For a crowd-pleasing dinner, replace half the fish fillets with large peeled shrimp: Dip them in batter first, then in panko before frying.

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Ryan Liebe

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Yield:
Serves 6 to 8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a large, heavy pot (preferably cast iron) to 365 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, 1 teaspoon salt, and baking powder. Gently whisk in club soda; do not overmix (there may be some lumps). Let stand 15 minutes.

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  • Pat fish very dry; season with salt and pepper. Working with a few pieces at a time, dip fish in batter, then transfer directly to hot oil with tongs. Cook until crisp and golden brown all over, about 3 minutes. (Be sure to keep oil temperature between 345 degrees and 365 degrees.) Transfer to paper towels to drain. Serve fish hot on rolls, with tomatoes, pickles, chips, and tartar sauce, and lemon wedges alongside.

Cook's Notes

The fish is best served immediately, but can be kept warm in a 200-degree oven while you fry the rest.

Variations

Ocean fish work well in a fish fry, too -- provided the fillets are thin enough to ensure the right ratio of coating to fish. Try to find ones no thicker than an inch, and bear in mind that the thicker the fillets, the longer they'll need to cook.

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