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Nontraditional, Easy Fish Tempura/Favorite with Kids!

Friends, this is my version of an easy ‘dry tempura’. Tempura is the term used for batter-fried fish and vegetables; my recipe has the same ingredients, but done in an easy, double-step process: dipped first in liquid, then dipped in dry breading before deep-frying.

I will give my very basic recipe and try it this way, then you can become more adventuresome if you’d like, by adding spices or dried herbs to your breading,
(“Old Bay” seafood seasoning comes to mind, as does paprika, parsley, etc.). This recipe is good for kids and people who do not generally enjoy fish. I like it plain, with a little extra (sea) salt, or you can dip them in many types of flavorings.

This is best with any good white fish, and if you have read any of my previous posts, you know I will foremost suggest cod. Cod is the mildest tasting fish and you can’t go wrong using it in almost any recipe. It is the best choice for anyone who would like to avoid any ‘fishy’ flavor.

 

Fish Tempura, good alone or with a selection of sauces.

Fish Tempura, good alone or with a selection of sauces.

[Shown: approx. half-pound of cod; recipe feeds four with added salad or soup]

Fish Tempura

1 lb. frozen fish filets,[see information in Archives,Feb.2013 “Lent/Easy Baked Fish]
2 Tbs. lemon juice or 1 Tbsp. vinegar {distilled white or rice vinegar

1 cup flour {rice or all-purpose
¼ cup corn starch
1 Tbsp. baking powder
2 tsp. salt {preferably sea salt

2 egg whites or equivalent of reconstituted dry egg whites
2 tsp. lemon juice or 1 tsp. vinegar
1 Tbsp. water

2+ cups oil for deep frying {peanut or vegetable, not olive oil
Make it hot.

Thaw frozen filets in cool water with lemon juice or vinegar; leave in water.

Mix the dry ingredients well in a shallow bowl; reserve.

Whisk, (with whisk or fork) the egg whites, lemon juice (or vinegar) and water in a shallow bowl.

Cut fish filets into 1-bite or 2- bite-sized pieces, (not more than 1″square; shape does not matter)
Place some of the fish pieces in the wet mixture then into the dry mixture and drop in one layer into hot oil. Turn the fish when lightly browned and drain flat on paper towels.
Serve immediately.

I like these with just a little extra sprinkling of salt; others may like to go ‘Asian’ and use Teriyaki sauce, soy sauce or Thai Sweet Chili sauce. Others may like a honey dip, tartar sauce or cocktail sauce, (which I forgot to add to the picture, and now it is too late, all the fish has been eaten!).

If you keep your fish and egg white mixture very cold and your oil very hot, these should never be oily or greasy, but if you like the “fish ‘n chips” flavor, you can splash them with malt vinegar, rice vinegar,(or really, any vinegar).

These are well served with a salad or steamed vegetables, or soup; I suggest a nice vegetable soup, bean or lentil.[see August Archives, 2013].

This is the last of the Seafood series for now. I have requests for three other ideas, one on oil, one on keeping an emergency supply of food,(with severe weather season approaching, I think it is a good idea), and one on herbs and spices.

I hope all of you enjoy your Spring, Easter or whatever you celebrate and hope to hear from you now or in the future with any questions or comments. Please?

Breaded Cajun Fish Filets

A quick post as I am running behind here.

This recipe is based on one of the late Jeff Smith’s, (The Frugal Gourmet), and, with all due respect to my Cajun friends, I have toned the spiciness down. Feel free to fire it up!

Breaded Cajun Fish Filets; easy and tasty!

Breaded Cajun Fish Filets; easy and tasty!

(These also make an excellent sandwich when placed on a big bun or in Italian bread with a bit of mayonnaise or tartar sauce and some nice lettuce leaves.If you’re feeling really adventuresome, add caramelized onion &/or sauteed or pickled peppers.)

Breaded Cajun Fish Filets

1 lb. fish filets, (preferably frozen whitefish; I like cod. Please see guidelines n the Archive: “Lent/Easy Baked Fish “, Feb. 2013)

1 cup milk
1 Tbsp. Lemon juice

1 cup flour (can be rice flour)
1 cup cornmeal

2+ tsp garlic granules or powder,(if you only have garlic salt, omit salt
2 tsp. salt (any type)
1-2 tsp. cayenne pepper

3+ Tbsp butter and 1Tbsp olive oil, (NOT extra virgin
or 4+ Tbsp. margarine

Mix the milk and lemon juice. (Milk may curdle; that is fine). Soak the thawed fish filets for at least 15 minutes in the milk mixture.

In another bowl, mix the flour and cornmeal; add the salt, garlic and cayenne, adding a little of the pepper and adding more if needed. (Taste at this point for saltiness, a nice garlicky flavor and the ‘heat’ of the cayenne; add more of any of these, if needed.)

Heat some of the butter and oil or margarine in a flat, non-stick pan until rather hot,(do not burn). Place a small amount of the breading mixture on a plate. Remove one filet at a time from the milk mixture and place on the plate. Sprinkle the top of the filet liberally with more breading and press the breading down onto the fish. Carefully flip the fish over into the hot pan. Place more breading on top of the filet and press down. Continue with the remainder of the fish, keeping them in one layer in the pan.(You will need to make only 2-3 at a time). Keep the heat fairly high and do not attempt to turn the filets until they are golden brown on the underside or they may not be firm enough to survive the flip. Check carefully with a spatula or ‘pancake turner’ for color. When browned, flip gently and allow that side to brown. (You may need to add more butter and oil or margarine.) Repeat until all the fish is cooked.
(If the filets break, don’t worry; they will taste just as good. If your filets are thin, you may want to cut them into pieces no bigger than 2 ½-3 ” . They will cook  with less chance of breakage when turning.)

Serve with “Dirty Rice“, (See Archive, February 2013″Mahi-Mahi/Fish with Dirty Rice, Pasta and Potatoes”) and vegetables of your choice, but, as another nod to the Cajun of it, I suggest some sort of ‘Greens’.

Enjoy!