This is one of those recipes I have had around for years. I'll make it a bunch and then somehow forget all about it until some months later I come across it again. And then when I make it I can't figure out how I forgot about it!
This fish recipe makes such a light, crispy fish with a yummy citrus flavor. I love citrus and fish!
I use tilapia a lot while making this, but cod, perch and other similar white fish will work as well.
Lemon Battered Fish
1 cup + 1/2 cup flour, divided
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 egg, beaten
2/3 cup water
1/3 cup + 1/3 cup lemon juice, divided
2 lbs. tilapia or other white fish
Oil for frying
Pour oil into a large skillet suitable for frying (cast iron works awesome!) so the oil is approx 1 inch deep. Please make sure your skillet is deep enough that the oil will not overflow while frying. This could be a fire hazard!
Heat oil over med to med-high heat until it reaches 350*. A candy thermometer works great for this.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine 1 cup flour, baking powder, salt and sugar; set aside. In another bowl, beat together the egg, water and 1/3 cup lemon juice. Add to the flour mixture and mix well until smooth.
Place the remaining lemon juice in a small bowl and the remaining flour in a separate small bowl.
When oil is ready, dip each fish fillet first in the lemon juice, then the flour and finally the egg batter. Carefully drop battered fish pieces two or three at a time into hot oil. Fry for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden and fish flakes easily with a fork.
Drain fish on paper towels before serving.
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