I look forward to Lent every year. Not because I’m Catholic, but I love how you can easily find a Fish Fry anywhere! I am a huge lover of fried fish. I love flaky, tasty white fish fillets fried to perfection with zesty tartar sauce on the side! YUM! I commit to having a fish fry yearly but never get the chance. This year, it is going to be different.
Hosting a fish fry can be a fun and delicious way to gather with family and friends. But planning a menu for a fish fry can be daunting, especially if you’re not an experienced cook. Luckily, there are plenty of easy recipes that you can try for your next fish fry.
Here are five simple yet tasty recipes that will impress your guests!
Fish Fry Recipes
Side Dishes for a Fish Fry
Oftentimes, the side dishes are more exciting than the fish. Here is a list of recipes that would go well with a fish fry:
- Homemade Coleslaw
- French Fries
- Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
- Skillet Cornbread
- Classic Potato Salad
Tips for planning a Fish Fry
Although I love the food that comes from fish fry, when hosting it in your home, the biggest issue is how messy and how dishes can pile up quickly. This leads me to my first tip:
Tip 1: Use paper boats instead of plates. That way, guests can throw the boat away when they finish their meal.
Tip 2: Cook your fish and seafood outside. This could be a “Nicole” thing, but the smell seems stuck in the house and can be difficult to eliminate when cooking seafood. Therefore, anything that needs to be cooked in a deep fryer gets cooked outside.
Tip 3: Offer a variety of fish, which could help minimize the cost of the overall dinner. Cod can be expensive. Therefore, I would add catfish, tilapia, and whiting as an option as those tend to be less expensive fish, especially when feeding a crowd.
Tip 4: Lay out an assortment of garnishes to compliment the fish, including tartar sauce, cajun remoulade sauce, hot sauce, lemon wedges, malt vinegar, and ketchup.
Tip 5: Pick a well-trusted grocery store or butcher that provides top-quality seafood for the best quality.
Commonly Asked Questions
There are different fish fry batter options that you can purchase. A particular brand I enjoy is Lousiana seasoned breaded flour mixture. Or you can make your breading from my Homemade Beer Battered Fish Recipe. You can also use simple cornmeal breading with yellow cornmeal instead of flour.
I use canola oil because it doesn’t leave the food feeling heavy and greasy, but vegetable oil or peanut oil would also be fine.
If you like this recipe round up, you will like the seafood recipes below:
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