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Mom’s Fried Fish

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


  • 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


  • Place eggs and cracker crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Dip fillets into eggs, then coat with crumbs. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  • 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.
  • In a small bowl, combine the tartar sauce ingredients. Serve with fish.

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  • Yaeko
    Feb 29, 2020

    Just reading the recipe I can tell how it wouldn’t work! Whitefish is one of the most bland of the bland freshwater fish. It really takes a lot to make it tasty- not just salt and pepper but at least garlic powder, onion powder etc in addition. This recipe doesn’t even call for salt

  • Rob
    Jun 24, 2018

    I followed this Recipe to the letter, I agree with others here, it's a very plain, bland recipe, I'm really surprised how it's such a Family hit, I added Salt, pepper, Garlic Powder and a little Old bay seasonings, then I coated in Panko bread crumbs and then Fried them lightly browned and then rolled them in egg wash again, and then in a Mix of Flour

  • Laura
    May 25, 2017

    Recipe great adding a little seasoning (of your choice) but I love my tarter sauce with dill relish instead of sweet. Try it it's gr8

  • rebelwithoutaclue
    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.

  • grannyfromwisc
    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.

  • Edwardmom
    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!

  • jmj1993
    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.

  • farmmompatti
    Mar 15, 2013

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  • pammyannie
    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.

  • schriner11
    Mar 16, 2012

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