Family Recipe for Frying Perfect Fish

I had been meaning to purchase another box of frozen Icelandic cod and remembered to grab a box on Tuesday while grocery shopping.  Our butcher carries a 5 pound box of individually wrapped and frozen fillets that is as handy as can be!  You can easily grab however much you need and thaw, returning the rest to the freezer for another time!

We like a couple of pieces fried with a side salad for an easy weeknight supper.

Ingredients for Frying Fish:

1 C. cornmeal
1 C. all purpose flour
3 T. paprika
1/2 t. kosher salt
1/2 t. black pepper
thawed fish fillets
peanut or grape seed oil to fill to a depth of 1" a deep skillet

Rinse and blot the thawed fish fillets.  Mix the ingredients for the breading well.  Heat the oil to about 325-335 degrees F.  Quickly dredge the fillets and fry in the hot oil until golden brown and crisp.  About 5-8 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.  Drain on absorbent paper.  I often keep the fish warm in a 200 degree F oven until ready to serve.

Store the unused breading in a plastic zipper bag in the freezer.  You may also double or triple the recipe depending on the amount of fish you are making.

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