Fish Fry

Total Time:
22 min
10 min
12 min

4 servings

  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds fresh cod
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 /2 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cold water, a splash
  • 2 cups plain bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, a few pinches
  • Suggested: 3 disposable pie tins
  • Wedged lemons and malt vinegar for topping

Pour 2-inches of vegetable oil into a large skillet. Place skillet over large burner and heat oil over medium high heat. To check if the oil is hot enough, drop in 1-inch cube of white bread. The bread should brown in a 40 count.

Cut cod into 4 servings, 6 to 8-ounce portions and season with salt and pepper. Place a couple of scoops of flour in a pie tin. Combine egg and water in second tin. Season plain bread crumbs and mustard and cayenne in the third tin. Coat fish in flour, then egg, and then bread crumbs. Gently set coated fish into hot oil and fry 5 minutes on each side until medium golden brown in color.

When the fish is evenly golden all over, remove and drain on brown paper sacks.

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This was delicious! The seasoning on the fish was great, and it came out nice and crispy on the outside, but still tender on the inside.  I've always been nervous to fry fish at home, but this was great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Omg, I will never make fried fish any other way! This recipe is a winner! Even my picky teenaged daughter asked for seconds. I used panko bread crumbs because it's what I had on hand and lightly seasoned my fish with season salt before dredging them in the flour. It came out crispy on the outside and light and tender inside, and cod is exactly the right fish, not fishy at all. I made baked potato wedges for my side and served with homemade tartar sauce. Thanks Rachael, this recipe is wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good, easy recipe. Leftovers on fish sandwiches later did not taste fishy, but well seasoned. Good job, Rachel. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have not had a chance to try Rachel's fish fry yet, but it did inspire me to do my own, though without the flour. My personal recipe is done frying the fish in just olive oil and butter. You can find my recipe at Examiner. com item not reviewed by moderator and published
i made this breading with grouper. nice and crispy, with a golden color. it was delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I can't believe how easy and tasty this was. Very crispy and flavorful, not fishy at all. It was great alone or with tartar sauce. My kids asked for seconds and thirds! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this entire meal (Fish Fry, Malt Vinegar Oven Fries and Cucumber Watercress Salad) and it was a huge success. I'm not accomplished enough to have done it in 30 minutes, but it wasn't too much longer. The fish was great and the oven fries were one of my favorites. I switched out the dill in the salad for taragon, and it was also a success. Highly reocmmend. item not reviewed by moderator and published
What a great, simple method for a fish fry. My husband is a big fisherman, and I always feel a little pressure to cook his fish right!! This time I used catfish filets, and it just rocked! Another tip....if you have time, put the coated fish in the freezer for 20 minutes before putting them in the oil. Enjoy this one!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am not a huge Rachel Ray devotee by any stretch, but my husband and I are snowed in tonight and the fridge was looking bare. I had frozen orange roughy filets, flour, bred crumbs, eggs and seasoning so gave it a try. Delicious! Not greasy at all! Crunchy too! I did three batches of frying and put the finished pieces on a paper bag lined cookie shoot in the oven. When all were done I broiled for 3 minutes - fantastic! Made a quick tartar sauce of sour cream, lemon juice, onion powder, chopped hamburger pickle and a little pickle juice. Yum, yum, yum. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is just a great & Simple recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've tried on my own, but this recipe is the one that gets my kids asking for more! I have three kids (2, 7, 10) and they all love this! Easy and great flavor. I do recommend the cod, because it seems to stay moist! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The kids just ate this up and asked for more. Will make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the first time I've made fried fish and it was the best I've tested! the fish was so light and flaky. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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