Deep Fried Main Dish Recipes

Fried chicken. Fish Tacos. Corn dogs. Finger Steaks. When you’re in the mood for crispy fried food, these 5-star recipes do it right.

Staff Picks

Fried Butterflied Shrimp

Rating: 4.43 stars
171
These shrimp will knock your socks off! The batter doesn't overcoat the shrimp, which helps it maintain a wonderful flavor! Enjoy!

Burton's Southern Fried Chicken with White Gravy

Rating: 4.6 stars
9
Breaded buttermilk fried chicken and a pan-drippings gravy with milk or cream. The gravy is great on the chicken, but mash up some potatoes with some butter and cream and bake up some cornbread or biscuits and you have the quintessential southern meal with some northern urban twists.

Crispy Fried Fish

Rating: 4.47 stars
112
Whip up a regular beer batter, and add a final spicy dry dredge to create a truly crispy dish.

Japanese-Style Deep-Fried Shrimp

Rating: 4.84 stars
253
Shrimp are seasoned and coated with crispy panko crumbs to make the easiest, tastiest deep-fried shrimp ever!

Southern Spicy Fried Chicken

Rating: 4.21 stars
42
This one is finger-licking good! It's a keeper and a must try!

Fried Soft-Shell Crab

Rating: 4.71 stars
33
These crabs are fried to a light crisp, and you can eat the whole crab. It is my favorite food.

Chef John's City Chicken

Rating: 4.4 stars
9
This fascinating pork-on-a-stick recipe is American cuisine in a nutshell. City cooks, who couldn't get chicken, would take scraps from much cheaper, at the time, pork and build something similar to what you see here. Why this represents the true spirit of American food is that long after chicken became cheap and plentiful, people kept making and eating this anyway. Serve with honey mustard.

Oklahoma Indian Tacos

Rating: 4.76 stars
29
We used to get these at county fairs in Oklahoma when I was growing up! So good! A delicious chili mixture served on top of out-of-this-world fried bread and trimmed with all your favorite taco trimmings, like shredded cheese, lettuce, chopped tomatoes, black olives, and salsa.

The Best Chicken Fried Steak

Rating: 4.45 stars
1028
I received this recipe from a co-worker about 5 years ago. This is by far the best chicken fried steak I've ever had. I've made this numerous times for my picky eater son and my southern-raised better half, as well as other family and friends. I get nothing but rave reviews each time.

Corn Dogs

Rating: 4.57 stars
712
I made up this recipe many years ago, because I loved the corn dogs you buy at carnivals but could not find a recipe for them. Great served with mustard.

Chef John's Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Rating: 4.49 stars
325
I love the tangy tenderization that the buttermilk provides. After the buttermilk soak, dredge the chicken pieces in seasoned flour, and fry them in hot oil until crisp and cooked.

Triple Dipped Fried Chicken

Rating: 4.42 stars
720
This is the crispiest, spiciest, homemade fried chicken I have ever tasted! It is equally good served hot or cold and has been a picnic favorite in my family for years.
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Chicken Fried Chicken

"Finally, a fried chicken recipe for boneless, skinless chicken breasts! Family and friends loved it, and so did I." – Mom2oneSon

Fish Tacos

"My family went nuts over it. Will definitely be making this many, many times. It was just like eating a phenomenal fish taco at the beach!" – Mmmmm

The Best Ever Chicken Nuggets

Rating: 4.55 stars
221

This recipe has been in our family for years. The only problem with it is that there's never enough. It's great for parties, too.