Having said that,... this recipe is...
Great for having your own special part
of a Fish Fry Friday...
Above: They were NOT as 'oily' as they might look in this picture. Most of what you see that LOOKS like 'oily' was the reflection of light coming through the window. These fish fillets were very CRUNCHY and DELICIOUS!
---------------------------Below: Deep-Fried Fish and a really quick-to-make
Tartar Sauce-like sauce...
Above: For my own kind of Tartar Sauce-like sauce, I just stir some of my own homemade pickle relish into either Hellman's mayonnaise OR Miracle Whip Salad Dressing. The taste will be altered by the variety of relish you mix into either the mayonnaise OR Miracle Whip.
For quite a while, I've had this recipe for a 'frying batter' and we like it because it doesn't get soggy/heavy as it fries. (I'm thinking this is the same recipe my mother used in the 'olden days'.)
- 3/4 cup flour
- 2 level tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup cold water
- Oil for deep frying. I suggest you do your own google search to find out which oil is best to use-- which one YOU want to use: https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ie=UTF-8&ion=1#hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=healthiest%20oil%20for%20deep%20fat%20frying&oq=&aq=&aqi=&aql=&gs_l=&pbx=1&fp=669bb0f587f6dede&ion=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1163&bih=590
1. Sift dry ingredients together
2. Add water and mix very well (until smooth)
3. Use to coat fish or chicken fillets.
4. Cover both sides completely, letting excess drip off.
5. Deep fry in oil at 360-370 degrees until a nice golden brown.**
6. After DEEP FRYING for about 5 minutes, remove from oil and place on an absorbent surface. (If frying in a pan, continue until each side is golden brown and the center is done.)
*My personal opinion is that this batter is even better if made about an hour ahead of using it.
**Some use this batter (as listed above) and then fry the fish in a regular frying pan. In that case, your fried fish might look like this:
Above: For frying in a pan, I use a little oil and then, without having the heat too high, I add a very small amount of butter to aid with the 'browning'.
** ANOTHER WAY I LIKE TO FRY FISH: Dip each side of a fish fillet into some dry buttermilk pancake mix, and then fry in a light mix of oil/butter. That's a "YUM", too!!!
P.S. Thank you, Fisherman Jim (and Pam), for the fish. The 'fish of your labors' couldn't have been better!