Family Fish Fry – St. George Style

by Alli

My brother and his family have been vacationing at St. George Island since my nephew, Biff, was just a tiny lad.  Somewhere along the way, mom and dad began to accompany them on their adventures.  A short time later, my sister, Melinda, and her family joined up on a yearly trek, all the way from beautiful Colorado.  My other brothers have been several times, as has my aunt Jane.  Because of conflicting schedules, I’ve only been a few times, but boy, the priceless memories we have made!

St. George Island is a beautiful, unspoiled 28-mile barrier island, located on north Florida’s gulf coast (just threw in a little geography lesson, didn’t I?).  It is a peaceful, serene bit of paradise and is rated one of the top beaches in the US!

My family goes for the fishing, the beach, relaxation and isolation; we go to get away from it all! There are only a few rules:  We must be beach front (read about my views, shared by the rest of the family, on that subject here) with an awesome front porch for early morning coffee and conversation.  I’m not the only early bird in my family!  And, of course, we must all have our own bedroom/bathroom.  And Patty and Melinda always find the best beach house for us!

St. George Island is not for party animals, nor for people wanting somewhere to go every minute of the day.  If that’s what’s desired, go to North Myrtle Beach, my immediate family vacation hot spot!  I always say that St. George reminds me of those sleepy little islands that beach novels allude to, and we love it!

One of our favorite nights is Family Fish Fry night, where we fry up (well, I don’t actually cook on this night) the fish we have caught, plus sides like fried green tomatoes and Stan’s Hushpuppies.  A few weeks ago we caught sea trout, whiting, Spanish mackerel and croaker.  My brother cleaned the fish and filleted them.

Helpful Hint:  Use an electric knife to fillet a fish.  There are electric knives made especially for filleting fish, but any electric knife will do!

We don’t like a lot of breading on our fish.  We like them the simple way mom and dad have been frying them for years.  Easy on the salt, mom!  🙂



Family Fish Fry – St. George Style

Family Fish Fry – St. George Style


  • fish fillets, rinsed and patted dry
  • cornmeal mix
  • peanut oil for deep frying, six cups if using outside cooker
  • sprinkle of salt and pepper on each fillet


  1. Heat oil between 325-350. Don't go over 350 or under 325. Sprinkle salt and pepper over fish and coat with cornmeal mix. Fry in heated oil until browned on both sides. It only takes about 7-11 minutes to fry, depending on the thickness of the fish fillets.



Look at all the sand dollars we found!


The above pic is after I soaked the sand dollars in a water/bleach bath and let them dry in the sun!


NAncy July 22, 2013 - 9:14 am

Jealous. so so jealous. How wonderful!

Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines July 23, 2013 - 11:34 am

I can almost hear the waves crashing:) Beautiful~Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

Alli July 23, 2013 - 11:06 pm

Thanks for stopping by! About to visit your blog!

Deanna Ritz July 23, 2013 - 10:01 pm

Hi Ali,
Your vacation sounds like so much fun! For the past 6 years we have been going to Seaside & Destin Fl. It’s just beautiful there! We didn’t go this year and I miss it so much. We went up to Minnesota to see family this summer. That was really fun too but I miss the Fl beach. I look forward to co-hosting with you at Tasty Tuesday this month and getting to know you better.
Hope you have a great night.
Deanna @ glorioulsymade

Alli July 23, 2013 - 11:07 pm

I grew up in Georgia, so FL beaches have always been a big part of my life! Looking forward to co-hosting with you, as well!


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