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Fresh fish! Celebrate your catch of the day with these delicious recipes for a scrumptious fish fry.


FISHING IS A FAVORITE HOBBY for rural folks during the summer months--and even the winter months for those up North who enjoy ice fishing. It's a pastime that offers the chance to slow down and enjoy the great outdoors, all while putting a healthy source of protein on the dinner table.

If you aren't a big fan of the taste of fish, some types aren't quite so "fishy" and have a milder flavor, including catfish and trout. Some say it helps temper the flavor by soaking fillets in equal parts water and vinegar for 30 minutes before cooking, or soaking fillets overnight in milk or buttermilk. You can also try mixing and matching herbs and spices to create a blend that your palate will enjoy. Fish readily takes on the flavor of whatever spice or herb you are cooking with, so you can season fillets to your liking.

Classic battered and fried fish pairs perfectly with a pile of crispy potatoes, or "chips" if you follow English tradition. And don't forget the malt vinegar and some tartar sauce for dipping. If you prefer to eat fewer fried things, simple seasoned and baked fish can be just as delicious. A side of cool, creamy slaw and a few warm hush puppies completes the meal for a delicious plate that's hard to resist.

Whether you do your fishing from a nearby river or lake, or from the pond on your own acreage, an old-fashioned fish fry is the perfect way to celebrate a successful day on the water. Enjoy!

Yields 4 servings.

Oil for frying
1 pound cod, fillets or chunks, cut into
  3-inch pieces
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
l/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
1/2 cup water
1 large egg
Fresh parsley, optional

[1] In large cast-iron pot or skillet over medium-high
heat, heat 1/2 inch oil to 360 F., and monitor
with cooking thermometer.

[2] Rinse pat fish dry with paper towel. Sprinkle
both sides evenly with salt and pepper.

[3] In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, cayenne,
lemon zest, and remaining salt and pepper.
Whisk water into flour mixture. Whisk in egg.

[4] Working in batches, dredge fish in batter,
and carefully place in hot oil. Cook for 3
minutes on each side, or until golden. Place on
paper towel-lined plate to cool. Sprinkle with
parsley before serving.


Yields about 1 1/2 cups.

1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar or lemon juice
3 to 4 tablespoons minced dill pickles
2 tablespoons minced capers, optional
3 tablespoons minced fresh herbs, such as
  parsley, chives or tarragon
Salt, optional

[1] In small bowl, combine mayonnaise and
mustard. Whisk in vinegar.

[2] Place minced pickles and capers in paper
towel and wring out excess liquid. Add to
mayonnaise mixture with herbs, and mix well.
Season with salt, if desired.


Yields 4 servings.

4 fish fillets
4 teaspoons butter
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons paprika, divided
Cherry tomatoes, halved
1 onion, sliced, optional
1/2 green pepper, chopped, optional
8 lemon slices
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

[1] Heat oven to 350 F.

[2] Tear off two large sheets aluminum foil.
Place two fillets on each sheet. Dot each fillet
with 1 teaspoon butter, and sprinkle with
salt, pepper and 1/2 teaspoon paprika.

[3] Evenly divide and place tomatoes, onion,
green pepper and lemon slices over fillets.
Sprinkle evenly with lemon juice and parsley.
Fold ends of foil up, and seal edges.

[4] Place foil packets in shallow baking dish,
and bake for 30 minutes.

NOTE: Hot steam will form in packets, so be
careful when opening.


Yields 25 hush puppies.

Oil, for frying
2 cups cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup chopped onion

[1] In large cast-iron pan, heat oil to 375 F.

[2] In large bowl, sift together cornmeal, salt,
baking powder and baking soda. Add egg,
water, buttermilk and onion, and mix well.

[3] Drop by teaspoonfuls into hot oil. Fry for 3 to
5 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from
oil, and drain on paper towel-lined plate.


Yields 4 to 6 servings.

3 cups shredded cabbage
1/2 green pepper, finely diced
2 carrots, shredded
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons half-and-half or whole milk
Italian parsley leaves, chopped, optional

[1] In large bowl, combine cabbage, green pepper and carrots. Set aside.

[2] In small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sugar, celery seed, mustard, vinegar, and half-and-half. Add to cabbage mixture, and mix well. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

NOTE: The slaw dressing can be made in advance and stored in a sealed jar in the refrigerator, where it will keep for several weeks.


Yields 4 servings.

4 medium potatoes
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
Salt and pepper, to taste

[1] Heat oven to 425 F.

[2] Cut potatoes into wedges Vi-inch wide, and
cut in half to form chunks. Rinse in cold water.
Drain thoroughly and pat dry with tea towel.

[3] In large bowl, combine oil, rosemary, garlic,
salt and pepper. Mix until well blended. Add
potatoes, and toss to coat.

[4] Place potatoes on ungreased baking sheet,
and bake for 40 minutes, or until golden brown
and tender, stirring occasionally.


Yields one pie.

1 1/2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
Zest of 1 lemon, divided, optional
1 can (6 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 container (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping,
thawed, divided

[1] In large bowl, combine wafer crumbs and butter.
Press firmly on bottom and up sides of 9-inch
pie plate. Chill in refrigerator.

[2] In large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy.
Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk, half
the lemon zest, and lemonade concentrate. Fold
in half the whipped topping. Pour into pie shell.
Chill for 4 hours, or until set. Garnish with remaining
whipped topping and lemon zest.


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Kellsey Trimble grew up fishing ponds on her family's land in northeast Kansas and some chilly rivers in Medicine Bow, Wyoming.
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