Looking for a crunchy fish sandwich that delivers on flavor? Then my Crispy Fried Fish Sandwich recipe is what you crave! Breaded fish fillets made extra crispy by way of a “special” ingredient — then sandwiched between a chewy and buttery pretzel bun and topped with homemade tartar sauce and a slice of cheese (if you like it like that). Does it get any better than this?
So what’s this “secret” ingredient?
This sandwich recipe was sparked from wanting a fried fish sandwich, but with a crispier crust. So I added crushed Ritz crackers combined with Panko breadcrumbs to come up with my new favorite Crispy Fried Fish Sandwich masterpiece.
What fish should I use for this recipe?
I prefer (Alaskan) cod for this recipe. It is a very flaky and buttery white fish that holds up well to high heat, making it perfect for a fried sandwich. If you don’t have access to cod or prefer another option, you can also use perch, bass, grouper, halibut, haddock, trout, or snapper. They are all great when fried.
A few tips when making this Crispy Fried Fish Sandwich:
For the buns, I went pretzel-style. Pretzel buns are doughy, chewy, and soft and taste just like those oversized pretzels you get when you go to the carnival or an amusement park. They are perfect for any sandwich. After a quick toasting in the oven and they are ready to go.
When purchasing cod, you’ll want your fillet to be no more than 2 inches thick. Too thick, and you’ll end up overcooking them to compensate for their size. Also, make sure your oil is 375° F. Your oil needs to be hot enough to crisp the breadcrumb coating but not too hot where the middle of the fish is not cooked thoroughly. Once you coat the fish and shake off the excess breadcrumbs, fry the fish to the perfect golden brown.
I prefer to make my own tarter sauce, and after you start making your own at home, you’ll never go back to the store-bought kind. A few simple ingredients (mayo, dill relish, lemon juice, black pepper, paprika, Creole seasoning, and garlic powder) become the creamy layer this sandwich will need.
I love the buttery and rich flavors from the Ritz cracker, and adding that crust to a white fish gives this sandwich an upgrade. If you’re looking for a not-so-fast food fish sandwich this Crispy Fried Fish Sandwich will be there waiting for your taste buds.
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