In this crispy fish sandwich, cod is coated with cornmeal and pan fried until crispy. Sandwiched on ciabatta with lettuce, tomato and a homemade tartar sauce! Yields 4 to 6 sandwiches.

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Yay! For another seafood post! The whole family loves this fish sandwich, especially with the homemade tartar sauce.

Even my picky husband loved it! I’m thinking it’s probably because I use cod, and cod is a mild and subtle flavored fish. Not to mention the cornmeal gives it a crispy-crunchy exterior when pan fried and it is smothered in the best tartar sauce ever! Also, for this sandwich (and many others) I like to use ciabatta bread, it’s softer and chewier and has all those nooks and crannies for the tarter sauce to creep down in!! LOVE IT!

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First thing is making the simple tartar sauce. For this you will need; mayo, sweet pickle relish, black pepper to taste, a teaspoon of lemon juice (1 tsp.), Franks Red Hot (to taste).

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Next measure and all ingredients into a medium bowl and stir to combine. Adding only a couple of dashes of hot sauce to taste.

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Then cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

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Next for the fish,  you will need; cod, cornmeal, black Pepper and kosher salt. Seriously, how simple is this?

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First, combine the corn meal, salt and pepper in a shallow dish.

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Then, using a for or whisk, until combined.

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Then preheat your pan over medium-high heat. Please don’t judge my crusty old pan. I’ve had these since I was 19, it’s 10+ years old! I think it’s time for new pans.

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Next dredge each piece of cod, coating the top and bottom of the cod well, and pressing the cornmeal into the cod with your fingers to make sure it sticks.

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Beautiful!

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Once your pan has preheated, add the cod to the hot oil, and cook 3-5 minutes per side. Adjusting the heat as you go. Flip and repeat.

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Next, continue to cook the cod in batches and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. If your cod is thick an you feel it might not be thoroughly cooked you could place the baking sheet in the oven for an additional 5 minutes at 350°. But if your fish is flaky, your good to go.

Because we’re using cornmeal to crust this fish, it yields a crispy “fried like” texture on the outside of the cod.

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Now we build the sandwich! For the fish sandwich you will need; a loaf of ciabatta, sliced tomato, lettuce, the crispy cornmeal fish fillets and the tarter sauce.

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First, slice your ciabatta bread lengthwise.

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And hollow out the top, you can use the bread you remove for bread crumbs later on by adding them to a food processor, pulse until they resemble breadcrumbs, then toast on a sheet pan until dry, in a low temperature oven. Or you could be like me and eat them right then and there or you could just throw it away!

Hollowing out the bread creates more room for stacking these sandwiches.

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Next, spread the tartar sauce, as thick or as thin, on both sides of the bread. So good.

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Then stack the fish on the bottom half of the ciabatta.

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Then top with slices of tomatoes.

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And then lettuce leaves. Finally, replace the top piece of the ciabatta bread and with a sharp knife, slice into sections and serve!

SO deliciously flavorful! This fish sandwich is also great rewarmed the next day!

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Enjoy! And if you give this Fish Sandwich recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Tasty Fish Sandwich with Homemade Tartar Sauce
Yield: 4 to 6 depending

Tasty Fish Sandwich with Homemade Tartar Sauce

In this fish sandwich, cod is coated with cornmeal and pan fried until crispy. Sandwiched on ciabatta with lettuce, tomato and a homemade tartar sauce!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • FOR THE TARTAR SAUCE
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • kosher salt
  • a few splashes of Franks Red Hot Sauce, to taste
  • FOR THE SANDWICHES
  • 1 lb fresh cod (about 5 pieces)
  • 1 ciabatta loaf
  • 1 to 2 tomatoes, sliced thick
  • 1/2 a head of iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 1/2 cup yellow corn meal
  • a few pinches of kosher salt
  • light olive oil, for frying

Instructions

Coat your pan with olive oil and heat over medium heat.

Prepare fish by mixing together the corn meal and salt and pepper in a shallow dish.

Coat the cod with the cornmeal mixture, pressing it on to the fish so it sticks.

For the tartar sauce: Combine all ingredients, stir and refrigerate until ready to use.

Place the fish in the preheated pan and cook for 3-5 minutes per side until it is golden and crispy.

Remove to a parchment line baking sheet, If your fish is on the thick side, you could place the fish into a preheated oven {350 degrees} to finish the cooking process.

Otherwise, slice the ciabatta loaf in half lengthwise, hollow out the top and spread the tarter sauce on both the top and bottom. Then layer the the fish, tomato, lettuce and top with the top section of the ciabatta... slice into desired portions and serve... should serve 4-6 portions.

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