Casual Eating

Time For A Fish Fry

A summertime favorite is easy to make with this family-friendly recipe. (Progressive Farmer photo by Rachel Johnson)

Makes: 4 sandwiches

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Vegetable oil for frying

½ cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste

2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning, divided

2 large eggs, beaten

1 cup panko bread crumbs

4 fish filets (tilapia, catfish, cod, etc.)

4 white hoagie sandwich rolls

Cooking spray

¼ cup prepared remoulade

¼ cup sweet pickle relish

1 cup cabbage coleslaw mix

1 medium tomato, sliced

For serving: deli pickles, Louisiana hot sauce

1. In a heavy-bottomed skillet, heat 1 inch vegetable oil to medium-high heat.

2. Set out three shallow bowls.

3. Fill first bowl with flour, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning; stir to combine.

4. Fill second bowl with beaten eggs.

5. Fill third bowl with bread crumbs, remaining Cajun seasoning and remaining salt; stir to combine.

6. Sprinkle fish with salt. Dredge first filet in flour mixture; dip in egg mixture to coat (allowing excess to drip off). Press both sides into bread crumb mixture.

7. Test oil by dropping a pinch of bread crumbs into it; watch for a gentle sizzle. When oil is ready, lay two filets in pan; cook 2 to 3 minutes each side or until bread crumbs are golden brown, and fish is cooked through.

8. Set fish aside on a cooling rack; cool slightly. Repeat with remaining filets.

9. While fish is cooking, split rolls in half lengthwise; lightly coat with cooking spray. Toast until golden brown.

10. Spread 2 tablespoons remoulade on bottom halves of bread; spread 2 tablespoons relish on top.

11. Assemble sandwiches by adding fish; top with coleslaw mix and tomato. Serve with pickles and hot sauce, if desired.