Have you always wanted to recreate the delicious Long John Silver’s fish recipe at home? Well, now you can with this amazing copycat recipe! Get ready to make crispy and perfectly cooked fish with this special batter.
If you’re a fan of crispy batter-dipped fish, you’ll love this recipe. It’s hard to resist the combination of a crunchy exterior and tender fish inside. Long John Silver’s was a favorite restaurant of mine growing up, and I still remember the excitement of visiting their first location in Pueblo, Colorado. The taste of their fish is truly unforgettable.
This batter is similar to the popular Fish and Chips served overseas, but with a unique twist. Instead of using a beer batter, the secret ingredient here is club soda. When combined with baking soda and baking powder, the club soda gives the batter a special lift that you’ll absolutely love.
The great thing about this recipe is that you can use any type of fish you prefer. Long John Silver’s uses Wild-caught Alaskan Cod, but I’ve had success with cod from Costco as well. Catfish, tilapia, or any other white fish would also work beautifully. If you’re interested, I also have a Long John Silver’s Chicken Plank recipe you might want to check out.
For frying, I recommend using vegetable oil. Personally, I use the T-fal FR8000 Oil Filtration Ultimate EZ Clean Deep Fryer, but any pot with oil will do the job. Peanut oil is another option, although it can be pricier.
Here are a few tips to ensure success: make sure your fish pieces are no more than 3 ounces each. If they’re heavier, they may sink in the oil and the batter could wrap around the heating elements of your fryer. If you’re using a pot, this might not be a concern. When lowering the battered fish into the oil, I like to raise and lower them a few times. This allows the batter to cook slightly and reduces expansion while frying. It’s a simple technique that helps maintain the unique qualities of this batter.
I hope you enjoy recreating one of my childhood favorites. You can even use this batter for chicken tenders, shrimp, or onion rings. And don’t forget to serve it with tartar sauce for the full Long John Silver’s experience. If you’re craving more, try these other fantastic recipes.
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