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Ryan's Fish and Chips with Tartar Sauce

It's Good Friday today, and before my family heads out to do Visita Iglesia, I want to bring you PiTCC's last Meatless Friday recipe for this year.

Hubby went fishing last Monday and he caught more than 20 lbs of catfish. I don't usually like catfish because of its strong muddy taste, but that's not how it is with Ryan's catfish. You see, he learned from his officemate that the most effective way to remove the muddy taste in catfish is to let the fillets bleed out on ice overnight. So that's what he does...and it really works!

The next day, he made fish and chips and he wanted me to share it with here it is!
This is one of Ryan's specialty. Everytime he catches some fish (whether its catfish or white bass) from the nearby lake, fish and chips is what you will first see on our table. I guess he really finds it easy to make and very enjoyable to eat. He even makes tartar sauce to go with it. Ryan's Fish and Chips is something that my daughters consider real comfort food. They love how crispy and flavorful their dad makes it!

  • 1½ lb catfish fillet, cut diagonally into 1-inch-wide strips
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup corn meal
  • ½ cup corn flour
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder 
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable oil for frying 
  • salt and pepper
For the Tartar Sauce:
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1/8 cup sweet relish
  • 1/8 cup yellow onion, minced
  • ½ Tbsp yellow mustard
  • ½Tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
For the chips:
1. In a large bowl, dissolve 3 Tbsp salt in 6 cups water. Peel potatoes, cut into strips and soak in water-salt mixture for about 1 hour. Drain.
2. Heat 2 cups oil in a saucepan over high heat. Submerge potatoes in oil. Working in batches, fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until they look pale and floppy. Remove from oil, drain on a paper towel lined plate and allow to completely cool down. Heat the oil again on high and return the potatoes in the saucepan. Fry until crisp and golden brown. (This way of cooking is the secret to crispy fries.)
For the catfish:
1. Sprinkle catfish with salt and pepper. Let sit for about 15 minutes. 
2. In a bowl, mix all purpose flour, corn meal, corn flour, paprika, garlic powder, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper.
3. In a small bowl, beat eggs until smooth. Stir in milk until well combined. Dip fish into egg wash, then dredge into flour mixture one at a time. Heat 2 cups oil in a saucepan over high heat. Working in small batches, immerse fish into hot oil. Cook each side for about 5 minutes or until golden brown. 
For the tartar sauce:
In a bowl, combine all the ingredients. Stir thoroughly. Refrigerate until ready to use.


  1. Great catch , Ryan ! hahaha It sure looks delish , Tina ! I love the crispy fries tip ;D

  2. I don't like catfish as well I am more of a salmon or trout fish lover, but your way of preparing it..hehe I would eat in a heart beat!:) Looks way to tasty to pass it!:)
    Congrats to Ryan on all the is great reward to eat it later!:)
    Have a awesome weekend love! Enjoy!!!!

  3. I agree with Anne: great catfish catch--they look like they're heavy too! The fish and fries look perfectly cooked and golden and there is homemade tartar sauce too? Wonderful! This post reminds me of my family on the Alabama Gulf Coast. My dad and friends would go fishing, come home, and there would be a huge fish fry. This looks awesome!

  4. You make me Hungry Dear. I love the fish so much.... Can I get this recipes I would love to try this to my family here since everyone love fish.... Thank you for sharing....

  5. that looks sooo good! I love fish and Chips. Also love that catfish tip!

  6. Hi Tina, Can I use other fish on this? Like tilapia. Thanks. This looks delicious and I want to try this tomorrow for our Easter Celebration. :D

    1. Yes Divina, this recipe will work well in tilapia.

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  8. Lucky u, got a hubby who can fish! I'd love to go fishing sometime too :) What a treat!

    1. Yes, I am so lucky! He doesn't only know how to fish, he knows how to debone and fillet the fish too! The best thing is he's a good cook too! He's definitely a keeper! :)

  9. Never had catfish before, but it's interesting to know how you can remove certain unwanted tastes. I hope you can do a visual tutorial of that next time! hahaha :D Great job on the fish and chips, it looks like a great meal.

  10. Do you loan Ryan out? What a delicious meal!!!! Happy Easter, my friend!

  11. Sono passata per augurarti una buona Pasqua a te ed a tua famiglia!!!
    Un bacione

    1. Thanks Lu! Hope you had a wonderful Easter! Hugs!

  12. Wow...that was quite a catch! Ryan's fish and chips looks so crunchy and delicious! Wish I could taste some. Happy Easter Tina!

  13. This reminds me of my new england roots! :D

  14. Tina, the fish could have not been fresher than what you have here...looks delicious. Hope you have a great Easter weekend :)

  15. Fish and my go to comfort fried food since when I was a kid. I just love dipping the chips and fish into tartare sauce.. I always order this whenever I have craving for fried food. This surely brings back fond memories. Have a good week Tina and take care now my friend. xoxo

  16. Those fish looks sooo crunchy-delicious. I can have a plateful of them! Thank you, Tina! :)

  17. Thanks for all the great tips for cooking this perfect version of fish and chips! Yum!

  18. Hi Tina, your fish and chip look really good. So tempting and mouth watering. Thanks for the tartar sauce recipe, look great.

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    Have a nice day.

  19. My hubby doesn't like catfish for the same reason-strong muddy taste. But your tip sounds very handy. The fish and chips looks amazing and so perfect. Delicious post Tina. Thanks for sharing :)

  20. Awesome fish fry! I'm from Texas, where people are weened on catfish :). It turned out beautifully :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  21. Your fish and chips look so good. It's nice that you can use fish that you know where they came from. Also good that you found a way to get rid of the muddy taste!

  22. that fish and chips is making me hungry i ate some shrimp tom yum soup i cooked up an hour ago now i want to go out and get some catfish instead of eating bbq tonight.
    thank you for a great recipe and website
    best wishes alan

  23. Those are big catfish and the battered fish looks perfectly crispy - not greasy at all.