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Mom's Fried Fish Recipe

Mom's Fried Fish Recipe

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. YIELD:6 servings


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


  • 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.

Reviews for Mom's Fried Fish

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Reviewed Feb. 20, 2015

"Basic white fish does need some help. Without seasoning in the dry ingredients, it would be hard to satisfy my deep South friends and family. So many other batter fry recipes out there, that this one would get lost in the flavor factor."

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014

"This recipe turned out great! I added curry seasoning to the crackers which tasted great! I fried mine in a deep fryer super crispy but not oily."

Reviewed Sep. 27, 2014

"I used whole wheat saltines and cod fish. Wow was this ever delicious fish. I have to admit next time I will add a tiny bit of salt to the crackers because I think it needs a touch of salt. But other than that, oh my delicious! So was the tarter sauce. Yummy!"

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."

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."

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"

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."

Reviewed Jun. 24, 2008

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

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2008

"Simple to make and surprisingly tasty ! Jan 2008"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

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