You have found my best fish recipes. Many of the recipes below call for white fish fillets. You may use these baked fish recipes for tilapia, grouper, ocean perch, cod or haddock. Many more types of fish are suggested below.
I love to fish (just relaxing in the boat is wonderful) and when you bring home a bunch of keepers, there will be no doubt as to what you’ll have for dinner.
Offering fish dinner ideas for blue gill recipes, crappie recipes, walleye recipes, shrimp scampi recipe, awesome fish tacos, cod fish recipe, baked fish recipes and much more below.
I have listed my homemade fish batter recipes that you can pick and choose from below. All have one thing in common – they are delicious, and you do not need to wait until the end of the week to use them (Friday fish fry).
A beer batter is generally crispy, darker golden brown and thicker than others and will soon be one of your best fish recipes. See photo above.
If you have a bunch of fish to fry, just be certain to use this best fish recipe and just a note: the flour and cornstarch is in equal amounts for this fried fish recipe.
BEER BATTERED FISH RECIPE
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp sea salt or kosher salt
1/2 tsp homemade onion powder
1/2 tsp homemade garlic powder
1 tsp baking powder
12 ounces cold ale (dark beer gives the batter a darker golden brown color), or a full bodied beer
Whisk the batter ingredients together until smooth. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 60 minutes. This will keep for 2 to 3 hours. You want the consistency to be a little thinner than pancake batter. Line a baking sheet with paper towels to drain the fillets on.
1-1/2 lbs white fish fillets
flour to dredge fillets in
hot oil to fry fish in; approximately 365-375 degrees
tartar sauce, recipe below
Season the fish fillets with salt and pepper on both sides and then dredge the fillets first in the all purpose flour. Dip into the chilled beer batter and let excess drip back into the bowl.
Carefully lower into the hot oil and hold it for a couple seconds so it doesn’t fall and stick to the bottom of the pan. Keep oil temperature around 350 degrees. It usually takes 5 minutes to fry a piece of cod. The fish is done when it is golden brown and easily flakes when touched with a fork.
Drain fillets on prepared baking sheets and serve with malt vinegar, tartar sauce (recipe below) and lemon wedges.
I also have two homemade coleslaw recipes. One is with mayonnaise and one without.
I cannot offer you my best fish recipes without my homemade hush puppy recipe. They are a must when you are having a fish dinner and you will find the recipe below.
EASY HOMEMADE TARTAR SAUCE
1 cup homemade mayonnaise
1 TBS finely chopped onion
1 TBS sweet or dill relish
1 TBS pickle juice (sweet or dill)**
Mix ingredients together and chill for several hours before serving.
**You may also use fresh lemon juice instead.
Makes one cup.
QUICK AND CRISPY FISH BATTER
1/4 tsp lemon pepper (optional)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
Mix dry ingredients together, slowly add milk/water and beat until smooth.
Dredge fillets in all purpose flour first and dip fish in the batter; allowing excess to drip off. Fry until golden brown. See detailed instructions above.
This batter is also wonderful on onion rings and chicken.
NO EGG LIGHT BATTER
Great on shrimp and vegetables too.
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
dash white granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup water
Mix the cornstarch, flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together. In a separate bowl mix the milk and water together. Slowly stir the milk mixture in the dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
Dip the fish into the batter and let the batter drip off and fry until golden brown.
LIGHTEST FISH BATTER
Separate the egg. Beat the egg white until light and frothy (it should NOT hold a peak). Fold in the remaining ingredients and beat just until smooth. The batter is ready.
First dredge the fish fillets in all purpose flour and then dip in batter. Fry until golden brown. See beer batter recipe for detailed instructions.
My next best fish recipe is a healthy meal and a staple at our house. You can use your favorite white fish fillets for this recipe. I really love grilled fish and you may change this to a grilled fish recipe
FRESH FISH TACOS
crappie (or blue gill) fillets
2 TBS canola oil for frying
2 TBS butter, for frying
1/2 tsp homemade chili powder
1 TBS honey
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 fresh lime
soft taco shells
cabbage slaw, recipe below
In a skillet over medium-high heat, heat the canola oil and butter for frying.
Meanwhile, dust the clean fillets with chili powder, kosher salt and then drizzle the lime juice and honey over them. Fry for 2-3 minutes, flip over and fry another 2-3 minutes. The crappie is done when it is opaque and flakes easily.
Heat the taco shells in a pan until it bubbles; flip and repeat.
This cabbage slaw is a must with this best fish recipe. I love the jalapeno in this.
JALAPENO YOGURT SLAW
5 cups green, red or mixed cabbage, finely chopped
1/2 cup homemade sour cream
1/2 cup homemade yogurt
2 TBS fresh lemon or lime juice
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp dill weed
kosher salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 green onions, sliced thinly
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
Combine sour cream, yogurt, lime juice, cumin powder, dill weed, scallions, jalapeno, salt and pepper. Mix well. Reserve 1/2 of the mixture to top the tacos. Mix the other half with the cabbage. If you want this sweet, just mix sugar into the yogurt mixture. I have more than just a recipe for fish tacos – check out the links below.
Delicious Shrimp Scampi Recipe