be seasoned and flavored, adding extra taste to the dish. Add 2 eggs in a bowl , beat and add half of lemon juice , Hot sauce and sprinkle the seasoning mix ( The OldBay, Slap Ya Mama , Onion and Garlic Powder )  about 2 or 3 tablespoon . Mix to ensure everything is well combined.

  4. Dry Ingredients

    You can make your own  breading mix or simply use flour . I  used a classic fry breading mix and added the remaining of the seasoning mix ( The OldBay, Slap Ya Mama , Onion and Garlic Powder)  

  5. Dredge flounder in wet batter

    Dip it into the whisked eggs, allowing any excess to drip off 

  6. Coat each flounder fillet in the breading mix, shaking off any excess

    coat it thoroughly with the  breading mix, pressing the breadcrumbs onto the fillet to ensure they adhere well 

  7. Let it sit on a rack for 5 mins then fry

    I do this to make sure the breading is stick throughout. In a deep skillet or frying pan, heat about 1-2 inches of cooking oil over medium-high heat. To test the oil sprinkle some breading mix in the oil , you'll know it's ready when a breading mix sizzles and starts to brown immediately when you drop it into the oil.Carefully place the breaded flounder fillets into the hot oil using tongs or a slotted spatula.fry for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until the flounder is golden brown and crispy. The exact cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of your fillets, so keep an eye on them.Once the flounder is cooked to perfection, use a slotted spatula to remove them from the oil and place them on a cooling rack to drain any excess oil.

  8. Fries

    French fries and Flounder are comforting and filling combination.I heat up some store bought  steak fries  and seasoned it with parsley, garlic salt , chili flake and sumac. 

  9. Serve fries, lemon and tartar sauce

    A classic condiment for fried fish, tartar sauce is a must-have along with lemon wedges. Squeezing fresh lemon juice over the fried flounder adds a zesty, citrusy flavor that complements the fish's mild taste.Enjoy your homemade fried flounder! It's a delicious and crispy dish that's perfect for a seafood lunch or dinner.

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