Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Fried Fish

It's 10:30... Closing in on my bedtime but I had to document my first foray into the world of deep fry.

It all started with cod from Saturdays market. I had two perfect fillets left over after I made the soup a few days ago so I froze them. I'm not the best freezer. I feel like there must be some trick to it. Freezer burn is my arch enemy but I took my chance once again and carefully bagged those fillets in hopes they'd be there for me when I needed them.

This morning I pulled them out and miraculously they defrosted perfectly. I was off to a good start so I decided to try my luck at a technique that has always intimidated me. Deep frying.

There are a few reasons I was a bit put off by the fry. There is a lot of oil involved. It just seems so wasteful. Every recipe I have ever read calls for a thermometer. I don't have one. And, there is the batter aspect which I was pretty unsure about as well.

My thought was to put together an East coast meets West coast fried "fish 'n salad". I looked up a recipe for fish 'n chips online to get an idea of the process and proceeded cautiously. First I fried potato wedges. Fried fish needs chips. I fried twice and they came out perfectly golden and crispy. So far so good. Then I put together a really green salad of escarole hearts, parsley and mint with a creamy chive dressing and oven roasted tomatoes.

Last but not least, I dredged my seasoned fish in a bit of flour, then in beer batter and dropped them into the oil. I kept a close eye and adjusted the heat a bit when it appeared things were frying to quickly. Beyond that there's really not much to it. I'm not sure what I was so worried about. The fish turned out great! Super crispy on the outside and perfectly moist and flaky inside. I put those yummy little golden nuggets on top of the salad thrilled that I had conquered my fears.

I know it probably doesn't seem like much but a small success in the kitchen is always so encouraging. It really did make my day know that I learned something new and executed it correctly.

1 comment:

  1. I think it is unfair that I missed tasting this meal of yours.. Partly because it was for sure even yummier than you are letting on and partly because I have been lucky enough to partake in some of your many successes since you have moved back East. And it has nothing to do with the fact that it was all put together in my own kitchen. Next time I am bound to get a bite....warm regards from the One Legged Crow