This recipe came about through a happy accident. I think it’s the best fried fish I’ve ever had. I had a beer batter fish fry recipe that I really like but I couldn’t find it. I decided to wing it. We don’t drink and I had forgotten to go to the liquor store to buy a can of beer. I was about to run to the convenience store for a bottle of carbonated water when I thought, “Maybe a Coke would work here.” So I tried it and well, just plain yum.
For fish soak:
2 eggs, beaten
2-3 cups milk - enough to cover fish
1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
1 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp each garlic and onion powders
Combine all ingredients, add fish and soak for an hour or so turning fish once or twice.
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper, preferably white pepper.
1 tsp Old Bay seasoning.
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup cola - Coke, Pepsi, etc. (I use diet caffeine free because it’s what I drink)
1-2 pounds cod loins. (You want the loins. They’re thick and consistent in size so they all cook at once. Haddock loins are good too but I prefer codfish.)
Heat a deep fryer to 375°. If using a pan on the stove, make sure you use a deep pot with at least 5-7” of oil.
Mix dry ingredients except for Dixie Fry. Add coke. Batter will fizz and be about the consistency of pancake batter...maybe a bit thicker.
One piece at a time, dredge fish in Dixie Fry and place on paper plates to allow the seasoned flour to set a bit. Using tongs, dip fish in batter one piece at a time. Allow excess to drip off. Place on plate while you do the other pieces.
Fry 2 or 3 pieces at a time for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Fish will turn opaque and break apart relatively easy.
I like to make homemade french fries when I fry fish. Bill loves them and they just go with the fish really well. The cola really adds a very nice flavour to the batter, way better than beer I think. I’m positive you will enjoy this batter recipe.
And finally, yum yum yum.
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