I love this dish because it reminds me of family. When I was younger, my older family members would go deep sea fishing and bring back their catches to fry for dinner. I lost my grandmother in 2020 to COVID-19, and this dish is not only a reminder of the wonderful times my family shared together, but it’s also a great reminder to cherish every moment with the ones you love.

-Chef Matthew, Executive Chef at Duke University/Trident

The Recipe


  • 5 lbs. freshly caught fish fillets (gutted, descaled and cut into fillets)
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • Vegetable oil


  • Combine cornmeal, flour, salt and pepper to create the fish breading
  • Add 1″ of oil to cast iron skillet and heat to 350 degrees
  • Dredge the fillets
  • Pan fry the fillets in the cast iron skillet
  • Serve over slow-cooked stone ground grits

by Dina Biondo in Recipes