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fried fish with spicy tartar sauce

My parents served a lot of fried fish at their restaurant so I have a particular affinity for it as an adult, just like I did when I was a kid. I love the crunchy coating on the outside of a really good piece of fresh fish, dipping in a really good tartar sauce. Using plain Greek-style yogurt helps to keep the sauce a bit healthier than a more traditional tartar sauce, without sacrificing any of the creaminess. I like to make these as sliders but you can easily make it into regular-sized sandwich, or even serve it without the bun if you prefer.

Spicy Tartar Sauce
1/4 cup plain Greek-style yogurt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Juice from 1/4 lemon
2 teaspoons capers, drained and roughly chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

1/8 pound cod, scrod or haddock fillet, cut in half
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
Canola oil, for frying

1 small hamburger roll, split

1. In a medium bowl, combine ingredients for tartar sauce and set aside.
2. Season fish with salt and pepper.
3. In a shallow dish, beat egg and milk. In another shallow dish, add breadcrumbs and season with salt and pepper. Dredge each piece of fish in egg mixture, followed by breadcrumbs, shaking off excess as you work. Dip again in egg and breadcrumbs, coating well.
4. In a medium sauté pan, heat oil over medium heat. Gently fry fish until golden brown on both sides and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes, depending on thickeness. Transfer to roll and top with tarter sauce. Serve immediately.

Serves 1.


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