Every now and again
I get a hankering for a fish sandwich ..
In fact .. I've been thinking of having one for a couple of months now .. but I just couldn't bring myself to eat any of the popular options .. and I didn't have a go-to recipe on tap.
Fast food .. tasty in the moment but not worth it in the end
Local cafe .. typically breaded, fried .. eh
Grocery .. the freezer section doesn't always do it for me. (A couple of weeks ago .. in a moment of hungry .. I even bought a big blue box of fish sticks. Good grief .. passed along to my favorite 20 somethings)
As a last resort I even toyed with a trip to the hospital cafeteria. Trivia .. hospitals have great fish sandwiches .. pretty much across the board .. it's true.
Thumbing through this month's Cooking Light magazine .. there it was.
A lighter, healthy version of the sandwich I'd been craving. A quick glance through the recipe … seems easy enough .. plus, some interesting flavor combinations
Whatever was I waiting for?
It was great! Really .. really good. In fact .. the fish sandwich will be making an appearance at our next food swap .. slider form .. as an appetizer. Perfect!
The original recipe says it's the sauce that makes the sandwich something special .. and I have to concur. What an interesting flavor combo .. mint, parsley, capers, mayo, labna (or Greek yogurt).
(Plus .. it would be a great condiment to have in the fridge for a variety of other things that need just a bit of something spread on top)
I even learned something along the way .. Soaking an onion in cold water before putting it to use? What? The author mentions .. if your onion is soaked in ice water for 20 minutes or so .. it will keep it's crunch, but not the bite.
Now we do
I will say though .. a tip to the wise .. unless you're more skilled than I in taking the skin off of a fish .. buy fillets without. This de-skinning business .. I've determined is an art .. not to be entered into by an amateur.
(ps: If you're looking for other sandwich inspirations .. Cooking Light has a lot of great ideas. It's going to be a lot of fun to try out some others)
~ Adapted from Cookie Light .. here
Breaded Fish Sandwich with Mint Caper Tartar Sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt ** I used Labna
- 1 tablespoon capers chopped
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
- 3/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper divided
- 1 medium Vidalia onion thinly sliced
- 3 cups ice water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 6-ounce square-cut mahi mahi fillets
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 large egg whites lightly beaten
- 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs ** The recipe calls for Panko .. but I love mine homemade with Italian seasoning
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 Light Brioche buns halved and toasted
- Preheat oven to 350
- Combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl; stir in 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Set tartar sauce aside
- Combine onion and ice water; soak 20 minutes. Drain on paper towels
- Sprinkle remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt evenly over fish. Place flour in a shallow dish; egg whites in another, and the bread crumbs in yet another. Dredge both sides of fish in flour; dip in egg white, and dredge this time in bread crumbs.
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, add oil; swirl to coat. Add fish; cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned.
- Place fish on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 6 minutes or until it flakes easily when tested with a fork.
- Spread tartar sauce, top each a fish fillet, onions, and tomatoes