Junior Food Mart’s Fried Gizzards


The fried gizzards at Junior Food Mart in Kaplan were legendary. Here’s a copycat recipe for them!


  • 1 1/2 pound chicken gizzards
  • 1/2 cup more or less all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp seasoning salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • vegetable oil for frying


Step 1

Preheat enough vegetable oil to cover the gizzards in a medium hard bottom or cast iron skillet (with lid) over medium-high heat.

Step 2

First prep the gizzards for cooking: remove gizzards from container and discard chicken hearts if they're present. Cut away excessive fat and gristle, then wash gizzards thoroughly under running cold water.

Step 3

Next is the most important step: parboiling the gizzards before frying them. Place gizzards in a pot of cold water, bring water to a rolling boil and continue to boil for about 15 minutes.

Step 4

While the gizzards are boiling, prepare coating mixture for the gizzards. Combine flour and seasoning salt in a paper or plastic bag. Shake well and set seasoned flour mixture aside.

Step 5

Once you are finished boiling, pour into a strainer and allow the gizzards to cool.

Step 6

Thoroughly coat the gizzards with the seasoned flour mixture and place into hot vegetable oil; do not crowd the skillet. Cook gizzards on both sides until brown.

Step 7

Lower heat to medium and then cover skillet with lid and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

Step 8

Once done remove from skillet and allow to drain on paper towels.

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