Fish & Chips

October 18th, 2010 · 19 Comments · Dinner, Quick, Seafood

I was thinking of adding a new category on the right over there called “Meals That Are Impossible To Photograph Because My Daughter Can’t Help But Eat The Subject.” Because don’t you think it’s saying something about the deliciousness of a meal when I have to instruct my poor, hungry, 8-year-old model “Stop eating your dinner!” as she mauls what’s in front of her — in this case a fried fish sandwich with sweet potato chips — before I even have the chance to finish shooting it? She just couldn’t help herself. So I never got to capture a close-up, which means you’ll have to trust me that this crispy flounder sandwich has potential to convert even the staunchest fish-anthrope. My kids like them with tartar sauce, but don’t be afraid to use ketchup if you think it might increase your chances of success.

Pan-Fried Fish Sandwiches
We made these with flounder, but it works with other mild white fish like sole, tilapia, or hake.

Set up dredging station for fish: one plate of flour, one plate of one whisked egg, one plate of bread crumbs(preferably panko or Kelloggs Corn Flake crumbs) seasoned with salt and pepper. Add olive oil to a skillet that’s been set over medium-high heat. Dredge fish filets (about ¾ pound that have been trimmed with a knife or kitchen scissors to sandwich-size pieces) first in flour, then in egg, then in bread crumbs. Fry about 2 minutes a side until crust is crispy and fish is cooked through. Serve on whole wheat buns with tartarsauce (or ketchup) and sweet potato fries (I love Trader Joe’s frozen brand) or sweet potato chips (recipe below).

Sweet Potato Chips
Your best bet is to select sweet potatoes that are more tubular than oval shaped. It makes it much easier to slice them into rounds.

Slice 3 sweet potatoes into thin chip-like pieces. (A mandoline would work here.) In a bowl, toss the potatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper, and a little curry powder if you’re feeling ambitious. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 450°F watching them carefully after 10 to make sure they don’t burn. Once they are brown and crispy, remove from oven and drain on paper towel before serving.

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  • 1 MommyLisa // Oct 18, 2010 at 10:51 am

    We call fish “chicken” and my daughter eats it. I am sure that is bad – but she always liked it until she got old enough to understand what a fish was….

  • 2 Jessica // Oct 18, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Mmmm, that sounds delicious!
    I haven’t yet tried to make sweet potato chips (they’re so yummy & cheap at Trader Joe’s!)
    But I just harvested a whole bunch, so I guess I have no more excuses :-)

  • 3 margaret // Oct 18, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Delicious looking! A happily dining child is a wonderful thing.-the half eaten supper makes a great photo.

  • 4 Jan @ Family Bites // Oct 18, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I’m sitting here at my desk salivating over this fish. What a great idea – I never think to serve it as a sandwich.

  • 5 Damaris // Oct 18, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I ned to make some sweet potato chips. that’s a great idea. Normally my son won’t touch sweet potatoes, not even sweet potato fries but he will never refuse chips!

  • 6 my name is ish // Oct 18, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I will definitely be making these fish sandwiches and I’ll definitely cheat by buying a bag of sweet potato chips! Thanks!

  • 7 Trish O // Oct 18, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Sometimes it is like you can read my mind. This weekend wasw a bad fastfood fest every meal. After my kids had eaten 5 meals that were McDonalds I was sick with my parenting skills. The last straw was when my hubby called today to see if we could have Long John Silvers for dinner. Long John Silvers? After that weekend…Uh, no. But we can have this! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

  • 8 Melissa // Oct 18, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    I can’t wait to try the sweet potato chips–my kids are awful about eating sweet potatoes or squash. Maybe I’ll mix in some regular potatoes, too. Funny enough, we had fish sandwiches for Sunday lunch with leftover breaded fish filets from Saturday’s dinner. 7-yr-old likes fish, so was happy to eat it with ranch dressing in a sandwich. The other two ate soybutter & jelly, as usual.

  • 9 andrea // Oct 19, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I made sweet potato french fries from potatoes I got at the farmer market. I cut them into wedges added some olive oil and baked them for about a half hour. So easy!

  • 10 Tina // Oct 19, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Awesome! I have been pining for a fish and chips recipe! And I love that you used sweet potatoes. My tot loves them. You think my husband will notice? :)

  • 11 Erin // Oct 19, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I made sweet potato chips over the weekend and was reminded how unbelievably yummy they are. This time we ate them with two dipping sauces: fresh pesto and some homemade chipotle mayonnaise I’d made for my husband…OMG good!

    Also, a fine justification for that mandoline I’ve been wanting!

  • 12 Sarah // Oct 19, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    I read this this morning and knew I had to have a fish sandwich w/sweet potato fries tonight. Had to. I’ve got one teenager still left and this is dinner! Thanks!

  • 13 Trish O // Oct 20, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Erin, I need to know how you made chipolte mayo. Please.

  • 14 annie // Oct 23, 2010 at 7:35 am

    No wonder she ate it so quickly! I was practically gnawing on my screen, too! Looks delicious and can’t wait to try it.

  • 15 my name is ish // Oct 24, 2010 at 1:34 am

    We made the fish sandwiches tonight and they were EXCELLENT! We used rock cod and fried the fish in half olive/half grapeseed oil because we were low on olive oil. We will be eating these regularly. Thank you!

  • 16 my name is ish // Oct 27, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    sorry to keep posting about these sandwiches, but tonight, I turned the left over fish into a poor man’s fish tacos with whatever I had in the fridge – warmed up fish and tortillas, broke fish into pieces, put fish into tortillas, topped fish with a squeeze of lime, shredded cheese, thin strips of radicchio (I didn’t have any cabbage) and a concoction of mayo, plain yogurt, chipotle tabasco, and tapatio.

  • 17 Susan E // Feb 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I just wanted to say that these were amazing and my whole family loved it. Thank you!

  • 18 Jessica Lea // Jan 31, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Looks like I need to add fish to our grocery list! Sweet potatoes are already in stock.

    I am a newsletter subscriber. Do I win the Lodge cast iron skillet? ;)

  • 19 Megan Kelly // Feb 28, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Fabulous! It looks like gourmet fish and chips.

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