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.
With this recipe, I use southern fried (and Cajun flavored) fresh Orange Roughy fish along with cheddar cheese corn grits. Other “white flaky fish” alternatives that would work well include cod, trout, bass, grouper, and (red) snapper. They are all great for frying.
Instead of using the traditional “quick” grits, I opt for polenta. Both polenta and grits are made from stone-ground cornmeal.
Aside from the fact grits are typically made using white corn and polenta using yellow, the most notable difference between the two is in the texture. Polenta is much coarser which is the ideal and perfect to hold up to the extra ingredients, like cheddar cheese, in this recipe.
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:
- Beer Battered Cod with Sriracha Tartar Sauce
- Crispy “Ritz” Fried Fish Sandwich
- Crispy Fried Red Snapper Fish Sticks
Cajun-flavored Orange Roughy fish paired with cheddar cheese corn grits, also known as polenta.
- 1 lb. Orange Roughy Fish Filets
- 1 cup Louisiana Fish Fry New Orleans Style
- 2 Large Organic Brown Eggs
- 2 tsp. White Cooking Wine
- 1 tsp. Black Pepper
- 2 and 1/2 tsp. Creole Seasoning
- 1 cup Yellow Corn Grits/Polenta
- 3 cups Water
- 2 tsp. Butter
- Dash Sea Salt
- 1/4 cup Parmesan Grated Cheese
- 1 and 1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese Shredded
- In a medium sized pot, add 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add 2 dashes of sea salt then slowly add 1 cup of corn grits (polenta) and continue to stir. Bring heat to a low heat and continue to stir and cook for 5 minutes. Add butter, Parmesan cheese, and cheddar cheese and stir until smooth and bring heat to simmer.
- In a separate cast iron pan, add olive oil to cover bottom of pan and bring to medium heat.
- Season your Orange Roughy with black pepper and creole seasoning on both sides and set to side.
- Add eggs and wine to a small bowl and mix well. Add fish fry to a separate bowl. Dip the seasoned fish in the egg mixture then transfer to the fish fry mix and cover completely. Once covered, add to hot cooking oil and cook for 4 to 5 minutes on each side.
- Once completed allow to cool then serve with grits.
You can substitute your favorite white wine for the cooking wine.
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Fry
- Cuisine: Southern
- Calories: 636
- Fat: 20.4
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