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Crispy Lemon Fish

Crispy Lemon Fish 4.000

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Dinner in Minutes Mar 18, 2015

Set aside any fears of frying and have fun with this one. The batter is a quick blend of sparkling lemonade, lemon zest and seasoned flour. If young eaters are around, get them to do the mixing and dipping.

You’ll need an instant-read thermometer.

Serve with a lightly dressed salad of apples or Asian pears, grapes and walnuts.


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Tested size: 4 servings

  • Safflower or vegetable oil, for frying
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • Pinch fine sea salt, plus more as needed
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 lemons
  • 3/4 cup sparkling lemonade, such as Trader Joe’s brand
  • 1-pound piece cod fillet
  • Tartar sauce, for serving


Heat about 3 inches of oil in a deep, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat to 365 degrees. Seat a wire cooling rack over a rimmed baking sheet.

Meanwhile, combine the flour, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Finely grate the zest of one of the lemons over the bowl; wrap and reserve the zested lemon for another use. Cut the remaining lemon into wedges.

Stir the sparkling lemonade into the flour mixture to form a thick, lump-free batter.

Cut the fish into 1/2-inch-wide slices.

Once the oil is ready, dip 3 or 4 pieces of cod into the batter; shake off any excess batter, then carefully drop the coated fish into the oil. Fry for 4 minutes or until golden brown, turning the pieces over as needed. Transfer them to the rack to drain; season lightly with salt right away.

Repeat to batter and fry all the fish. Discard any remaining batter.

Serve warm, with tartar sauce and the lemon wedges.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from a recipe by Shaun Rankin, chef-owner of Ormer restaurant in Jersey, in the Channel Islands.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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