Pan Fried Crappie Fillets

Discussion in 'Fish' started by bearcarver, Mar 7, 2016.

  1. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Pan Fried Crappie Fillets

    I had 9 Crappie Fillets in my Freezer since last summer, and I had been debating whether I wanted to try smoking them or not. I finally decided to just Bread them & Pan Fry them. So I got them out & thawed them.
    Then when I wasn’t looking, Mrs Bear went and rinsed, dried, and Breaded them for me——I say “For Me” because she doesn’t eat any Fish or Seafood.

    So I put a little Crisco & a lot of Butter in the pan, and Fried them all up in 3 batches of 3 Fillets each. They were good size for Pennsylvania Crappies, as they had been all about 12" long fish.

    Then I had 5 of them for Supper (with Sandwich Spread as Tartar Sauce).
    And the next two mornings I put two Reheated Crappie Fillets next to my morning Eggs.

    I’ll never understand why they named them “Crappies” because I rate them right up there with my favorites——Bluegills, Perch, and Catfish!!

    Thanks for Looking,


    9 Crappie Fillets all Breaded up (Thanks Mrs Bear!):

    Frying 3 Fillets at a time:

    After the first flip:

    Couple minutes draining on Paper Towels:

    Plating up with Kraft Sandwich Spread (my Tartar Sauce):

    Bear’s first helping of Pan Fried Crappie Fillets:
  2. elginplowboy

    elginplowboy Meat Mopper

    Those are my favorite! Looking good
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Crappie is just about my favorite fish, real plentiful down here.

    We fry them in a big fish fryer, seems like someone is always having a fish fry around here.

    Lot's of fisherman live in my community, and they all are catching crappie all the time.

    Great job on those crappie Bear!

    I tried to give you points, but they said I'm over my limit. Didn't know there was a limit.  [​IMG]

  4. To me, Crappie is fantastic fried up like that, I wish I had a mess of Crappie right now   Nice job Bear  I know

    they were tasty. 

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  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank You!!

  6. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

     The word can be pronounced differently by regions.....croppie or crappé . I remembered them called calico's when I was a Pa. kid .....

    Their my favorite fresh water fish. Sea trout are also atop the list for ocean fish.  Those are some tasty looking fish.. .Your killing me bear.......[​IMG]
  7. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks excellent John... nice bonus getting a breakfast from them also!
  8. I think John has everybody in the mood for some fresh Crappie,  I know I am

    Hey I'll trade Brisket for Crappie, (I might have to throw in something else)  Fish looks awful good

  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Nice size. Have not had them since the late 70's Boy Scout fishing trips...JJ
  10. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Bear, they look great.

    I never had them, believe that?
  11. I am fish hungry now, Thanks to Bear.  I told this story to Bear before but thought everyone might like it.  Back in the 80's when I lived in Longview there was a BBQ place that had smoked catfish, the first time I tried it I was hooked.  He took small whole catfish, breaded and deep fried them then he would put them on his smoker. Wow   Smoked. Fried Catfish  And I'd bet Crappie would be Fantastic.

  12. okie362

    okie362 Smoking Fanatic

    OK...The water temp is almost there for the spawn, weather is nice, waters are calm, lake is at a good elevation, the boat is ready, checked out and fueled.  All that is in Oklahoma and I'm in India and you just HAD to put this out there now huh?!!!

    Looks good.  Can't wait to get home.
  13. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Doh... Had to change my
  14. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have to agree, sac-a-lait & Catfish

    Nice looking fish.
  15. okie362

    okie362 Smoking Fanatic

    Y'all are just wrong...Evil and wrong!
  16. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great Bear!

  17. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks, John!

    A blast from my past.  Great looking meal!

    Crappie and fresh water perch are up there at the top of my list too.

    It has just been too long!

    Good luck and good smoking. 
  18. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Tasty lookin meal Bear, we don't get crappie much round here... That's nice of the Mrs to bread em for ya too...
  19. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Al !!

    I had that point problem a couple times----The one time it worked a couple hours later & the next time I had to wait until the next day before I could go back & it worked again.

    Thank You Gary!!

    And Thanks for the Points.

  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Joe!!

    Yup---We used to call them "Calico Bass" too!!

    They fight pretty good too, but pound for pound, I'd say the Rock Bass & Smallmouth are the strongest.

    Thanks Marty!!

    Funny thing is---I usually make my fish for Breakfast---Rarely for Supper.

    This time I had to spread them over 3 meals, because there was 9 nice fillets, and Mrs Bear doesn't eat fish.


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