Friday, March 4, 2011

Fish & Hush Puppy Skillet

With Lent just around the corner, I thought I would get a head start on some different fish dishes.  I love a good fish and chips, or just breaded cod ,pan fried.  Hit any Southern restaurant on a Friday night and you'll be sure to find fried catfish and hush puppies on the menu.  All that frying is a bit messy, and not quite the healthy dinner.  With this recipe, you can skip the grease and get the same crispy taste with just a few tablespoons of oil. 

For the Hush Puppy:
  • 2 cups self-rising cornmeal mix
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions
  • 1/4 cup red or green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
Whisk:
  • 3/4 cup beer
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
For the fish:
  • 1 lb. fish fillets, cut into 2-inch pieces (I used cod)
  • 1/2 cup fish-fry mix
For the sauce:
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. dill pickle relish
  • 1/2 tsp. prepared horseradish
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.  Combine cornmeal mix, scallions, red pepper, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl.  Whisk together beer, buttermilk and egg; stir into cornmeal mixture and set aside.

Heat 1/4 cup canola oil in a 10-inch cast iron skillet until almost smoking.

Dredge each fish piece in fish-fry mix, then fry, on only one side, about 2 minutes.


Pour hush puppy batter over the fish in skillet.
Transfer skillet to oven and bake until hush puppy is golden and a toothpick comes out clean, about 15-20 minutes.  Let rest 5 minutes, then loosen edges with a knife.  Invert onto a serving plate.  Cut into wedges and serve with ketchup tartar sauce.

~Adapted from Cuisine at Home

4 comments:

  1. When I was younger, my Grandparents used to love to take me to fish frys. It wasn't until a few years later I had the heart to tell them I didn't like fish. They were shocked but I didn't have the heart to tell them for the longest time...lol. I do love me some hush puppies though!! And your fish looks so good - it makes me think twice about not eating it!

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  2. Girl, this is right down my alley! Where has this recipe been all my life?!?!? Thanks, and (((hugs))) and lotsa luv! You float my boat :)

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  3. What a smart idea, I'm have to try this!

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