Southern Fried Fish Wings

  • Dallas Abel - Recipe by Kaelah James

Did you know there are now over 100 KFC outlets in New Zealand? Some are literally only minutes away from each other. Although tucking into a bucket of fried chicken covered in the Colonel's 11 secret herbs and spices might seem appealing, when you find yourself elbow-deep reaching for that last piece, you'll usually be in a place of regret and shame.

Luckily, we've come to the rescue with a healthier alternative. Utilising fish wings will give you a sense of pride that you are giving more respect to the fish you catch. And cooking this dish will give you the same feeling of eating KFC, without the inevitable

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  • 8 Fish wings, scaled & cut in half 
  • Marinade
  • 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika 
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 1 cup cornflour
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

To Serve

  • Your favourite hot sauce
  • Ranch dressing
  • Lemon wedges 


1) Toss fish wings in marinade and leave to sit for 20mins.

2) Transfer one at a time into coating and press seasoned flour mix all over fish. Make sure to get coating into all the gaps, especially behind the wings.

3) Heat 3-4 cups of oil in your pan. The COBB Grill works wonders (the world's most versatile outdoor cooker).

4) Drop into hot oil, cook for 3-4 mins, then flip and cook another 2 mins. Transfer wings to paper towel to drain.

5) Serve with drizzles of hot sauce and ranch dressing with slices of lemon.

Receipe by Kaelah James - Kaelah's Wild Kai Kitchen. 

Prep Time: 20 mins

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Cook Time: 5-10 mins

Feeds: 2 - 4 (depending on hunger levels)

Part of fish: Wings/throats/collars

April 2022 - Dallas Abel - Kai Ika Project
New Zealand Fishing News Magazine.
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