Crispy Fried Fish Sandwich

  • Prep Time10 mins
  • Total Time20 mins
  • Makes4 servings
Crispy Fried Fish Sandwich

Photo: Jodi Pudge


  • 1 lb. tilapia, (2 large fillets), cut into 8 pieces

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 2 cups canola oil, (for frying)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 cup cold beer

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

  • 1/4 tsp sugar

  • 2 tbsp finely chopped green onion

  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce

  • 8 small soft hamburger buns


  • Pat fish dry with paper towels and season with ¼ tsp of salt.

  • Heat oil in a wok or wide, deep pan (you need the oil to be at least 1-in. deep) over medium heat to about 375F. Combine flour, baking powder and remaining ¼ tsp salt in a bowl, then whisk in beer to make a quick batter.

  • Dip fish in batter to coat and carefully place into hot oil (a pair of wooden chopsticks works great for this job). Fry fish for 4 min, turning halfway, or until batter is golden and fish is cooked through. Transfer to a rack over a baking sheet to drain.

  • Stir together mayonnaise, lemon juice, Dijon, sugar and green onion.

  • Spread mayonnaise sauce inside each bun. Fill with fried fish and shredded lettuce.

Nutrition (per serving)

Protein 38g, Carbohydrates 66g, Fat 30g, Fibre 3g, Sodium 991mg.


This makes a delicious sandwich, but if your kids think fish on a bun is weird, or prefer to dip fish into sauce, go with chips and wrap in newspaper for a fun meal.

Originally published in the September 2013 issue. Photo by Jodi Pudge.

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