Captain D's Batter-Dipped Fish

"This is a clone that should be pretty close to the fish you get at Captain D's. I listed two optional ingredients because I ran across a recipe very similar except with a little spice added. Captains D's fish is basically a variation of Fish n Chips, so this probably something you can tweak and perfect by watching videos of fish n chips being prepared. Note: I have spoken to some and they've suggested that maybe Captain D's uses Cod. I've tried Cod and the meat just did not taste like the Captain D's in my area, so experiment with Cod, Pollock, Haddock, etc and see what works for you. Also, make sure your fish is dry. You don't want to try to make this with wet and water-logged fish. Pat it dry with a paper towel. I've known some to then rest the fish in the fridge or counter top to allow to fish to dry out some. Not using fresh fish can give you even more trouble."
photo by Kyra L. photo by Kyra L.
photo by Kyra L.
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  • In a bowl mix the yeast and beer.
  • In another bowl beat together the egg, hot water and salt. (and peppers if used).
  • Add the egg mixture to the beer.
  • Slowly beat in the flour until batter is consistency of light pancake batter.
  • Roll or dust fish with flour (I've seen some pat the fish after applying flour, similar to the motion of making a burger patty).
  • Drop fish into batter and cover thoroughly.
  • Fry in hot oil.
  • Drain on baking rack or broiling pan.

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  1. Pat the fish dry before dipping in batter it will coat better....also 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda will make the coating crispy/crunchy.....
  2. I made this tonight with paddock fillets. It was terrible. Very bland. No flavor at all, even with the optional black and cayenne pepper. Will not make this again.
  3. Nothing like Captain D's- batter was NOT crisp and was very bland. My husband loves Captain D's fish, but he didn't like this.
  4. Please please please ADD MORE SALT. Or your own concoction of seasonings. Using this recipe will make your fish bland. A waste of money. Using more salt, pepper, and other spices, the fish was good.
    • Review photo by Kyra L.
  5. Captain D's uses deep water Alaskan Pollock.



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