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Fish Dogs with Crispy Green Bean Fries

While in California, my family, Kamil, and I all ate lunch at this little shack in Seaport Village called San Diego Pier Cafe. Kamil ordered something called a “fish dog” off the menu which he claims was one of the best things he’s ever eaten (it’s essentially just some fried fish on a hot dog bun). So when I asked him what he wanted for dinner, he said that and I did my best to whip up an East-Coast version of a fish dog. I returned back to my Homemade Hot Dog Buns recipe instead of buying store-bought buns. And as a side dish, he wanted fried green beans which he always gets when we go out to eat at T.G.I.F.

Fried Cod

Adapted from BlogChef.Net

  • 1lb fresh cod fillets
  • 1 ½ cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Oil (for frying)
  1. Heat oil in a deep fryer to 350° F. In a shallow dish combine bread crumbs and garlic salt
  2. In another bowl mix egg, buttermilk, and salt and pepper to taste
  3. First coat each fish fillet in the egg mixture, and then put the fillet into the panko mixture and coat well pressing down so the bread crumbs stick. Repeat until all the fillets are coated
  4. Deep fry in batches at 350 degrees for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Drain on paper towels

Buttermilk Sauce

Emeril Lagasse

  • 1/2 cucumber peeled, seeds removed and coarsely grated
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, plus 1/4 teaspoon
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup mayonaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill

  1. Place the cucumbers in a small bowl and sprinkle with 3/4 teaspoon of the salt. Stir to combine, then set aside while you assemble the remaining ingredients
  2. In a small bowl combine the buttermilk, mayonnaise, garlic, dill, and salt and stir to combine well. Drain the cucumber in a small colander, using your hands, squeeze to remove as much excess water as possible. Add the cucumber to the buttermilk mixture and stir to thoroughly combine. Serve immediately or refrigerate, covered, for up to 1 day in advance

Crispy Green Bean Fries

Adapted from Paula Dean

  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/8 cup black pepper
  • 1/8 cup garlic powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Oil, for frying
  1. Combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, and flour. Dip green beans in buttermilk and roll into flour mixture. In a deep frying pan, fry in hot oil until golden brown. Drain on paper towels

Frying the green beans!

The fried cod

Golden baked buns 🙂

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