Fried Fish Sandwich
This fried fish sandwich doesn’t stray far from the classic fast-food staple: breaded fish, a soft bun, a slice of cheese and tangy tartar sauce. The best part is you can put it together in just about the amount of time it would take to stand in line and order it at the counter. Capers, shallots and fresh dill make this tartar sauce feel a little fancy, but a splash of soy sauce adds the umami that takes it to a very familiar place. Flounder is an affordable choice for the recipe, but if you can’t find it, substitute with sole or any mild flat fish.
- Serves: 4 persons
- ½cup mayonnaise
- ¼cup bread and butter pickle chips, finely chopped, plus 1 tablespoon pickle brine
- 1small shallot, finely chopped
- 2tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh dill
- 2tablespoons (drained) capers, coarsely chopped
- 1teaspoon soy sauce or tamari
- Kosher salt
- 1cup vegetable oil
- ¼cup all-purpose flour
- 2large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2cups panko bread crumbs
- 4flounder fillets (about 1 pound), halved crosswise
- Kosher salt
- 4soft white buns
- 4slices American cheese or Cheddar
Step 1Prepare the tartar sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, pickles and pickle brine, shallot, dill, capers and soy sauce. Season with salt to taste and set aside. (Makes 3/4 cup.)
Step 2Prepare the fried fish: Heat oil in a large, straight-sided skillet over medium. Place flour, eggs and panko in 3 separate medium shallow bowls. Season flounder on both sides with salt and dredge in flour, dusting off excess, then transfer to egg wash, allow excess to drip off, then coat with panko.
Step 3Working in batches, fry about 4 breaded fillets at a time until golden brown and cooked through, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Transfer to a wire rack and season with salt. Repeat with remaining fish.
Step 4Assemble the sandwiches: Spread tartar sauce on both sides of each bun. Place 1 piece of fried fish on each bottom bun, then add a slice of cheese on top and another piece of fish on the cheese. The residual heat from the fish will help melt the cheese. Sandwich together and serve immediately.