Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Down-East Style Fish Sandwich with a Touch of Zing

Fish and chips is a Friday supper tradition in the Lizabetti home. Some people like it in sandwich form, while others like it served as a fillet. Whichever way you like it, lightly fried fish is a New England treat that everyone will enjoy. I like to jazz it up a bit because I think fish is a great canvas for flavors. We always serve the sandwich with our Herb-Dijon Mayonnaise sauce.

If you want to make the meal a little lighter, you can serve the fish with our healthy oven fries, instead of French fries.


  • 1 1/2 pound Pollock, haddock, or cod. I like pollock the best because it is more durable for cooking and still very tender to eat. (will generously serve 4)
  • 1 Tbsp Chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp Hungarian paprika
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1-2 turns of fresh ground black pepper
  • italian flavored bread crumb
  • 2 oz sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 ripe tomato
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 2 Tbsp sliced pepperoncini hot peppers
  • 1/4 cup canola oil


  1. Wash the fish thoroughly in cold water, blot dry.
  2. Coat with salt, garlic, and paprika; in that order.
  3. Coat with Italian bread crumbs. I will post a bread crumb recipe for you, but the commercial brand is good too.
  4. Pre-heat a frying pan, add 1/2 inch of canola oil.
  5. Bring the oil to a high temperature. If a small piece of onion sizzles on contact, then the oil is hot enough. Bring the heat down to medium-high.
  6. Depending on the thickness of the fish, cook 2-4 minutes on each side.
  7. Blot the fish on a paper towel to get rid of the excess oil.
  8. Slice the tomato and onion.
  9. Slice the cheese onto the bread. Hint:I like to use a vegetable peeler because it allows me to cut ultra thin slices of cheese. This lets me enjoy the taste of cheese without eating too much of it.
  10. Lay the tomatoes and onions over the cheese and toast the bread.
  11. Place the fish over the tomatoes and cover with Herb-Dijon Mayonnaise sauce. You can also use tartar sauce if you like. Add the hot peppers and close the sandwich.
  12. Alternatively, our kids like the fish fillet served with sweet home made apple sauce.

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Herb Dijon Mayonnaise Sauce

This is a great sauce to serve on fish sandwiches , it is also great for dipping fried shrimp, chicken tenders or French fries. It has a tangy flavor with just the right amount of zing from the garlic and pepper.

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon or brown mustard
  • 1 Tbsp of light mayo
  • 1 tsp dry or fresh oregano depending on the season. We dry fresh oregano from the garden in the summer to have over the winter.
  • 1/2 Tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  1. You should prepare this at least 30 minutes prior to serving so the flavors have time to blend.
  2. Mix the mustard, mayonnaise, oregano, garlic and pepper in a bowl
  3. Drizzle in the oil and vinegar and keep stirring until smooth

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