Pan-Fried Cod Nuggets

A delectable fried fish snack that's quick to make. Adult and kid-approved!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Marinating: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup hot sauce
  • 4 6 oz cod fillets cut into nuggets
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup hot chips crushed (Flamin' Hot Cheetos)
  • 1/2 Tbsp Mrs. Dash
  • 1/2 Tbsp Old Bay
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • Canola oil for frying
  • sea salt to taste
  • cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Whisk the first 3 ingredients (egg, hot sauce, and milk) in a medium bowl or Ziploc bag; add the cod and set aside in the fridge to soak for 30 minutes. 
  • Mix the next 6 ingredients (flour, crushed chips, Mrs. Dash, Old Bay, lemon pepper, and turmeric) on a plate.
  • Heat 1 inch of oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. To test whether or not the oil is ready to fry, take a pinch of your dry dredge and drop it into the oil. If it begins to react by bubbling and gradually frying to pop, then you're ready! If it just lands on top of the oil, floating around, then you need to try again in a few minutes.
  • When the oil is hot enough, remove the fish from the milk mixture and dredge in the flour mixture, turning to coat. Place in the hot oil, frying until golden, about 3 to 5 minutes per side. 
  • Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate or baking rack (for crispier fish) to drain; season with salt and pepper.

Notes

Serve with hash browns (pictured) or cole slaw ~ just to name a few side dish ideas.
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