While on my quest for the perfect batter, I stumbled across what the interweb claims is The Long John Silver’s batter recipe. Now I’m sure there are hundreds of different recipes that claim to be The signature batter but my guess is that the actual recipe is a tightly kept secret that only the executives at Long John Silver’s are privy to. Nevertheless, this recipe is pretty fantastic and goes great on seafood, chicken, or even oreo’s!
- 5-6 cups of canola or vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup flour
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon paprika (optional)
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (optional)
Step 1: Preheat your oil in a large pot
Step 2: Sift all of your dry ingredients together to remove any clumps. If you don’t, you will pay dearly for it later.
Step 3: Add water and whisk together until you get a nice, thick batter.
Step 4: Season your fish with salt and pepper. We went with fresh Atlantic cod but any flaky white fish will do.
Step 5: Evenly coat your fish in the batter.
Step 6: Gently place the fish into the hot oil for ~3-4 minutes on each side. Or if you are lucky enough to own a deep fryer, cook for 6-7 minutes or until golden brown.
Step 7: Remove the fish from the oil and place on a few sheets of paper towels to absorb the excess oil. Season immediately with coarse sea salt.
Serve immediately in a warm flour tortilla or with a side of chips. We decided to go the taco route because we are obsessed with fish tacos. You can dress it up with fresh slaw, guacamole, or any of your favorite toppings. And even though it’s fried, the batter is actually incredibly light and fluffy.
So if you’re looking for a dish to hang on to the last few weeks of summer, I would highly recommend trying out this fish taco recipe. It’s simple, cheap, and incredibly easy to make on short notice. Happy eating and thanks for reading!