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Try Out This Grouper Bites Recipe

How to Make Fried Grouper Bites

Our Gulf waters have been so plentiful this summer, and we’ve had some great luck reeling in everything from mahi to snapper and grouper this season. Snapper season is wrapping up here in Florida, but grouper season lasts all year long, meaning there’s still time to get out on the water and reel in your catch. If you’re looking for a new twist on preparing grouper that doesn’t involve the same old method of grilling or pan-searing, we’ve got the recipe for you! Try out these fried grouper bites as an appetizer or main course at your next get-together (socially distanced, of course!). We got this recipe from our friends at Southern Vacation Rentals; be sure to let them know if you tried this recipe and liked it! We know we sure did!

Grouper Bites Recipe


Makes 5-6 servings

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 – 1 1/2 pound grouper fillet
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp quick-cooking grits
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • Canola oil


  • To make this grouper bites recipe, carefully cut your grouper into 1-inch bite-size nuggets and set aside.
  • Lightly beat the eggs, then stir together milk and pour over the grouper bites. Cover and chill in the fridge for 1-3 hours.
  • Next, combine flour, breadcrumbs, cornstarch, grits, salt, pepper, garlic, oregano, and chili powder in a gallon-sized plastic bag with a sturdy top. Add the grouper bites to the bag and shake to coat. Chill for 30-60 minutes.
  • Then, in a large cast-iron skillet, pour 2 inches of canola oil and heat to 350 degrees. Add the grouper bites carefully so that you don’t splash the hot oil!
  • Fry in batches for 4-6 minutes, until crispy and golden. Transfer to a paper towel on a plate and allow to cool before serving.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

Grouper Bites Recipe

Our Thoughts

The grouper bites are fried, but they are still lightweight! They are also not greasy at all. Be sure to let them cool on a paper towel and pat dry if you need to. We paired these with a tartar sauce, an ice-cold pale ale, and a great view!

Book your Destin fishing charter with one of our preferred vendors this summer! There is still plenty of time to get in on the fun this late summer or fall season. Then, be sure to let us know if you liked this grouper bites recipe!

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