I always love to make specific foods for holidays, so this week I made beer batter fish sandwiches, which are perfect for those of you who celebrate Lent.
My fiancé has been telling me all about the amazing fish fries he would go to growing up, and I figured it was time to bring the fish fry home! He gave these his seal of approval and said it was the best fish sandwich he even had… he might be biased, but they were REALLY good!
Prepare the Coleslaw
I decided to put coleslaw on the fish sandwiches, so it is important to make this first so the cabbage can absorb the sauce and soften.
For the slaw you will need:
- 14 ounce coleslaw mix with red cabbage and carrots
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
I used a bag of pre-shredded coleslaw mix and placed it in a large bowl. Then in a separate bowl mix together the mayonnaise, sugar, lemon juice, vinegar, salt and pepper. Then pour the sauce into the coleslaw mix and mix it all together. Once fully mixed, place it in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.
Prepare and Fry the Fish
The process of deep frying anything can be terrifying and seem complicated, but it is fairly easy. To start you need to pull all the ingredients and set up your work stations- flour, batter, fry.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (1/2 cup for coating the fish, 1 1/2 cups for the batter)
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 can of light beer
- 2 pounds fish fillets – I used Flounder
- Oil for cooking
Start by mixing together all of the dry ingredients to make the batter: 1 1/2 cup of flour, baking powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
Once the dry ingredients are mixed, slowly pour in the one can of light beer. Mix the dry ingredients and the beer together until there is a smooth batter consistency.With the batter made, you can now heat up the oil and prepare the fish.
I used a large metal, high walled skillet since my fillets are really long. You can use a pot if you are using smaller fish. Start by by pouring about 3-4 cups of canola oil, or how ever much oil you need to submerge the fish, into your frying dish. The oil should be at 370 degrees, and I used a kitchen thermometer placed in the oil to ensure the correct temperature.
While the oil heats up, you can start to prepare your fish. Place the 1/2 cup of flour you did not put in the batter and spread it out on a plate. Then take a Flounder fillet and place it in the flour, making sure both sides are completely covered.Next, move the fillet from the flour station to the batter station. You want to fully submerge the fillet in the batter, making sure both sides are completely covered.
Once the oil reaches 370 degrees you are ready to fry the fish! Gently move the fully battered fish fillet from your batter station to the frying stations and gently place the fish in the oil. Be careful you don’t drop the fish in the oil since it will splatter and could potentially burn you. Once in the oil, let the fish fry on one side for about 2-3 minutes, then using tongs, gently flip the fish so the other side can fully cook. Let the other side cook for about 2-3 minutes.
You will know the fish is finished cooking when both side have a nice golden brown and flaky crust on them. At this time you can move the fish from the oil to a baking sheet that has paper towels covering it, so the excess oil is absorbed. Repeat with one fillet at a time until all the fish fillets are fully battered and fried.With your beer batter fish ready to be eaten, it is time to ensemble your sandwich. We used Challah knot rolls, which you can find in most grocery store bakeries. If you can’t find them, feel free to another bun or roll.
I put mayonnaise on the bottom, but feel free to use tartar sauce, ketchup or whatever condiment you prefer on your sandwich. Then top it with your homemade coleslaw, some sandwich pickles, and anything else to make this the best fish sandwich!In the end you will have a massive beer batter fish sandwich that does not disappoint!
I hope this sandwich makes everyone’s Lent a little easier to follow!