I’m a big fan of battered fried fish. Add in some freshly fried French fries, a side of delicious tartar sauce, and give me a bottle of malt vinegar and I’m one happy guy. This copycat of Captain D’s batter dipped fish checks all my boxes. Slightly crunchy. Tasty. Oh, and easy. Crazy easy. This is just like the great fish you can get at the restaurant. Oh me, just looking at the picture gets me hungry again!
I use a little Fry Daddy when I cook my copycat Captain D’s batter dipped fish. It’s perfect for small pieces of fish and it heats the oil to the perfect temperature. But for larger pieces or when making dinner for more than just a few people, I use a Dutch oven or a bigger deep fryer.
No matter what you use to cook your fish, make sure that you don’t overcook it. The fish will dry out and not be good at all. Also make sure you get the oil temperature high enough. Low temperatures won’t cook the fish correctly. Low oil temperature will also saturate the fish with oil. That’s not good either.
Also try my copycat Long John Silver’s fish-and-chips!
Copycat Captain D’s Batter Dipped Fish
I’m a big fan of battered fried fish. Add in some fries, a side of tartar sauce, and give me a bottle of malt vinegar and I’m one happy guy. This copycat of Captain D’s batter dipped fish checks all my boxes.
Servings 4 servings
Heat 3" of oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven to 350 F.
In a large bowl add the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt and cayenne. Whisk to combine.
Slowly whisk in the water. You want a pancake-like batter. If it's too thick add a bit (a very small bit!) more water and whisk.
Rinse and pat the fish dry. I prefer to cut mine into bite-sized pieces.
Working in batches, add the fish to the batter and turn to coat completely. Transfer to the oil and deep fry 3-4 minutes, turning once, until golden brown. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate. If desired, sprinkle the fish with salt.
Note: If you like to cut your fish into bite-sized pieces before frying, you might need more batter to fully coat them. I usually double the batter ingredients just to make sure I have enough.
Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 1610mg | Potassium: 993mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 224mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutritional values are approximate.
As a kid, my hands-down favorite fast food place was Long John Silver’s. And although I loved the fish and fries, I have to admit my favorite things were the little crunchies. You know, the little pieces of fried batter that would end up in your food basket. I loved them. I would even ask for ‘extra crunchies’ when I ordered. Fortunately, I can get all the crunchies I want when I make this copycat Long John Silver’s Fish-and-Chips.
If I want extra crunchies I just add a few drops of batter to the oil and in seconds… extra crunchies! And don’t forget the hush puppies! No Long John Silver’s copycat meal is complete without them. This copycat Long John Silver’s Fish-and-Chips dish will bring back memories of the last time you stopped by the restaurant!
For something a bit different, dip your fries in my malt vinegar aioli instead of good-ole ketchup.
Also try my copycat of Captain D’s batter dipped fish!
Copycat Long John Silver’s Fish-and-Chips
Now I can make my own copycat Long John’s Silver’s fish and chips. And if I want extra crunchies I just add a few drops of batter to the oil and in seconds… extra crunchies!
For the fish
Heat a few inches of oil to 375 F in a Dutch oven or deep fryer.
Pat fish dry and coat well in the batter.
Working in batches, slowly lower the fish into the oil and fry on both sides until golden brown.
Remove to a paper towel-lined plate
Service with tartar sauce and malt vinegar.
For the fries
Reduce oil temperature to 325 F.
Fry potatoes until starting to turn golden brown. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and pat dry.
Increase oil temperature to 375 F and add the fries back in. Fry until golden brown and crispy. Remove to paper towel-lined plate to drain, sprinkle with salt, then serve immediately.
Calories: 1092kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 170g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 387mg | Sodium: 745mg | Potassium: 5078mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 363IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 206mg | Iron: 7mg
Nutritional values are approximate.