Fun Food Fridays: Fantastic Fried Bluegill

Bluegill are a tasty pan fish, but few people actually know how to cook one. I found this recipe recently and thought I’d share it with you. From what I’ve seen lakeside, bluegill are easy for kids to catch.

No matter how hard I try with my corn (a favorite food of bluegill) I can still only catch trout! Even when I’m at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood, AZ and I can see the bluegill swimming around, I can’t catch one for anything. I guess I’m just a trout magnet or something!


  • 8-10 bluegill, cleaned
  • 1/2 cup corn meal
  • 2 TBS oil
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 TBS butter or margarine
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix corn meal and flour together. After thoroughly cleaning the fish, salt and pepper both sides of the fish and roll in the corn meal-flour mixture. In a good size skillet, heat the oil and butter to 325 degrees. Fry fish until golden brown, turning only once.

Serve with Southwest Rice Mix-Up; a great use of leftover bait corn.

And, just so you know, these recipes and others are all available for download in my eGuide “Camp Cooking from the Newsletter”.

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