Recipe courtesy of Leonard Rosengarten

Old Fashioned East Coast Seafood Frying

  • Level: Easy
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Ingredients

2 cod fillets, under 2 pounds each, each fillet cut into 5 pieces

2 pounds medium shrimp, shelled

2 pounds sea scallops

3 dozen steamer clams, shelled, most of stem removed

Lemon and parsley sprigs for garnish

Breading:

3 cups cracker meal with 2 tablespoons paprika

2 cups flour

3 eggs, beaten with salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Have vegetable oil 2 1/2 inches deep in fryer at 400 degrees F.
  2. Breading:
  3. Have breading ingredients in wide-rimmed bowls.
  4. For the cod fillet and the shrimp: Dip in flour and shake off excess. Then dip in egg, removing with slotted spoon. Then roll in cracker meal with dry hand. Remove onto a dry platter.
  5. For the scallops: Put the scallops on paper towels to absorb some of their liquid. Then coat in flour, then egg, then cracker meal. Then repeat egg dipping, then cracker meal. Remove to a dry platter.
  6. For the clams: Place rinsed clams on paper towels to absorb moisture. Dip clams in egg. Put equal amounts of flour and cracker meal in a large plastic or paper bag. Place clams in bag and shake them until coated. Remove to a dry platter.
  7. Frying: Fry seafood in batches, 3 to 5 minutes, or until golden and crisp. When fried, remove to brown paper (such as a brown paper bag) to drain before serving.
  8. 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  9. 1/2 cup ketchup
  10. 1/2 cup sweet relish
  11. 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  12. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  13. 3 dashes hot sauce
  14. In a bowl, mix all ingredients. Chill before serving. Garnish seafood with lemon and parsley sprigs and serve with tartare sauce.;

Cook’s Note

Suggested drinks: Lenz Cuvee Methode Champagnoise 1192, Southampton Golden Lager.

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