A SOUTHWEST PROPER FISH DINNER!

Hi there and welcome to Sweet Tea N' Salty Air! How do you do fish in your neck of the woods? I am from Ct. and a proper fish dinner would be fried fish, maybe trout French fried potatoes and a side of slaw. Well not here where I am which is just a holler away from the deep Everglades. A typical fish dinner here is seasoned and fried fish , maybe a Florida favorite and also my favorite Snook, a delicious warm water Florida fish. Ok , then baked beans and a buttery cheesey helping of Grits also a Florida favorite. Actually it looks something like this..........

 After the fresh fish is caught, thank to my brother-in -law who actually brings fish back when he fishes. He fillets them perfectly and I give them a soak of cool water.
 While the heart friendly oil is heating up I prepare a flour mixture... 1/2 flour and half corn meal. I also add some salt, pepper, and whatever you like.
 Then into the hot oil carefully frying but not burning it only takes about 5 min. on each side.
Make the grits according to the package, a good rule of thumb is to treat them like you would a potato. I put lots of  cheddar and butter, salt pepper.



I think the best way to drain oil from food is on a cooling grid, this way the oil just drips away and doesn't linger on the fish, I do the same for Chicken.
 Its really a great idea to use a heart friendly oil for frying.

So this is the complete Southwest Florida fresh fish dinner, including baked beans and lots of lemon. Thank you for visiting today , I hope I have inspired you to get out your fishing poles and catch some dinner! Now I must get to that plate of food  Until next time .....have a wonderful weekend.