Several people wrote to me and asked for a fish sandwich during these vacation-memory themed segments. One lady in particular told me that she sat on a beach-front patio in Florida and had fried fish sliders. All she remembered was that there was a light batter, but a very spicy cream sauce. This is what I came up with, very easy and delicious and I hope you will all enjoy, as well!
AIMEE'S BEER BATTERED FISH SANDWICH/SLIDERS
This beer batter is the perfect batter for fish sandwiches, tacos and I even used it to make fried pickles!
- 1 pound tilapia, cut into large chunks (the size of slider buns. If using on regular buns, cut accordingly)
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon complete seasoning
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups Cool Springs Brewery IPA (I love to pick up a Growler there, to go. That way you can drink it at home AND use it for recipes like this. If you live outside of the Nashville area, any of your favorite beers will work; I prefer an IPA for this)
- slider buns
- red onion, sliced
- Spicy hot cream sauce (recipe below)
Add vegetable oil to a cast iron skillet or a large skillet. Heat over medium heat. Place 1 cup of flour into one pie plate and set aside. Place 1 cup of flour into second pie plate and add seasonings. Stir to combine seasonings. Slowly pour the beer into the seasoned flour mixture, whisking to combine. You do not want the batter too thick, because it will be "gloopy" and you cannot work with it, but too thin, and you will not be able to work with it. First, place fish chunks into the plain flour dish, and lightly coat. Shake off any excess flour. Next, dredge the fish in the beer batter. Third, gently place the fish into the hot oil. (To check and see if your oil is hot enough if you do not have a thermometer, gently drop a pinch of flour into the oil. If it sizzles, you know your oil is ready). The fish will not take long to cook; about 3 minutes per side. Turn once and cook until golden brown. Remove and place on a paper towel-lined plate, then immediately squeeze fresh lemon juice on the fish. Place spicy hot cream sauce, then lettuce, tomato and red onion and pickles on buns. Add fish then enjoy!
AIMEE'S SPICY HOT CREAM SAUCE
- 1 cup low fat Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon hot Jamaican jerk seasoning sauce (milk may certainly be substituted)
- 3 Tablespoons key lime juice
Stir all ingredients together. Spread on beer battered fish sandwich and store leftovers in an air-tight container in refrigerator.