Monday, February 17, 2014

Southern Deep Fried Fish


A few weeks ago I was able to get away with my husband for a week and travel to Hawaii. It was a dream and so relaxing! We ate out for every single meal and truly lived it up! One of the nights we went to a place in Maui called Monkeypod Kitchen and one of the things we ordered was the Fish n' Chips. We absolutely loved it there until we realized that my husband forgot his wallet back in the hotel room! He was shocked and embarrassed and I just sat there and laughed. Luckily I have my debit card info memorized and so we were able to get it all paid for. But in the end my husband was even more scared that I had my debit card info all memorized! I guess I may do a little too much online shopping! haha but shoot at least I was able to get our dinner all paid for before we left!

So back to the fish…ever since I got home I have wanted to make some deep fried fish. So one day I whipped it up for my family. My 3 year old saw what I was making and demanded mac n cheese. So as the fish were frying I made him mac n cheese. Well as we sat down at the table my husband and I took the fish and the 3 kids took mac n cheese. The rule in our house is that you at least have to "try" what mom makes and then if you don't like it you can just eat the side dishes. My oldest tried it, loved it, scooped all the mac n cheese off his plate, and filled the remainder of his plate with more fish! And finished off my saying "I'm pretty sure fish is my favorite food now." WIN! My middle son tried the fish ended up liking it! He ate about half of a filet of fish and topped it off with his original side of mac n cheese. My baby girl ate up all her fish and could not get enough! So all in all this was a WIN in our house!

Deep Fried Fish

4 filets of halibut, flounder, or cod
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon vinegar
salt
pepper
vegetable oil for frying

Grab filets and salt and pepper them on both sides. In a baking dish combined flour, water, baking powder, and vinegar. Whisk it all together. In a frying pan place oil until it is about 1 inch deep on medium heat. Heat up and test by dropping a little bit of the batter in it to see that it starts bubbling and frying it. When that is ready take each piece of fish and coat on both sides with the batter, then place in oil and begin to fry. Deep fry until golden brown on each side. Mine took about 7 minutes on each sides. (This time will depend on how hot your oil is) Place some paper towels down and once fish is all finished put the fish on the paper towels and cover with more paper towels and pat off grease. Serve with tarter sauce or ketchup is what my kids did!



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