Deep Fried Tilapia & Chips

Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 08:05 AM

4 small russet potatoes, washed

3 cups canola plus 2 teaspoons canola oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Nonstick cooking spray

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus 1/2 cup for dredging

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 cups seltzer water

4 tilapia fillets, each fillet sliced in 1/2

For Tartar Sauce:

1 cup mayonnaise

2 teaspoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons dill pickle relish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place a baking sheet in the oven to preheat.

Using a knife, slice the potatoes into thin discs about 1/4-inch thick. Place the potatoes in a large bowl with 2 teaspoons canola oil, salt and pepper, to taste, and toss to coat. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Transfer the potatoes to the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, flip each chip and bake for another 10 minutes.

In a medium stove top deep fryer pot heat 3 cups of canola oil to 360 degrees F.

In a large bowl combine remaining dry ingredients except 1/2 cup flour and season with salt and pepper. Whisk inĀ  seltzer water.

Place the remaining 1/2 cup flour on a plate and season with salt and pepper. Dredge the tilapia in the flour, shake off excess, then dip into batter. Carefully place the battered fish into the hot oil. Working in batches so not to crowd the pot, fry for 6 minutes until golden brown. Remove to an oven-proof plate lined with papers towels or a brown paper bag. Repeat with remaining fillets. While frying remaining tilapia keep the cooked fillets warm in a preheated 250 degree F oven.

Serve immediately with chips and tartar sauce on the side.

Cole slaw makes a nice side dish to this meal.

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