CopyCat Captain D’s Crunchy Battered Fish

I’m in love with Captain’ D’s battered fish. OMGeee, you guys! It’s one of my biggest guilty pleasures, a huge pile of fried fish from Captain D’s! Ugh, it is just so glorious! Crispy battered flaky white fish that is moist inside, I don’t know if it can get much better than this! Now, with today’s CopyCat recipe you can make one of my biggest guilty pleasures right in your own kitchen! Come on…. you know you love this too!

CopyCat Captain D’s Crunchy Battered Fish

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CopyCat Captain D's Crunchy Battered Fish, Crispy battered flaky white fish that is moist inside, make this guilty pleasure in your own kitchen!

Ugh, and I’m one of those people where I have to have each bite perfectly put together. Squeeze of lemon, dip in cocktail sauce and I’m in crunchy heaven! When we went to our local fish market to pick up fish for this recipe, I originally wanted Cod fillets but they were all out… bummer! But, I used Basa and it worked out great as well! If you can find Cod I recommend picking it up!

CopyCat Captain D's Crunchy Battered Fish, Crispy battered flaky white fish that is moist inside, make this guilty pleasure in your own kitchen!

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CopyCat Captain D’s Crunchy Battered Fish

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Cod fillets or any white flaky fish, fresh is best!
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/4 + 2 Tbls Cup all purpose flour
  • 1 - 1 1/2 Cup cold water
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable Oil for frying

Instructions

  • Cut fish in 1 1/2 inch strips. Place in a plastic bag and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and 1 tsp of the paprika. Close the bag and toss the fish until coated. Add in 2 Tbls of flour and toss again.
  • Make the batter by placing the flour, baking powder, baking soda, 1/2 tsp paprika, salt and pepper. Whisk in the water until it forms a batter similar to the consistency of pancake batter.
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan over medium heat. Place fish in the batter, mix to combine with hands until all pieces are coated and when the oil is hot, place piece by piece into hot oil. Do not crowd the pan, you will have to do this in batches. Flipping half way through the cooking process about 8-10 minutes.
  • When the fish has an internal temperature of 165 degrees and is golden brown take out of the oil using a tongs and place on a wire rack over a pan. Sprinkle with salt immediately out of the oil so it will stick to the fish.
  • Keep cooking until all the fish is done. Serve with your favorite condiments like cocktail sauce or tartar sauce and lemon wedges. Enjoy!
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CopyCat Captain D's Crunchy Battered Fish, Crispy battered flaky white fish that is moist inside, make this guilty pleasure in your own kitchen!

Cut fish in 1 1/2 inch strips. Place in a plastic bag and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and 1 tsp of the paprika. Close the bag and toss the fish until coated. Add in 2 Tbls of flour and toss again.

CopyCat Captain D's Crunchy Battered Fish, Crispy battered flaky white fish that is moist inside, make this guilty pleasure in your own kitchen!

Make the batter by placing the flour, baking powder, baking soda, 1/2 tsp paprika, salt and pepper. Whisk in the water until it forms a batter similar to the consistency of pancake batter.

CopyCat Captain D's Crunchy Battered Fish, Crispy battered flaky white fish that is moist inside, make this guilty pleasure in your own kitchen!

Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan over medium heat. Place fish in the batter, mix to combine with hands until all pieces are coated and

CopyCat Captain D's Crunchy Battered Fish, Crispy battered flaky white fish that is moist inside, make this guilty pleasure in your own kitchen!

when the oil is hot, place piece by piece into hot oil. Do not crowd the pan, you will have to do this in batches. Flipping half way through the cooking process about 8-10 minutes.

CopyCat Captain D's Crunchy Battered Fish, Crispy battered flaky white fish that is moist inside, make this guilty pleasure in your own kitchen!

When the fish has an internal temperature of 165 degrees and is golden brown take out of the oil using a tongs and place on a wire rack over a pan. Sprinkle with salt immediately out of the oil so it will stick to the fish.

CopyCat Captain D's Crunchy Battered Fish, Crispy battered flaky white fish that is moist inside, make this guilty pleasure in your own kitchen!

Keep cooking until all the fish is done. Serve with your favorite condiments like cocktail sauce or tartar sauce and lemon wedges. Enjoy!

This recipe makes A LOT but I still recommend making the same amount of batter if you want to make less. I really hope you enjoyed this recipe! What is your biggest guilty pleasure when eating out??

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42 Comments at CopyCat Captain D’s Crunchy Battered Fish

  1. This recipe looks great! Could you please attempt to replicate Captain D’s Chicken Tenders?! They were a guilty pleasure of mine…especially, with their Sweet and Sour sauce. I would love to get that recipe as well.

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