We never knew how much ambience the tiny exclamations of a pinball machine adds to our dining experience before being inside for so long. But arcade games aside, we came up with a fried fish basket to help quell our yearnings for some of our favorite bar food. Until we can wink at you from a neighboring booth, enjoy these guys!
For Fried Fish Basket:
- Vegetable Oil
- 1lb Cod, patted dry with paper towel
- 2 tbsp Jacobsen Co. Seafood Seasoning
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 can light Lager (we used Rainer), chilled
- 1/4 cup shrimp chips, food processed
- 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
- Jacobsen Salt Co. Pure Flake Sea Salt, to finish
- In a dutch oven, or deep pan, fill vegetable oil until about an inch deep. Heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cut cod filets into big chunks and sprinkle with Seafood Seasoning.
- In a large bowl, mix flour, baking soda and baking powder. Whisk in chilled beer until a thick batter takes shape.
- In another large bowl, mix shrimp chips and panko
- One by one, dip cod filets into beer batter until coated, then toss in panko mixture.
- Carefully drop fish into hot oil, fry for two minutes per side.
- Plate and pair with your favorite sides and sauces. Finish with a sprinkle of Flake Sea Salt.
For the Tartar Sauce:
We can never decide on which we love more with our fried fish - a remoulade or a tartar sauce. We made a little hybrid of the two so we have one less decision to make in our day.
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 green onion (white part only), chopped
- 2 tsp fresh dill, chopped
- 1/4 fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 tbsp capers, chopped
- 1 tbsp dill pickle, chopped
- 2 tsp celery salt
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp Jacobsen Salt Co. Pure Kosher Sea Salt
- 1 tsp pickle juice
- 1 tbsp horseradish
- 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 cup mayonnaise (we love Kewpie)
- Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl
- Stir in remaining ingredients
- Transfer mixture to food processor and pulse until a consistent sauce forms. (there will still be flecks of fresh herbs)
- Spoon into a serving bowl, and get to dipping!