I enjoy fast food as much as the next person, though I have never been a fan of hamburgers. When I want a fast food fix my usual meal is a Filet-o-Fish from McDonald's. My husband is not a big fast food person but he enjoys a good fish sandwich. Whenever we go see the Mets play at Citifield, our go-to meal is a flounder sandwich from Catch of the Day. When I came across this recipe in a cookbook I knew that I wanted to try this out since it would probably be 100x healthier than getting a fish sandwich at any of these places.
Not only was the fish delicious (and less greasy than their fast food counter part) but the homemade tarter sauce was surprisingly tasty. When I get my fish sandwiches when I'm out I normally add ketchup to the usual tarter sauce. This combo of flavors was so good as is that I actually have mixed this sauce up and added it to deli sandwiches since I made this dish.
These were so ridiculously easy to make that I'll definitely be making them again soon. Even reheating some leftover fish tasted great!
Cornmeal-Crusted Flounder with Tarter Sauce (from Kosher by Design: Short on Time)
6 large flounder or sole filets
freshly ground black pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs, lightly beaten with 2 tbsp water
1 cup ground yellow cornmeal
2 tbsp olive oil, plus more if needed (***I used grapeseed oil, as it has a higher heat tolerance)
1 cup mayonaise
2 sour pickles, very finely chopped
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp hot sauce
- cut each filet on either side of the spine and remove the spine; you will be left with 2 long pieces of flounder from each filet
- season both sides of each piece of fish with salt and pepper
- arrange 3 bowls on your work surface (I find it easiest to use deep dishes like a pie dish for this)
- place the flour in one bowl, the beaten egg in the second bowl, and the cornmeal in the third bowl.
- take the fish, one piece at a time. Dip it into the flour; shaking off the excess. Dip it into the egg; shaking off the excess, and then dip it into the cornmeal; shaking off the excess. Repeat with the remaining 11 pieces.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, but not smoking, add the fish in a single layer, working in batches if necessary. Cook for 4 minutes per side, or until a crisp crust forms and the fish is slightly firm to the touch. Remove to a plate or platter. If you are doing this in batches you will need more oil.
- Meanwhile, prepare the tarter sauce: In a small bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, pickles, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce.
- Serve the fish on rolls with the tarter sauce.