It is that time of year! Time for no meat Fridays, Fish Fries, and fish sticks. I grew up Catholic and have never been to a true fish fry. I am dying to go to one though. So if you know of any great ones let me know. Our local Catholic church has one, but no fryer, so technically not a fish fry?! I am not a fish lover and don’t trust any fish served in Missouri except for catfish, so I’d prefer it with lots of breading and very fried!
Last week I decided to have my own fish fry. I stink at frying anything, I struggle to get the oil temperature hot enough. When I was pregnant with my first I was trying to make fried Okra and set my kitchen on fire. So I am timid to fry anything, but love fried foods. Needless to say the first batch of this fish came out not so great (I have included a blooper picture at the bottom). The batter fell right off my fish and stuck to the pan. After a little research everything said my pan/oil was not hot enough! So I tried again and it worked great!
The breading is nice and light, crispy and so easy to make. I used a Mahi Mahi fish that I get from Costco. One of the few that I approve of (for personal taste and reasoning mainly.) And paired it with our delicious sweet potato fries! This fish and chips recipe is perfect for any fish fry newbie.
- 1 cup Whole Wheat flour
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 pieces Mahi Mahi cut inyo strips (this is what I used, but any type of fish would work great)
- Olive Oil (Again other oils will work, this is what I had. Peanut oil is also great for frying)
- Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
- Pat your fish dry, drudge it through the batter.
- (I did 2-3 pieces at a time)
- Place your fish pieces in the hot oil one piece at a time so they don't stick together. I used my dutch oven. I like that it is deep and wide, however it uses a lot of oil. If the oil doesn't cover the entire fish scoop it over with a spoon.
- Once the batter has browned pull the fish out of the oil and place it on a paper towel.
- When all the fish is cooked place it in the oven on a low temp for a few minutes to dry out the breading a bit (optional)
Recipe borrowed from: allrecipes.com
And as promised the lovely blooper of when I tried to fry the fish in lukewarm oil! All of the batter stuck to the bottom of the pan!
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