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  • Writer's pictureNikki Glekas


This recipe for fried cod is absolutely delicious. It’s a great method for making fried fish that is light, tasty, and versatile. On Palm Sunday I serve this with potato dip, but I also make this other times of year. I often use it to make fish tacos in the summer, and it is great served with homemade french fries (link), for a true fish-n-chips meal.

Since this recipe is so simple it’s important that the fish is very high quality. I usually get mine at the fish market, or a good fish counter at the grocery store. Try to find the freshest fish possible! Then I use a good quality beer and make a rich batter that is crispy and tasty when cooked.

Since making these does not take long it is ideal to have the rest of your meal prepared before you start frying. You’ll want to eat the fish while it is still warm, that is when it tastes the best.

For Palm Sunday I usually spread my potato dip on the bottom and place the fish on top. In the summer I’ll make this and serve it on a platter alongside tortillas and toppings for tacos, or a fresh green salad (link) for a lighter meal. Once you get in the habit of making this delicious fish, you’ll be making it often. It’s a delicious way to prepare cod and everyone loves it!

Have fun learning how to make yogurt at home. I guarantee that once you master this, you’ll never go back to buying it at the grocery store again!


Is there anything better than a piece of fresh fried fish? I make this recipe a lot and serve it with salad, as tacos, or for a traditional Palm Sunday meal of garlic potatoes and fried cod. This method of frying fish is very straightforward. Once you master it, you’ll find yourself making it all the time!

Makes 6 servings

  • 2 cups of vegetable oil for frying, plus more as needed

  • 6 (6 oz) pieces of fresh Cod cut in half (horizontally)

  • 1 tsp salt

  • ½ pepper

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour for dipping

  • For the batter:

  • ¾ Cups all-purpose flour

  • ¾ Cup Corn Starch

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 1/4 cup dark beer

  • Pour the vegetable oil into a saute pan with high sides and bring the heat to medium high. Allow the oil to warm while you prepare the cod. You’ll know it’s ready for frying when a pinch flour added to the oil makes it sizzle.

  • Place the cod on a baking sheet and sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Set aside.

  • Add the dipping flour to a shallow bowl.

  • Then, make the batter by stirring together the flour, corn starch, salt, baking powder and beer. Mix until combined.

  • Dip the cod in the flour so it’s coated on both sides. Then dip it into the batter so it’s completely coated.

  • Carefully, add the fish to the oil and cook it for about 2-3 minutes per side, turning each piece gently with tongs to make sure the entire exterior is golden brown. You may need to cook the fish in batches depending on the size of your pan. Feel free to add more oil as needed as you cook.

  • Remove the cooked fish with tongs and place them it on a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Serve warm.

Nikki Glekas is the owner of Nikki Glekas Events, a full-service catering and events company located in Stamford, CT. She is currently operating with COVID-safe procedures and is happy to discuss your event and catering needs with you. To discuss further please contact or call 203.658.8659.

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