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Fried Largemouth Bass

Fried Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass fried as nuggets and whole on a platter covered with paper towels. Tongs are off to the side.

Last night, I helped catch tonight’s dinner. There is no reason in the whole wide world that you shouldn’t eat largemouth bass. I love crappie, bluegill, and walleye, but so often people give me a funny look when I tell them we eat largemouth.

We had some friends over to fish the bass pond. I caught three and kept two. The last one went back to the water. Chance caught one, and his buddy, Nathan, caught two. You can’t ask for a better night pond-side.

We ended up deep-fried them along with some crinkle french fries, and we are all stuffed (the Munchkin included). Any side will work well with these deep-fried nuggets! Here’s how we did it:

Deep Fried Largemouth Bass

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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • Deep Fryer or deep frying pan


  • A mess of largemouths we used three
  • Zatarain's Seasoned Fish-Fri or other fish seasonings
  • Frying oil


  • Clean and fillet 3 medium-sized largemouth bass
  • Cut fillets lengthwise against the grain in 1" strips
  • Cut the strips into 1" cubes
  • Heat oil in deep fryer or a deep frying pan to 350 degrees
  • Drop cubes of largemouth bass into a large freezer bag containing enough Zatarain's Seasoned Fish-Fri (or seasoning of your choice) to coat. Shake bag to coat all cubes.
  • Drop coated cubes into the fryer. Fry fish until the cubes are golden brown and floating on top of the oil.
  • Remove fish and place on paper towels to drain. Serve hot with fresh French fries or the side of your choice!
Keyword Bass, Fish
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