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DH loves a good fried fish sandwich, so I prepared the following for dinner tonight.  He's a happy man right now.

 

Crispy Fried Fish
For 2 servings:

2 Wild caught Atlantic cod fillets (4 - 5 oz. each makes large sandwiches)
~ 1 pint buttermilk
1/4 cup cornstarch
½ cup all-purpose flour
pinch salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
6 oz. Lager beer, well chilled
1 quart Crisco Vegetable Oil

Cover thawed cod fillets with cold buttermilk, keep chilled about an hour. Discard buttermilk.  Dry fish with paper towels.

 

Heat 3/4 - 1" of vegetable oil in a deep skillet or Dutch oven until a small piece of white bread dropped in it turns golden brown within a minute or two. (If using a thermometer, 375º)

 

Meanwhile, dredge both sides of fillets in cornstarch.

 

Batter: Combine flour, salt, and baking powder in a pie plate. Stir in cold beer to form a batter. Add cod fillets, turning to coat both sides.

 

Carefully place away from you, the battered cod into the oil. Fry, turning once, about 7-8 minutes total time.

 

Drain on paper towels.

 

Serve on rye bread with tartar sauce (recipe follows).  Sides: cole slaw, French fries, and/or corn on cob.

 

Tartar Sauce

Measurements are approximate. Taste and adjust to personal preference as you go.

Combine:
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup dill pickles, minced
1 teaspoon - 1 Tablespoon capers, minced
1 - 2 teaspoon(s) Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons - 1 Tablespoon onion, green onion or shallot (if using onion, grate on microplane)
1 - 2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon Tobasco sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
½  teaspoon dried tarragon

Make in advance and chill, covered.  The flavor improves overnight.

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@IamMrsG  Your DH eats really good.  That sounds delicious and I'm not a fish lover. 

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The fish sandwiches sound really good - especially on rye bread. I'm definitely trying this recipe. Thanks for posting!

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I wish I you made me this, I would love you & be you best friend. Lucky guy. enjoy this!!!!!!!

 

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Wow @IamMrsG leave it to you to put an unexpected twist on an old favorite . . . rye bread? . . . seriously? . . . I am so going to try this next time I make myself a fish sandwich, thanks for the great recipe and tips!  Smiley Happy

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I'm glad just to get the recipe and directions for really crispy fish.  The fish I've been served has never been really good.  Now I know how to fix it, although I probably wouldn't make a sandwich. 

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@IamMrs, tthis sounds spectacular! It just might be worth a little weekend splurge!

 

Another stellar idea is fish tacos. Many restaurants serve those down here usually using grilled fish-although you could certainly use fried and that gorgeous tarter sauce of yours! What I love,however, is that instead of lettuce and tomato, the tacos are served with slivers of cabbage and carrots which have a wonderful sweet crunchiness.  The cabbage would be splendid on a sandwich as well!

Thanks for posting!

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Good morning,

 @itsmagic@sissel@mtc@Kachina624 and @Poodlepet2

 

Y'all are very welcome for and to the fish recipe.  I thought it would be appropriate to post as we're in the Lenten season now.

 

Like you, @Kachina624,  fish sandwiches are not my favorite fare; however, if I say so myself, this fish is quite good.  Cod is a white, clean and mild fish.

 

I cannot take credit for the use of rye bread, @mtc.  That's the common way fish sandwiches are served in our former city.  My DH would give me a quizzical look if I served it any other way.

 

I apologize for the measure approximations in the tartar sauce. Since we re-located, I cannot find our favorite bottled restaurant brand, so I've had to 'wing it.'  This is as close as I have been able to get (so far  Woman Wink).  It's a work in progress, as they say.  

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Oh my goodness @IamMrsG now you have intrigued me again.  What bottled brand would you use if it was available in your area?

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@mtc  To me, there is only one tartar sauce, and it's Frisch's.

                                        Frisch's Original Tartar Sauce by Frisch's Tarter Sauce

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