Captain Ds makes amazing batter dipped fish. If you are looking for a great plate of Fish and Chips, this is the place you want to go.
I have a confession to make; I love Captain Ds Batter Dipped Fish. They can’t be found everywhere, but for me, this is a guilty pleasure. If you are lucky enough to live near one, you may feel the same way. Their battered dipped fish has to be some of the best fish around. All of your food is freshly made to order, they have a diverse menu so that you can get a variety of seafood dishes, but for me, their battered dipped fish is my personal favorite.
One of my favorite things about preparing a copycat recipe at home is you can modify a recipe if you like. For example, this fish Alaskan Pollock is used for their famous recipe. You could use cod or another hearty fish. You could even use your leftover batter to create onion rings; it’s completely up to you.
There are many reasons why this fish is so tasty. What makes their batter so good is that the flour mixture is nicely seasoned. So often a battered isn’t seasoned quite right, and it may miss its mark on flavor, not here. You may wonder what oil to fry the fish in, I use straight-up vegetable oil. They do not use peanut oil because that could create an allergy problem for people. I also try to use oil that is clean and fresh.
One of my favorite tools for frying is my T-fal FR8000 Oil Filtration Ultimate EZ Clean Easy to clean 3.5-Liter Fry Basket Stainless Steel Immersion Deep Fryer, 2.6-Pound, Silver. Why I like this fryer is that it enables you to filter the oil after usage, and then store the oil if desired. Oil for frying often begins to burn because small particles of batter disperse into the oil and they eventually burn. If you use a fryer with a filter this will help you. You could also run oil through a coffee filter when you are done, this will work as well. This fryer makes this task for you easy and safe. Years ago, I used to work in a restaurant and straining the oil was the task I liked least. The oil was hot, and you could burn yourself.
Tips for frying Batter-Dipped fish
So there is a little technique when preparing the fish I want to share with you. I like to blot my fish with a paper towel to make it dry before I dip it into the batter. This way the batter will stick on better. When placing the fish into the fryer I try to place it in carefully. So that I hold the fish carefully in the oil about halfway. By holding it for a second or two before dropping into the hot oil you can enable the crust to cook a little so it won’t then get stuck to the bottom of the fryer basket. I find that if I simply put the fish in there, the batter can cook around the basket.
I hope you try this recipe for Captain Ds Batter Dipped Fish, it is one of my guilty pleasures.
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Captain Ds Batter Dipped Fish
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2 pounds cod hake, or other white fish
- vegetable oil for frying
- Preheat the oil to 350 degrees in either a deep fryer or a medium sized saucepan. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and cayenne pepper. Whisk in the water. The batter will get a little foamy, continue to mix. Pat the fish dry with a paper towel to remove excess moister. Coat the fish in the batter, working to fully coat each fillet. Deep-fry the fish for 3 to 4 minutes. You want to cook the fish until it is golden brown. If you fry multiple pieces at once you may want to separate the pieces when cooking. Drain fish on a wire rack.