America's Test Kitchen: Crispy Fish Sandwiches with Tartar Sauce (Ep 2218)
Crispy Fish Sandwiches With Tartar Sauce
TIME 1 ¼ HOURS
Cod or halibut can be substituted for the haddock; you can substitute plain seltzer for the beer. Do not use a dark beer in this recipe. Use a Dutch oven that holds 6 quarts or more here.
¾ cup mayonnaise
1 ½ teaspoons minced shallot
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and minced
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1 ½ teaspoons white vinegar
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup cornstarch
½ teaspoon table salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
¾ cup beer
2 quarts peanut of vegetable oil for frying
4 (4-to 6-ounce) skinless haddock fillets, 1 inch thick
4 brioche buns, toasted
4 leaves Bibb lettuce
1. FOR THE TARTAR SAUCE: Combine all ingredients in bowl, let sit for 15 minutes, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
2. FOR THE FISH: Whisk flour, corn-starch, salt, and baking powder together in large bowl. Whisk in beer until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
3. Set wire rack in rimmed baking sheet. Add oil to large Dutch oven until it measures about 11 ⁄ 2 inches deep and heat over medium-high heat to 375 degrees. Pat haddock dry with paper towels and transfer to batter, tossing gently to coat. Using fork, remove haddock from batter, allowing excess batter to drip back into bowl; add to hot oil, briefly dragging haddock along surface of oil to set batter before gently dropping into oil. Adjust burner, if necessary, to maintain oil temperature between 350 and 375 degrees.
4. Cook, stirring gently to prevent pieces from sticking together, until deep golden brown and crispy, about 4 minutes per side. Using spider skimmer or slotted spoon, transfer haddock to prepared rack. Divide tartar sauce evenly among bun bottoms, followed by haddock and lettuce. Cover with bun tops. Serve with lemon wedges.
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