One day, shortly after we had moved, I was truly stumped as to what to make for dinner that night. With the hubby in school all day and me home taking care of the baby and trying to unpack, I hadn’t had time to go to the store (and some of you may know how hard it is to go shopping with a wee one). I had to result to what was in my freezer!
I remembered that I had some frozen fish filets from when my mom had stayed with us and was really wanting fish, but how to prepare it??? Then, it was as if lightening had struck!
I’m quite a fan of a good beer battered fish, however, since I don’t drink, I had to come up with an alternative that would give me the awesome batter I wanted. Cue Coca-Cola!
I must say, this really was a stroke of ingenuity on my part. Using coke in this batter, I believe, really helps highlight the natural sweetness found in a lot of fish. I know it sounds weird and doesn’t roll off the tongue as easy as beer-batter BUT it is so yummy!
Let me give you a few tips to make this fish fry rock!
Pat the fish dry before anything else.
This will help the frying oil last a lot longer and it’s just easier to work with. Pat the fish dry with a folded paper towel and you’re golden.
Season your fish before cooking.
I know that this sounds a little elementary but honestly, this really is the only time you’ll have to make your fish taste great!
This step is crucial especially if you are using a deep fat fryer with baskets. If you don’t let the batter set up before you drop the fish completely in the oil, it will stick to your baskets and it’ll be a beast to clean. Just hold the first little bit of fish in the oil for about 5 seconds and then drop it completely. You are welcome.
Now with this dish, I really enjoyed making my own “chips,” because what else really goes well with fish fry? I just cut little boiler potatoes into small rounds, tossed them in some oil and seasonings and baked them at 375 until they became crisp. Eas y peasy.
I personally like to enjoy my fish with just some good ol’ tartar sauce and my chips with some plain ketchup. Since my chips and fish already had some good flavor to them, why make the sauces all fancy? Let the food speak for itself.
Try this recipe out and let me know how you enjoy it! Happy eating everyone!
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 cups Coke
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 12 ounces white fish filets
Preheat vegetable oil in a medium saucepan until the oil pops when water is sprinkled over the top of it.
Mix together flour, salt, and baking soda. Pour in coke and mix until well incorporated.
Pat dry fish filets and season with salt and pepper.
In a shallow bowl, pour a small layer of flour. Dredge the seasoned fish filets in the flour and make sure the whole piece of meat is evenly coated in flour.
Place floured fish filet in coke batter and evenly coat.
Hold fish in hot oil until batter is set (about 5 seconds) before dropping fish completely in oil. Repeat, being careful to not over fill the pot.
Turn fish pieces in oil once golden brown to make sure there is even cooking.
Once all pieces are finished cooking, place on a paper towel lined plate or baking sheet and season with salt while still hot. Continue until all fish is cooked.
Enjoy with tartar sauce and chips!