Monday, March 3, 2014

Time for Fish on Fridays

This Wednesday marks Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent as Catholics prepare for Easter.  So while that means crepes on Tuesday (for Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras), it also marks the time when "good" Catholics should abstain from meat on Fridays.

The Brave Astronaut's church will be holding "Soup and Stations on Fridays during Lent and there is even going to be a Lenten Fish Fry later this month, sponsored by the Methodist Church in town, which is sure to be a good time. Mrs. BA is one that will usually order Fish and Chips if it's on the menu when we go out (I will get it some of the time) - but this recipe might be worth a try.

Fish and Chips with Malt Vinegar Mayonnaise
from Epicurious
Bon Appétit | September 2013
by Adam Evans The Optimist, Atlanta, GA
Yield: Makes 4 servings
Headnote: Key when making this batter: Be sure your beer and club soda are ice cold, and chill the batter if prepping ahead.

Malt vinegar mayonnaise:
  • 1 large egg yolk 
  • 2 tablespoons malt vinegar, divided 
  • 1 cup vegetable oil 
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper 
Fish and assembly:
  • Vegetable oil (for frying; about 4 cups) 
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more 
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper plus more 
  • 12 ounces (or more) chilled light lager 
  • 1 cup chilled club soda 
  • 1 tablespoon malt vinegar 
  • 1 cup corn flour or all-purpose flour 
  • 1 1/2 pounds cod, haddock or pollack, cut into long, 1 1/2"-wide strips 
  • French fries (for serving) 
  • Old Bay seasoning, flaky sea salt (such as Maldon), and chopped fresh dill 
  • Lemon wedges (for serving) 
Special equipment: A deep-fry thermometer

Ingredient info: Corn flour, which is more finely ground than cornmeal, is available at Latin markets, natural foods stores, and

For malt vinegar mayonnaise:
Whisk egg yolk and 1 tablespoon vinegar in a small bowl. Whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in oil, drop by drop at first, until mayonnaise is thickened and smooth. Add remaining 1 tablespoon vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Cover and chill.

DO AHEAD: Mayonnaise can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.

For fish and assembly:
Fit a large pot with thermometer; pour in oil to measure 3". Heat over medium-high heat until thermometer registers 375°F.

Meanwhile, whisk all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Whisking constantly, slowly add beer, club soda, and vinegar, adding more beer if batter is too thick (it should be the consistency of thin pancake batter).

Place corn flour in a shallow bowl. Season fish with kosher salt and pepper. Dredge fish in corn flour, shaking off excess, then dip in batter, letting excess drip back into bowl. Working in batches and returning oil to 375°F between batches, fry fish until golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to paper towel-lined baking sheet.

Season fish and fries with Old Bay, sea salt, and dill; serve with malt vinegar mayonnaise and lemon wedges.

1 comment:

Anna van Schurman said...

If you make this, try it with mushy peas. Buy marrowfat peas in the British aisle of Wegmans. (They usually carry Bigga brand in a blue box.) Get plenty of butter. Follow the directions on the box. It's a northern English delicacy. Worth it. But don't make the poncy version that uses regular green peas. If you can't find the marrowfat peas, I'll send you some.