Frying your fish with a seasoned breading is an appetizing way to dress up your dinner. While you can purchase many different varieties of fish fry mix in the store, you may choose the inexpensive and creative option of making your own mix. All you need are a few common herbs and spices to make a simple and delicious fry mix that accentuates the flavor of your fish.
Things You'll Need
- Large mixing bowl
- Mortar and pestle
- 1/4 tsp. dill
- 1/4 tsp. parsley
- 1/4 tsp. thyme
- 1/2 cup corn flour or meal
- 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1 egg
- Pie plate or shallow bowl
- Fish fillets
- 2 plates
- Waxed paper
- Paper towel
- Vegetable oil
- Large frying pan
- Metal spatula
Crush the dill, parsley and thyme with a mortar and pestle to reduce them to a fine consistency and release their flavor and aroma. Use the back of a metal spoon against a mixing bowl if you don't have access to a mortar and pestle.
Combine the dill, parsley, thyme, corn flour or meal, dry bread crumbs, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and black pepper in a large mixing bowl.
Crack the egg in a shallow bowl or pie plate and whisk it until it's mixed.
Dredge each fish fillet in the egg mixture and dip it in the fish fry mix, ensuring both sides of the fillet are covered. Place the fillets on a wax-paper lined plate until you're ready to fry them.
Pour vegetable oil into a large frying pan until the bottom of the pan is covered. Heat the frying pan on the stove over medium heat.
Put the coated fish fillets in the pan and cook them for 5 to 7 minutes. Flip them to the other side and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes. The fillets should appear golden in color when done.
Take the finished fish fillets out of the pan with a metal spatula and place them on a paper towel-covered plate. Let them cool and enjoy.
Tips & Warnings
- This fish fry mix coats about 6 fillets; if you're cooking fewer than that, separate part of the mix before cooking and store it in an air-tight container for future use.
- Experiment with the herb mixture to create your own one-of-a-kind flavor. Substitute any flavorful herbs for the dill, thyme or parley; add 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the fry mix to give it a Cajun flavor or add finely chopped chives to the mix for extra flavor and color.
- You can use all-purpose flour instead of the corn meal, but corn meal will give your fish a crunchier, more savory coating.
- Always use extreme caution around hot oil to avoid serious burns.
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