Food ‘n Flix: JAWS

I was very surprised when the July Food ‘n Flix feature was announced.   Not to be gross, but isn’t all the food in Jaws of the human variety for sharks?  Yes, it might be an odd choice but Amy’s Cooking Adventures thought it would be a fun July feature film.  (You know, Shark Week mania and all that.)   I tend to agree.

It was fun to revisit the 1975 classic.  I remember when the film came out and even being scared to wade into a very much inland swimming pool as my older male cousins hummed the theme song—you know, da-DA-da-DA-da-DA.  I was too young to see the film but from all the cultural references, I was still scared to death.

I was surprised at how suspenseful the film actually was.  Yes, it was campy and Quint was over the top, but let me tell you, I kept jumping out of my skin and screaming (just a bit).

Here’s the food (and beverages)  I spotted during my viewing (when I wasn’t having a panic attack).  Some of these observations might be conjectures…

  • Seaweed (from opening)
  • Falstaff beer from the beach bonfire
  • Alka seltzer?   (in police station after they find what’s left of Chrissy)
  • Tab and Sprite on the beach (vintage cans)
  • Muffin man (song on the beach)
  • Quint munching on crackers at the council meeting
  • Bourbon
  • Holiday roast (as bait)
  • Family dinner (indistinguishable food)
  • Wine (red and white)
  • Pretzels
  • Hot dog stand on the beach
  • Coca cola
  • Coffee ice cream
  • Two cases of brandy (for Quint) 
  • Moonshine
  • Heinze ketchup, Campbell soup, other canned goods (at Quint’s outpost)
  • Narragansett beer (on the Orca)
  • Crackers (or whatever Quint is eating)

None of this food was instrumental to the plot or sparked me to create something creative so I defaulted to fish.  🙂

We have quite a few hybrid bass fish fillets in the freezer from an early June fishing trip that The Hubs and his family took.   He asked the guide the best way to fry up the fillets.  He got a rough recipe and then improvised a bit.   Depending on the heat of your Cajun spice, you might want to add a bit of cayenne pepper.  It’s up to you.

Fried Fish Coating

The Hubs

The Hubs came home with about 35 hybrid bass fish fillets from a recent guided fishing trip. The guide gave him this recipe (loosely).


  • 1 box Jiffy corn bread mix
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 2-3 T. Cajun spice
  • Cayenne pepper (optional)
  • salt (to taste)


  1. Mix the ingredients together in a large shallow bowl.
  2. Coat fish fillets in the coating. Be generous.
  3. Fry in about 2 inches of oil in a large cast iron skillet.
  4. Drain on paper towels. Serve with tartar sauce and/or hot sauce.

NOTE:  This recipe makes a lot of fish coating.  My advice is to put a bit in a bowl and coat as needed.   Then the rest you can save for your next fish fry.

OK.  I totally failed at trying to take pleasing photos of fried fish.

Just try these, though.  I guarantee you will like them.  (And, this coming from someone who is not a huge fish.)

Come hang out with us next month when the feature film is Moonrise Kingdom hosted at Literature and Limes.  I love that quirky little film so it should be fun!

It’s also the next to the last day to vote!  Have you voted yet for my Maple-Chai Pumpkin Muffins?  I’m a finalist in the Taste of Home Ready, Set, Bake! Contest.   You can find the voting form here

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