Cajun Fried Fish and Cheese Grits

My Cajun Fried Fish & Cheese Grits recipe is a southern delicacy that is really easy to make and can be enjoyed for brunch or dinner! If you are from the south or have ever visited, you’ve most likely heard of fried fish and grits.

Cajun fried orange roughy with cheese grits

I grew up on grits and cheddar cheese grits made an appearance every weekend during our family breakfast. But grits are not only a breakfast or brunch dish — shrimp and grits are very popular in Louisiana and are enjoyed for dinner frequently, especially in New Orleans.

Because I no longer eat shrimp, I wanted to create a recipe that allowed me to enjoy the flavors of this dish, minus the shellfish.

Cajun fried orange roughy

Ingredients you’ll need to make fish and grits:

fish and grits ingredients

What type of fish should I use?

For my fish and grits, I went with southern fried (and Cajun flavored) fresh Orange Roughy fish. Other “white flaky fish” alternatives that would work well include cod, trout, bass, grouper, and red snapper. They are all great for frying.

What type of grits should I use and what is the difference?

I place grits into four main categories by their texture: stone-ground, regular, quick, and instant. Stone-ground grits are made from whole corn kernels and are not overly processed like other types of grits. This is the way grits were enjoyed back in the day. And the coarseness scale just decreases from there. Regular grits have a medium coarseness where quick and instant grits are ground fine.

The finer the grits are ground, the quicker they will cook. Stone grits take the longest to cook and instant grits are the fastest.

And because stone-grits are much coarser, they are ideal and perfect to hold up to the extra ingredients, like cheddar cheese, in this recipe.

And what about yellow versus white grits?

Yellow and white grits are made using different types of corn. Yellow grits tend to have more flavor (to me) than white grits and pack a hint of sweetness that you won’t find in white grits.

For my grits, I chose Palmetto Farms Yellow Stone Ground Grits. For authentic Southern-style grits, I recommend sticking to the stone-ground variety.

How to make fried fish and grits:

First, you’ll want to start with your grits since these take the longest to prepare.

Add your grits to a boiling pot of water, evaporated milk, and sea salt. The grits will cook for 20-25 minutes to reach the desired texture and creaminess.

Adding cheddar cheese to grits on stove

This grits are packed with three types of cheese. Add your butter, Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese then stir until smooth. Reduce the heat to simmer while you prepare your fried fish.

Cheese grits made with three types of cheese

In cast iron pan, add olive oil and bring to medium heat.

Season your Orange Roughy (or fish of choice) with black pepper and creole seasoning on both sides and set to side.

Seasoning orange roughy

Add eggs and wine to a small bowl and mix well. Add fish fry breading mix to a separate bowl. Dip the seasoned fish in the egg mixture then transfer to the breading mix and cover completely.

Dredging and coating the Cajun fish

After your fish is fully dredged, add to hot cooking oil and cook for 3 minutes on each side.

Frying fish in cast iron skillet

Once they are golden brown, allow them to cool for a few minutes, then place them on bed of cheesy grits.

Overhead shot of Cajun fried orange roughy with cheese grits

Cajun Fried Fish & Cheese Grits are truly the perfect pair and could be equally enjoyed for brunch or dinner.

Check out my other fried fish recipes:

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Cajun fried orange roughy with cheese grits

Cajun Fried Fish and Cheese Grits

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  • Author: Eric
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Cajun Fried Fish & Cheese Grits, a southern delicacy made with Cajun Orange Roughy fish and cheddar cheesy stone-ground grits; perfect for brunch or dinner.


For the grits:
  • 1 cup Yellow Stone Ground Grits
  • 3 1/2 cups Water
  • 1/2 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 tsp. Himalayan Salt
  • 2 tbsp. Butter
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
For the fish:


  1. In a medium-sized pot, add 3 1/2 cups of water and 1/2 evaporated milk and bring to a boil. Add 2 dashes of sea salt then slowly add 1 cup stone-ground grits. Continue to stir. Bring heat to low and continue to stir and cook for 20-25 minutes. Add butter, Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese. Stir until smooth and bring heat to simmer.
  2. In a separate cast iron pan, add olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan and bring to medium heat.
  3. Season your Orange Roughy with black pepper and creole seasoning on both sides and set to the side.
  4. Add eggs and wine to a small bowl and mix. Add fish fry to a separate bowl. Dredge the seasoned fish in the egg mixture then transfer to the breading mix, covering completely. Once fully dredged, add the fish fillets to the hot cooking oil. Fry for 3 minutes on each side.
  5. Allow to cool then serve on top of cheesy stone-ground grits.


  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Seafood
  • Method: Fry
  • Cuisine: Southern


  • Calories: 636
  • Fat: 20.4

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  1. I made this recipe and my family loved it!

    1. Eric Jones says:

      Glad to hear that, Erika! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

  2. Is the Cajun yellow corn fish fry a brand or is it made?

    1. Eric Jones says:

      Hello Tomeka! I typically use the Louisiana Fish Fry New Orleans Style.

  3. Sorry, never mind. I see now.

  4. Hi. When do you use the cooking wine?

    1. To the eggs for dredging. I didn’t have wine so I just added a little water and it was fine!

      1. Eric Jones says:

        Thanks great Lindsey! It’s all about making recipes your own so glad you were able to make the adjustment and enjoy it!