There’s nothing like a delicious meal of crispy fish! Lucky for me, my spouse often goes fishing and catches pickerel fish – also known as walleye. This is a terrific fish to bake or poach but sometimes you just need to have a fish fry, and when we have guests for dinner they always love this recipe. We experimented with a number of different batters and oils and finally got it just right! The best thing – it’s such a simple fish fry recipe. It’s also light and super moist and we do not use a deep fryer.
Only 4 Items Needed
- Pickerel Fillets.
- 1 Beer (optional). We like the beer batter but you can use the original instead.
- Grapeseed Oil
- Fish Crisp Batter
Pickerel is a delicious fish, but if you don’t have that available you can substitute another fleshed white fish like cod or soul.
We’ve tried all kinds of different batters. We’ve made our own with flour, corn starch and spices and tried various store bought batters and things like Panko or seasoned breadcrumbs. But Fish Crisp batter wins hands down as the best one! If you prefer not to have a beer batter you can buy the Original. Or, if you like to spice it up a bit there are all kinds of other flavors such as Cajun or Italian.
We buy it at our local Co-op store, Canadian Tire or Cabela’s. It can also be purchased on Amazon.
Making the Fish
While I love the taste of fish, I don’t really care for the smell of anything fried cooking in the house. Our preferred method is to use an electric fry pan outside so there’s no smell and no mess in the house. You can use a deep fryer if you prefer but we’ve found it tastes better with less oil.
Grapeseed Oil is key! Once we started using grapeseed oil, we never went back. It’s lighter and improves the taste considerably. We buy a big jug of it at Costco to save money.
- Rinse and pat your fish dry.
- Wisk up the batter with a beer.
- Put roughly 1/4 inch of oil in a frypan. Just enough so that a fillet is half immersed in the oil.
- Heat up the oil. Watch carefully so that you insert the fish just as the first little bubbles appear. Don’t let it smoke.
- Dip the fish in batter and place it in the heated oil.
- Fill the pan with fillets and cook for about 5 minutes then flip for another 5 minutes. Depending on the size and thickness this could be a little shorter or longer. Fish doesn’t take long to cook so flip it when it’s golden brown and remove from the pan when it’s brown and crispy.
- Place the fish in a dish lined with paper towel and cover it while you keep cooking.
- Serve it up!
We enjoy this with some tarter and fresh lemon slices🍋. It’s also a great filling for fish taco’s.
Try it and let me know what you think!