Fish fingers with tartar sauce

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time6 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium
450g boneless, skinless cod or 450g (about 4 fillets) grey sole
140g panko (Japanese coarse bread crumbs)
150g plain flour
2 tsp salt, plus more for seasoning
3 large eggs
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon, cut into wedges
Oil for frying
Tartar sauce, recipe follows

For the tartar sauce

200g mayonnaise
75g sweet pickle relish
Freshly squeezed juice from 1/2 lemon (about 1 tbsp)
1) Set a rack on a baking tray, put it in the oven, and preheat to 200 degrees C. Cut each fillet into 2 x 2.5cm strips. Toss the panko, flour, zest and 2 teaspoons salt in 1 shallow bowl or pie plate. Beat the eggs lightly in another.

2) Heat about 2cm oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Season the fish all over with salt and pepper, dip in the eggs, and then press into the panko mixture to coat evenly, shaking off any excess. Carefully place the fish in the hot oil, taking care not to crowd the pan. Adjust the heat, as necessary, to maintain a constant sizzle. Fry the fish, turning once, until evenly brown, about 2 minutes total (1 1/2 to 2 minutes for thin sole, 2 to 3 minutes for thicker cod). Transfer to kitchen towel to absorb excess oil, and, if necessary, keep warm in the oven on the rack. Repeat with the rest of the fish. Serve hot with lemon wedges and Tartar Sauce.

3) For the tartar sauce: Stir together the mayonnaise, relish, and lime juice. Chill for 10 minutes. Serve.

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