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Mom's Fried Fish Recipe
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Mom's Fried Fish Recipe

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Our family has an annual fish fry that centers around my mom's recipe. I think she makes the finest fried fish around. It's flaky and flavorful with a golden cracker-crumb coating, and her homemade tartar sauce is a fitting complement.—Julie Jahnke, Green Lake, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups crushed saltines (about 45 crackers)
  • 2 pounds whitefish fillets, cut in half lengthwise
  • Oil for frying
  • TARTAR SAUCE:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion

Directions

  1. Place eggs and cracker crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Dip fillets into eggs, then coat with crumbs. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry fillets, a few at a time, for 2 minutes on each side or until fish is golden brown and flakes easily with a fork. Drain on paper towels.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the tartar sauce ingredients. Serve with fish. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Mom's Fried Fish in Taste of Home June/July 2005, p35

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Aug. 11, 2014

I used whole wheat saltines and this recipe came out so good. The golden brown crust was beautiful and delicious. I like swai so that was the fish I used.

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Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

I couldn't imagine making this without any seasoning, so I used some old bay and seasoned the egg mixture. Made excellent fish sandwiches.

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Reviewed Oct. 9, 2011

This is the first time I have ever made fish. My six year old loved it and he is a very picky eater. This is a great recipe

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2008

da61, whitefish is flavorful enough that it doesn't require much in the way of seasoning. I'd serve this with lemon wedges and some grindings of pepper. Strongly-flavored herbs and/or spices would totally obliterate the delicate flavor of the fish.

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Reviewed Jun. 24, 2008

Where's the seasoning in the fish. I can't imagine it having any flavor.

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