I bet you’ve always wanted to make Long John Silvers’ fish recipe, now you can with this imitation recipe. You can recreate this crunchy fish dough at home.
Do you love this crispy fish batter? Crispy on the outside, with the perfectly cooked fish inside, it’s hard to resist this fish. When I was a kid, this was my favorite restaurant. I remember the day Long John Silver’s first opened in Pueblo, Colorado. My family got in the car, and soon we were eating this fish.
This batter is very close to the fish and chips that are served abroad. What makes this recipe unique is that the fish is crispy, but it’s not made with a beer batter. The soda is the key ingredient that makes this batter extra special. The dough has baking soda and baking powder, and when combined with club soda, it gives the dough a special touch that you will love.
When you make this recipe at home, you can use any fish you want. Long John Silver’s uses wild Alaskan cod. I made my recipe with cod that I bought at Costco. I think this would work well with catfish or even tilapia, or any other white fish you have. You might even want to see my recipe for Long John Silvers Chicken Plank.
For frying, I used vegetable oil. I used my T-fal FR8000 Oil Filtration Ultimate EZ Clean 2.6 lb. stainless steel deep fryer basket, silver
. I like it because it regulates the heat very well, and it has a filter so that the oil can be reused. I think peanut oil would also work well, but it’s more expensive.
I have some advice on the technique. Make sure the pieces of fish don’t weigh more than 3 ounces, when the fish is heavier it will sink immediately into the oil, and the batter can be wrapped around the heating elements of your fryer. If you’re simply using a pot to heat the oil, this may not be a problem. I like to raise and lower the pieces of battered fish a few times when I lower them into the oil, this way the batter can cook a little bit, and the expansion of the batter is less of a problem. It’s not hard to do at all, but this dough expands as it cooks, which is one of the features that make this dough so unique.
I hope you enjoy one of my childhood favorites. You could use this same batter to dunk chicken, shrimp, and even onion rings. You might want to serve this recipe with a little tartar sauce.
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1 1/2 cups of flour
4 tablespoons of corn starch
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups of hot water
You’ll also need chicken or fish.
In a mixing bowl sift dry ingredients. Add water and mix well.
Cover the chicken or fish fillets completely with the batter and fry until golden brown.