Good old fish and chips may just well be the ultimate in seafood comfort food, but the fishy fried possibilities don't end there. We cast our net wide to haul in a wide catch of fried seafood recipes that run the gamut from mellow Japanese tempura to fish tacos that pack plenty of heat. Whatever your coating of your choice -- breadcrumbs, cornmeal, sesame seeds, shredded coconut, or batter -- these 18 fried-fish recipes will have you covered.
Summoning memories of childhood trips to the shore, digging into fish and chips is like a mini vacation. In this version of the classic, beer batter coats these pieces of cod. Serve with oven fries and tartar sauce.
Ryan Hardy, executive chef at the Little Nell hotel in Aspen, Colorado, dredges trout in buttermilk and then in cornmeal to create a tender and crispy coating upon frying. A bread salad with tomatoes, sorrel, and basil leaves makes a colorful, flavorful accompaniment.
Chef Susan Spicer pairs cornmeal-crusted fried oysters with black-eyed pea salad, tossed in a pickled jalapeno dressing. To make the salad, soak the dried beans overnight before cooking, or used the canned variety.
Preparing this New Orleans-style classic doesn't have to be labor-intensive. Since scallops are naturally moist, you can skip the usual egg in the breading. And don't bother making your own sauce from scratch: Just doctor store-bought mayonnaise with a bit of paprika and hot sauce.
This classic Japanese tempura recipe from chef Nobu Matsuhisa features seafood (shrimp, Alaskan king crab legs, and sea urchin) and vegetables (Japanese eggplant, hearts of palm, sweet potatoes, enoki and shiitake mushrooms, and Japanese sweet peppers), all fried in a thin batter to create a very crispy coating.
Serve cod the traditional British way -- battered and fried, alongside fries. This fish-and-chips recipe from chef Cathal Armstrong also includes three mayonnaise-based sauces: a traditional tartar sauce, a mayo-and-ketchup combo, and saltier one with chopped capers, olives, and oven-dried tomatoes.