Top 5 Southern Seafood Recipes

by Alli

I come from a seafood loving family!  Not only do we love to eat seafood; we love to catch it, too!  I could bait a hook when I was five and learned to take a catfish off a hook without getting finned shortly thereafter. Catfish don’t sting, but they have sharp fins that can really do some damage to your hands.

Don’t know how I got off on all that catfish stuff, because what I really want to share is my Top 5 Southern Seafood Recipes I’ve collected over the years.  I’ve eaten seafood all over the world, but I’ve yet to find fried fish and hushpuppies as good as my mom’s.  I’m completely serious.  Her fried fish has the perfect amount of crispiness and is not greasy at all.

These days, I reserve fried foods for special occasions.  Every time I travel to visit mom is a special occasion!

Helpful Hint:  The main reason fried foods are greasy (that’s southern speak) or oily, it’s usually because the oil is not hot enough.  I grew up on fried foods, so I can pretty much eyeball it, but if you can’t, get a thermometer.  Ideally, oil for frying should be between 325º to 350º.

Peanut oil is the only oil my family uses when it comes to deep frying. It has a neutral taste, high smoke point, and low levels of saturated fats.

Here are my Top 5 Southern Seafood Recipes:

Southern Seafood Recipes

1.  Fried Fish

This is my mom’s simple and delicious fried fish recipe.  It doesn’t get any better than this.

Fried Fish

2.  Stan’s Hushpuppies

I realize that hushpuppies are not seafood, but you can’t have fried fish without them.  At least in my opinion.  My brother, Stan, makes hushpuppies just like mom’s.  That’s why they’re so good!


3.  Biff’s Parmesan Topped Oyster Bake

Anytime we get together at St. George Island, my nephew, Biff, gets requests for his baked oysters.


4.  Fried Lobster Bites

This is my recreation of the lobster bites that I order every single time I eat at The Flamingo Grill in Myrtle Beach.

Flamingo Grill Copycat Lobster Bites

5.  Shrimp Po Boys

I’m not from New Orleans, but I make a mean shrimp Po boy.  Just ask my husband.

Shrimp Po' Boy & Creole Mayo

Are you a seafood lover?  If so, what’s your favorite seafood?




Jeanette August 25, 2015 - 9:47 am

OHH I miss Southern cooking! I moved away a long time ago, but there is nothing like good southern cooking. Hush Puppies I loved even as a kid! I totally forgot about them! Thanks for sharing!

Chubskulit Rose August 25, 2015 - 10:56 am

I would love me some lobster bites. Seafood is right in my alley and you are making me hungry, lol.

Jesica H August 25, 2015 - 12:24 pm

I am just not a fan of seafood, I don’t know what it is about it but I can’t even bring myself to try most of it lol. My husband loves seafood, so I really should give it a try!

lisa August 25, 2015 - 12:35 pm

These dishes all look so good! I can’t remember the last time I had hush puppies-yum!

jo August 25, 2015 - 1:41 pm

I’ve never tried peanut oil for cooking or deep-frying. Where can we buy it anyway? Those recipes, because they’re mostly fried, I think are okay with my dairy-free diet! Either salad, fried or soup does the trick for me. I’ll have to try one of these seafood recipes soon.

lisa @bitesforbabies August 25, 2015 - 2:13 pm

Wow!! I absolutely LOVE seafood…I could eat it every day! ALL of these look so delicious!

rika agustini August 25, 2015 - 2:37 pm

I love southern seafood! My favorite is lobster and crawfish! Yum

Liz Mays August 25, 2015 - 5:10 pm

Oh yeah, the family would love trying these out. I have to try the lobster bites for sure.

Robin (Masshole Mommy) August 25, 2015 - 5:30 pm

Fried fish is always super tasty! We are big fans of seafood.

Bek Dillydrops August 25, 2015 - 5:58 pm

I love seafood. These all look like different recipes to the ones I would eat. I’d love to give these a try! Fab!

Felicita Moncada August 25, 2015 - 9:38 pm

I love fried fish! Those lobster bites look amazing – I’ve never tried friend lobster bites. Yum!

Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green August 25, 2015 - 10:54 pm

I’m a seafood lover and those fried lobster bites have me drooling. My gosh they look so good.

Mykidsguide August 26, 2015 - 7:37 am

I love seafoods! The baked oysters look so delectable. i used to hate oysters when I was young, but I’ve grown to love it as I grew older.

Valerie August 26, 2015 - 8:08 am

We are not southern but really like to eat like we are. These are all great recipes!

michele d August 26, 2015 - 9:32 am

I don’t eat seafood very often because my husband is allergic to it but your dishes look mighty good!

Ashleigh Walls August 26, 2015 - 12:12 pm

I love hush puppies! My boyfriend made them and they were amazing, will have to share that recipe with him.

Angela Weight August 26, 2015 - 2:01 pm

These recipes look amazing! I come from a seafood loving family too.. And I’ve also been finned by a catfish. You aren’t lying about how painful that can be.

Ann Bacciaglia August 26, 2015 - 4:45 pm

This food all looks amazing. I would love to try some of these recipes. My family loves seafood.

Nickida August 26, 2015 - 5:36 pm

Po Boy sandwiches are the best. I love making them for the family.

Uplifting Families August 27, 2015 - 1:11 am

I enjoy shrimp either fried or boiled. I also like crab legs but they are a bit of work to eat.

Yona Williams August 28, 2015 - 1:52 pm

I did not know that reaching a certain temperature could have a positive effect on the greasy levels of your food. Fried Lobster Bites sound delicious! I want to try some.


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