Crispy fried fish : beer battered tasty cod fish bites!

Crispy fried fish : beer battered tasty cod fish bites!

Photo and text by Panos Diotis and Mirella Kaloglou

Calories (per serving): 
353
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This is a traditional Greek recipe that it's usually cooked on the 25th of March (Declaration of Greek Independence) and it's served with skordalia on the side.

It's a very tasty recipe with simple ingredients and it's one of the most popular fried fish dishes in Greece. Who can resist the crispy fried 

 

Ingredients: 

- 350gr/12.5oz of cod fillet
- 2 tablespoons fresh spearmint, finely chopped (or 3 tablespoons dried)
- 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped 
- salt, pepper (use salt only if your cod isn't salted)


For the batter
- 170ml beer (1/2 can or a bit more than 2/3 cup)
- 7 tablespoons of all-use flour
- 400ml (1 1/2 cup) olive oil (preferably), or any other vegetable oil for the frying

 

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Preparation: Wash the cod well, pat dry and shred it into flakes with your hands. Be careful to remove any remaining fish bones. Make sure most of the moisture has been removed by squeezing the fish with some paper towels.

 

Mix fish and herbs in a large bowl. Season with salt, cover the bowl with cling film and put it in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.
While waiting, prepare the batter in a large bowl: pour the beer and then sift in the flour. Stir well.

 

Remove the fish from the fridge and leave aside for a while in room temperature.
Heat the oil in a frying pan, on medium to high heat.

 

Using a tablespoon take some of the fish, dip it in the batter to soak, and then place it in the pan.
Fry the fish for 3-4 minutes per side, until golden brown. Continue the process until you have uses all of the fish. When you remove the golden cod bites from the pan, put them on a paper towel to drain.

 

Serve with fresh lemon juice and if you have a bit more time, make some skordalia on the side.

Tips: 

1. If the fish you will use is dried salted cod, you will have to put it into water at least 24hrs, before cooking. Make sure you change the water regularly (try to change it at least once every hour in the day you will cook it).
2. Don't use any salt in this recipe if the cod fillet is the dried salted kind.

 

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