This freshly caught meal is a Friday-night tradition in certain parts of the country, and we're taking it national. Prepare to get hooked.
In certain pockets of the country, Friday nights are all about good friends and the freshest catch. Depending on where you live or grew up, you know this ritual either well...or not at all. Hugely popular in the Midwest, but also in parts of the North and Southeast, the fish fry originated as an end-of-week tradition for Roman Catholics. But it proved too good not to share, and now it happens in restaurants year-round, with a menu that typically goes something like this: crispy fried fillets, coleslaw, tartar sauce, rye bread, and some sort of potato, all washed down with an icy beer. We’ve ad-libbed a bit to freshen up the sides for summer and delight dinner guests of all ages (here’s looking at you, cherry limeade). Make this spectacular meal into a regular thing and you’ll have a whole new reason to start counting down to the weekend.
Get the details right, and you’ll soon be hooked on the Friday-night fish-fry tradition. First, buy locally caught fish -- perch or trout if you’re lakeside, ocean trout or snapper if you’re by the ocean. Throw in some shrimp -- local or not -- for a twist.
Fried Fish Sandwich, Anyone?
A plate of fried fish and summer salads is fantastic, but a sandwich is also sublime. The combo we’ve fallen for hook, line, and sinker: dill-y cole slaw, a dollop of spicy tartar sauce, crispy fish, a slice of ripe tomato, and -- not pictured, but totally legit -- a few kettle-style potato chips secretly stuffed inside. Pile everything on a soft potato roll, and let your cares wash away.