Key West Recipe’s: Island Genn’s Famous Key West Fried Grouper Bites

Red Grouper
Key West angler holds a Nice Red Grouper Caught with Capt. Steven Lamp of Dream Catcher Charters.

I have been told by many, many people that this is the BEST fried fish they have ever eaten. They always ask me how I do it. Well here is my “secret” recipe for Fried Grouper fish bites.
Try it out for yourself. Super simple and very tasty sure to be a hit with your  fishing warrior and company.



  • 2 C flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 T seasoning salt
  • 2 C Italian style breadcrumbs
  • vegetable oil
  • 4 filets of grouper


  • Two small mixing bowls 
  • Four dinner sized plates
  • One Sauce pan
  • Tongs
  • Paper Towels
  • Waxed Paper (optional)

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Have your fishing guide properly filet your catch and put them in a ziplock bag for you after your day of fishing. Its very important that you don’t let the filets get hot in the summer sun or get hot.

Once you get back to your kitchen use cold water to rinse the filets once again

Cut the grouper  fillets into bite size pieces about 1 by 1 inch in size.

Sprinkle the bite sized fish cubes with seasoning salt and set aside.

Pour flour onto the first dinner plate to dredge fish in. Set aside.

In the first bowl crack 2 eggs and mix vigorously with the water. Set aside.

Pour breadcrumbs onto the second dinner plate to dredge fish in. Set aside.

In the sauce pan pour enough oil in to reach about 2 inches high. Put on stove over medium heat and warm up.

While oil heats in sauce pan Prep the Fish for Frying..

  1. Dredge fish first into flour – shake off excess flour.
  2. Dredge the fish into egg mixture – let it drain off excess
  3. Dredge into the breadcrumbs – Shaking off excess..
  4. Set pieces aside on third dinner plate Ready to Cook..

When oil is heated add fish to it. (careful not to let hot grease jump). Fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes. You may need to turn once while they are in the pan frying.

On the Fourth dinner plate… Lay Paper Towels in the plate to make a bed to soak up excess grease from finished pieces of fried grouper to cool. .

To Serve

Serve warm with lemon, cocktail sauce, or tarter sauce, all are really good condiments to have. Some just like plain old catchup.

Leftovers are a great snack. Just store what is not eaten in a container sealed from the air. Serve cold is my favorite but you can warm them up in the micro if you want. Never had a complaint cold.

I know you will enjoy this recipe as much as we do. Drop me an email.
Tell me how it turns out.

Island Genn

More About Key West Grouper

There are several different types of grouper caught here in Key West waters.. They are all fabulous eating but I will start the list with my favorite.

  • Black Grouper
  • Scamp Grouper
  • Red Grouper
  • Gag Grouper

To Catch Key West Grouper

Anglers come from all over the world to fish Key West’s extremely fertile grouper grounds. Grouper fishing can be found from 1 mile to 100 miles from the dock here in Key West. With the new rules in place and grouper season (January 1 – April 30) missing the height of tourist season there are many more fish around. The Marquesas Keys and the Dry Tortugas offer an incredible fishery for grouper. Get with your local Key West Fishing guide and see what they have for you to go catch a grouper out of Key West.


You can go to your local seafood house here in Key West and buy some filets for a nice Fried Grouper Dinner Key West style….