Hello cooks! Welcome to another culinary adventure!
I am the one who orders everyone to go to the kitchen, cook their own meals, and get away from ultra-processed foods. So it may be foolish to talk about fast food. But the truth is, McDonald’s took McFish off their menu a year ago (there are even online petitions asking for a return), and here’s a sandwich that I really liked. Yes, crucify me. I also eat bad food (with all due respect) every now and then.
The snack, called Filet-o-Fish on the net in the United States, was apparently created to appeal to Catholics on a red meat fast and ended up becoming iconic around the world. I think it is very fair. The fish sandwich has a crispy breaded fillet, cheese and tartar sauce, a side dish known to pair very well with seafood and the surrounding area.
Although São Paulo is full of snack bars with good versions of the fish sandwich, I decided to reproduce the treat myself (after all, I’m the person who sends everyone to the kitchen, etc.), to try to get the same flavor as me. filled with joy in childhood (yes, I was a child who loved fish, much more than red meat). The result was surprisingly good.
Breaded in panko flour, which can be found in supermarkets or stores selling oriental products, the fish was particularly crisp. The panko is not essential for this recipe – and the price in general is not very attractive – but I recommend using it if the crisp is essential for you. Otherwise, replace it with breadcrumbs. For a lighter version, pass the fish only in wheat flour and brown it on both sides in a little olive oil.
Tartar sauce, a recipe made from mayonnaise and whose origin is first documented at the beginning of the 19th century, is the ideal complement. The recipes vary wildly in ingredients, always being versions that revolve around mayonnaise seasoned with cucumber pickles.
Capers, Dijon mustard, dill are rotating ingredients. I made mine using grated carrots, chives and eggs, in addition to pickled cucumbers. The sauce appears to have been made to be eaten with fish. In fact, for a snack tour, fish baits like this are phenomenal, dispensing with bread (as soft as you find it), cheese (the melted type makes it look like a forbidden fast food) and lettuce. (because good!).
So, are we going to the kitchen? Next!
Yield: 4 units
4 fish fillets
From wheat flour to bread
From panko flour to bread
1 cup of tea (mayonnaise)
4 small pickled cucumbers
2 tablespoons of chives
Salt and black pepper to taste
Juliana Ventura, 36, is a journalist who graduated from PUC-SP (Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo), graduated in gastronomy from Universidade Anhembi Morumbi and a children’s cooking teacher.