Fried Fish with Pickled Jalapeño Mayonnaise
A new twist on an old Southern favorite.
Why This Recipe Works
More often than not, fried fish fillets are disappointingly soggy and flavorless. Our ideal Fried Fish with Pickled Jalapeño Mayonnaise recipe makes crisp, greaseless, flavorful fried fillets and a punchy sauce to match—no jarred tartar sauce here. Breadcrumbs, not flour, fried up to the crispest coating, and egg whites alone made for a crisper coating than whole eggs. To minimize the amount of oil necessary for frying, we used a nonstick skillet. For the best flavor and color, we fried the fillets in a mixture of butter and olive oil. Our Pickled Jalapeño Mayonnaise recipe blended chopped, pickled jalapeños with scallions and lime juice for a new, faster twist on tartar sauce.