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.

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Fried Butterflied Shrimp

Rating: 4.5 stars 217
These shrimp will knock your socks off! The batter doesn't overcoat the shrimp, which helps it maintain a wonderful flavor! Enjoy!
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Burton's Southern Fried Chicken with White Gravy

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
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: 4.5 stars 148
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: 5 stars 339
Panko-coated shrimp make the easiest, crispiest deep-fried shrimp ever!

Fried Soft-Shell Crab

Rating: 4.5 stars 42
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: 4.5 stars 15
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: 4.5 stars 35
We used to get these Indian tacos 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 Ever Chicken Nuggets

Rating: 4.5 stars 308
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.

Best City Chicken

Rating: 5 stars 171
I grew up in northeast Ohio and this was my all time favorite dish when I was I make it, and my family loves it too! I like to use all pork for my city chicken; however tradition is to use pork and veal combined. The grocery stores around me sell a pack of cubed pork with the wood skewers already in the pack specifically for city chicken, so you may want to look for that first. But, if you can't find that, then cubing your own pork will work fine.

Fried Chicken Sandwich

Rating: 5 stars 12
These fried chicken sandwiches are pretty darn close to those Chick-fil-A sandwiches found in the mall food court. I like to make them on Sundays. Serve with waffle fries!

The Best Chicken Fried Steak

Rating: 4.5 stars 1440
This chicken fried steak recipe is a Southern dish your family will love!

Inspiration and Ideas

Chicken Fried Chicken
Rating: Unrated 2432
"Finally, a fried chicken recipe for boneless, skinless chicken breasts! Family and friends loved it, and so did I." – Mom2oneSon
Fish Tacos
Rating: Unrated 2855
"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
Southern Fried Catfish
Rating: 4.5 stars 143

Buttermilk-marinated catfish fried in a light and crispy cornmeal batter.