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'Wich of the Week: Fried Grouper Sandwich

'Wich of the Week: Fried Grouper Sandwich

You know I love to seek out local delicacies when traveling, so when I recently visited Florida, I was determined to eat grouper, a flaky white fish native to the Gulf of Mexico. So determined, in fact, that I ended up devouring two different versions of grouper sandwich: one fried and one grilled. I found the fried variety at a classic seafood shack that serves sides of creamy coleslaw and hush puppies. (Stay tuned next week for the more gourmet grilled version.) Delightfully simple, this sandwich showcased the cornmeal-crusted fish, and the grilled bun was a nice touch. I also heaped some slaw onto mine for a little something extra. To get the recipe,


Obviously, grouper was the local catch here, but if you can't find it, substitute halibut or tilapia fillets.

Fried Grouper Sandwich

Fried Grouper Sandwich

Fried Grouper Sandwich


1/2 cup cornmeal
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon hot-pepper flakes
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
2 teaspoon corn oil
4 grouper fillets (about 5 oz. each)
4 hamburger buns, toasted or grilled
2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
tartar sauce and coleslaw, to taste


  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a shallow bowl. Put egg whites in another shallow bowl. Dip each fish fillet in cornmeal mixture, then in egg whites, then again in cornmeal mixture.
  2. Place fillets on a plate; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 10 minutes.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add fillets and cook over medium-high heat, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. On the bottom half of each toasted or grilled bun, spread tartar sauce to taste and top with one fillet. Divide the iceberg lettuce evenly between the four sandwiches, and top with coleslaw if desired. Place top of bun onto lettuce and slaw and serve.

Makes 4 sandwiches.

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LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 7 years
Hmm not sure about this one
TidalWave23 TidalWave23 7 years
I would definitely eat this :feedme:
vintagesugar vintagesugar 7 years
Grouper is my favorite fish. Fried grouper sandwiches are my preference and they are even more delish when consumed on the Gulf of Mexico. This looks wonderful.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 7 years
I love a good grouper sandwich!!!!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
Best Grouper I ever had was at a little restaurant in Tulum, Mexico. Coincidentally, the best margaritas I ever had was at the same restaurant. Although it was little more than tequila with a splash of lemon juice...:rotfl:
audrina audrina 7 years
I love Grouper too!! I work at a restaurant that serves grouper three different ways - Stuffed Grouper, Parmesan Encrusted Grouper and Pecan Encrusted Grouper. All of which are heavenly!!!
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 7 years
Grouper is one of my faves! grouper salad is soooo yum
gabiushka gabiushka 7 years
I like grouper, but I can think of other ways of having it...
hoya21221 hoya21221 7 years
I'm from FL and this is one of my favorite sandwiches in the world. Sadly, you were not able to try it blackened, which I think is the best preparation!
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
not for me...
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