Immediately after posting the Island Style Chicken Strips Recipe, I started receiving requests for a fish version. A fish nugget recipe which will help encourage kids and picky eaters to give fish a try. When I hear people talk about hating fish and their only experience are those frozen fish sticks heated in an oven or microwave, I’m discouraged as I know that is not a good measuring-stick for fried fish. To achieve what I believe are the ultimate fish sticks or nuggets, we’ll start off with a wonderful Caribbean herb marinade, then dip the seasoned pieces of fish in a modified tempura batter, before frying them until they are golden brown.
1 lb Sole (any white fish)
1 teaspoon Caribbean Green Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon peppersauce
Veg oil for frying
1 cup carbonated water (chilled)
pinch black pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour (+ flour for dusting)
1 scallion (green part)
1/4 teaspoon curry powder (optional)
If you’re using previously frozen fish (I used Sole) as I did, make sure to squeeze the pieces to remove the excess water they are frozen in. Cut into bit sized pieces and get ready to season. Go in with the Caribbean Green Seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon salt, black pepper and peppersauce (or finely diced scotch bonnet / your fav hot sauce). Give it a good mix and let it marinate for 5-10 minutes.
Place all the ingredients for the batter in a bowl and whisk (try to have the carbonated water as cold as you can get it – beer will work great as well). Now set up a work station. Seasoned fish, batter and flour.
Heat the vegetable oil on a med/high flame, then take a piece of the seasoned fish (leave the marinade on it for max flavor), dust it in the dry flour and then dip into the batter. Gently add to the heated oil. Fry 2 -4 minutes on each side – until golden brown. Then place on a wire rack or paper towels to get rid of the excess oil from frying.
As you take the pieces of fried fish out of the oil, you can sprinkle on a tiny bit of sea salt (if salt is your thing).
Serve warm – with some ranch dressing (or your fav dipping sauce for fish) or as we do in our home, with some homemade peppersauce and ketchup. Personally I like making sandwiches with these wonderful pieces of battered fried fish, but they just as good with fresh cut fries. Maybe in the coming weeks I’ll share my KILLA seasoned fries recipe with you all.