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Cornmeal Crusted Grouper & Grits

April 9, 2019 |

Recipe courtesy of Chef Bud Taylor.
as seen on episode “Grouper | Sneads Ferry, NC“, Season 8

Flavor, NC | Cornmeal Crusted Grouper & Grits
Grits (Ratio: 3 Parts Water/1 Part Whole Milk/1 Part Grits):


  • 1 Cup Stone Ground Yellow Grits (Adluh Mills, Anson Mills or Other Quality Brand, Don’t Use Quick Grits)
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • 3 Cups Cold Water
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Cup Grated Asiago or Parmesan
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. In stock pot bring water, milk & butter to a boil
  2. Slowly whisk in grits and return to a boil for 1-2 minutes
  3. Reduce heat to a high simmer and cook 30-45 minutes or until grits are tender
  4. Remove from heat and stir in cheese
  5. Season to taste with salt & pepper



  • 1 Green Tomato – Cut Into ½ Inch Dice
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Shallot (May Sub Red Onion)
  • ¼ Teaspoon Minced Garlic
  • 4-6 Oz. Nc Country Ham- Cut Into Small Strip
  • ½ Cup Dry White Wine
  • 2 Cups Shrimp Stock (May Sub Seafood Base)
  • Unsalted Cold Butter- Cut Into Cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons Thinly Sliced Scallion
  • 1 Teaspoon Each Diced Fresh Thyme, Basil, and Parsley


(Sauce can be made in advance and kept warm)

  1. In hot sauté pan place 2 t butter, shallot, garlic and country ham and cook until lightly brown
  2. De-glaze pan with white whine
  3. Add green tomatoes to pan and cook approx. 1 minute
  4. Add shrimp stock and 2 t butter and let reduce by ¼
  5. Add scallions & fresh herbs
  6. Remove from heat
  7. Finish sauce by stirring several cubes of cold butter into sauce, until thickens slightly
  8. Season to taste with salt & pepper

Cornmeal Crusted Grouper:


    • 4 4 Oz. Grouper Filets (about 1 inch thick)
    • Breader
      • 2 Cups Cornstarch
      • 1 Cups Cornmeal
      • 3 Tablespoons Seasoning Salt
      • 3 Tablespoons Paprika
      • 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
      • 3 Tablespoons Granulated Garlic
      • 3 Tablespoons Course Black Pepper


  1. Pre-heat vegetable oil in large pot or deep fryer to 350 degrees.
  2. Place grouper filets one at a time into breader, toss until thoroughly coated. Shake to remove excess breader.
  3. Place fish in hot oil and fry for 4-6 minutes until golden brown. Do not overcook; fish will continue to cook after you remove it from the oil.
  4. Remove from oil and drain on paper towel lined platter.

To Serve:

Divide grits into 4 bowls.
Spoon sauce mixture equally into bowls on top of grits. Do not stir up.
Place cooked Grouper filet on top of grits.
Garnish with fresh chive (optional).

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