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anybody have a good fish batter?

Postby Payton34 » Apr Sat 20, 2013 7:25 am

I have bought fish batters at fishing shows and stores and all were good but I am really looking to get a batter that is like what restaurants use on there fried fish. Anyone have any recipes?
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Re: anybody have a good fish batter?

Postby lefty_stratton » Apr Sat 20, 2013 9:06 am

I am a fan of using pancake batter.
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Postby uBETurBASS » Apr Sat 20, 2013 9:28 am

im with tater on this one egg wash and panko is awesome
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Re: anybody have a good fish batter?

Postby cletedius » Apr Sat 20, 2013 9:36 am

1. crushed Ritz crackers.

2. Crushed white cheddar "cheez-it"'s.
I, too thought this 1 sounded gross when I heard it, I hate cheez it's, but I was badgered into trying it as a fish breading, and have to say it was awesome, and it didnt taste anything like I anticipated it would.

For either , grind em up in a food processor to quickly and easily get them to a fairly coarse powder like consistency. Both also work well when mixed with Panko crumbs.
-coat with egg-wash
-roll in breading
-let dry for a few minutes on a wire rack
-give another roll in the breading
-fry at 325 until its solidly yellow in color
-remove from oil onto wire rack to dry and cool(cool thoroughly, 20-30 minutes)
-turn heat on oil up to 375
- put partially fried fish back into oil, and cook til golden brown(usually 1 -1.5 minutes).

Fish comes out very crispy, and non greasy. Dont know what it is about the twice fried method, but it comes out much less greasy, and much crispier than 1 longer fry cycle.
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Re: anybody have a good fish batter?

Postby Boogaloo » Apr Sat 20, 2013 8:11 pm

When it comes to wet batters my favorite is McCormicks beer batter fish fry.

I just tried a new Zatarans dry rub that's yummy. Maybe a little salty for some.

Panko is something I'll have to try myself. I get a Panko Grouper here in Indy that is amazing!
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Re: anybody have a good fish batter?

Postby Navyfisher » Apr Sat 20, 2013 11:09 pm

Mix:
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Buttermilk Pancake mix
Salt to taste.
Mix in beer until is coats, and just drips slowly off a fork

Add Parsely, crushed red pepper, or chipoltle pepper powder if you wish.

Fry until golden brown and delicious.

Make sure the oil is pretty hot.
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Re: anybody have a good fish batter?

Postby Payton34 » Apr Sun 21, 2013 6:24 am

that panko bread crumbs sounds intresting. I am going to give that a try. Thanks for all the help
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Postby Navyfisher » Apr Sun 21, 2013 8:56 am

The Panko treatment is really good with Chicken and squid too.
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Re: anybody have a good fish batter?

Postby WetWader » Apr Sun 21, 2013 10:32 am

Get a large ziploc bag and fill it with rice crispies. Use a rolling pin and crush the rice crispies into a powder. Then add a healthy amount of lemon pepper and hot shot(red and black pepper). Batter it with two coats of batter and egg. It's a very light crusted batter with a tiny sweet hint to hit and some zip from the spices. Only thing I ever use.
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Re: anybody have a good fish batter?

Postby bapentec » Apr Mon 22, 2013 12:40 am

You guys know I'm a chef by trade......well some of you do, and others will know from eating my food but.......the ritz cracker thing is money...but easy to burn. The cheese it idea sound absolutely disgusting.....SO I will immediately try it. Couple ideas to shoot you....#1 Bisquick and soda water....dredge the filet in seasoned flour....then egg wash....then a mixture of equal parts soda water and bisquick. You like it hot....season the final "fake beer batter" with a habenero sauce. You could also use beer in this recipe...I like to drink.....but it kills the flavor of the fish IMO. #2 DRAKES batter. It's in a yellow box....with a red duck on it. It's in most grocery stores....dredge in that,egg wash, then drakes again.....375 degree oil.....and fish cooks quick, don't fry too long.<-------chefs have been using this one for years BTW. Have fun. Cooking is my other passion.
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Re: anybody have a good fish batter?

Postby Testudinae » Apr Mon 22, 2013 1:25 am

bapentec wrote:You guys know I'm a chef by trade......well some of you do, and others will know from eating my food but.......the ritz cracker thing is money...but easy to burn. The cheese it idea sound absolutely disgusting.....SO I will immediately try it. Couple ideas to shoot you....#1 Bisquick and soda water....dredge the filet in seasoned flour....then egg wash....then a mixture of equal parts soda water and bisquick. You like it hot....season the final "fake beer batter" with a habenero sauce. You could also use beer in this recipe...I like to drink.....but it kills the flavor of the fish IMO. #2 DRAKES batter. It's in a yellow box....with a red duck on it. It's in most grocery stores....dredge in that,egg wash, then drakes again.....375 degree oil.....and fish cooks quick, don't fry too long.<-------chefs have been using this one for years BTW. Have fun. Cooking is my other passion.


Don't bother with the cheese it idea! Go straight to the crushed up hot fries or flaming hot cheetos.
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Re: anybody have a good fish batter?

Postby bapentec » Apr Mon 22, 2013 3:28 am

You quote very nicely. How about Cool ranch doritos crushed up?
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Re: anybody have a good fish batter?

Postby Testudinae » Apr Mon 22, 2013 8:19 pm

I guess but that sounds even more disgusting lol
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Re: anybody have a good fish batter?

Postby Riverrats » May Thu 09, 2013 4:49 pm

I Soak The Fish In Salt Water Usaully Over Night .Then The Next Day I Get Some Andys'itEither Come In Red Or White Mix .Then Take And Ad Some mcCormicks Beer Batter To It. Get The Peanut Oil To 375 degrees. Very Taste!!
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Re: anybody have a good fish batter?

Postby bassnhound » May Thu 09, 2013 5:05 pm

I like Uncle bucks from BPS. Comes in a water tight tub to more old oil back into when done. :D
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Re: anybody have a good fish batter?

Postby willcfish » May Fri 17, 2013 2:31 pm

Try pizza dough mix. My son and I were at the Condo and were going to have fish we had caught one evening only to find we had left the flour home. He suggested we use pizza mix and it is great. Inexpensive and you can make it as thick or thin as you like. :idea:
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