Total TimePrep/Total Time: 25 min.
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 2/3 cup water
- 2/3 cup lemon juice, divided
- 2 pounds perch or walleye fillets, cut into serving-size pieces
- Oil for frying
- Lemon wedges, optional
- Combine 1 cup flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. In another bowl, combine egg, water and 1/3 cup lemon juice; stir into dry ingredients until smooth.
- Place remaining lemon juice and remaining flour in shallow bowls. Dip fillets in lemon juice, then flour, then coat with egg mixture.
- In a large skillet, heat 1 in. oil over medium-high heat. Fry fillets until golden brown and fish flakes easily with a fork, 2-3 minutes each side. Drain on paper towels. If desired, serve with lemon wedges.
Lemon-Batter Fish Tips
How do you get batter to stick to fish?Battered fish is made through a dipping process called dredging, which alternates between wet and dry ingredients. In this recipe, the fish is first dipped in lemon juice, then a flour mixture and finally coated in egg. These three steps provide layers for the batter to properly adhere to the fish, protect the fish from the hot oil and and seals in moisture.
Why is my fried fish not crispy?It is important that you pre-heat your cooking oil to the proper temperature before adding your fish. If the oil is not hot enough, the battered fish will sit in the oil too long and absorb excess oil, causing your fish to become soggy. For best results, slowly heat your oil until a deep-fry or candy thermometer reads 350°F to 375°F degrees and fry as directed. Check out our handy deep-frying tips and our deep-frying guide, too.
Which flour is best for batter?Because of its neutral flavor and ability to fry up golden brown, all-purpose flour can’t be beat for battered, fried fish recipes.
Apr 21, 2020
This is a great recipe. Thank you so much. I used hake and my family loved it. Also Loved the taste of the lemon in the cooked batter. I used a mixture of fresh lemon juice and bottled lemon juice.
Mar 12, 2020
Can i use Swai for this recipe?
Feb 28, 2020
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Nov 22, 2019
It was crispy, golden and deliciously excellent fish, however all my family was disappointed because we didn't taste the lemon.
May 27, 2019
I made an account just so I could leave a review for this and I gotta say, you will not be disappointed with this batter recipe. They say to use perch or walleye but I personally would use walleye for this recipe. It was some of the best fish I've ever had. Also, the recipe calls for just straight flour but I added salt and pepper to it to avoid possibly being a little bland. Ended up really flavorful! I'll definitely be making this again and 10/10 would recommend!
May 16, 2019
I like to add some season salt to the flour.
May 1, 2019
This reminds me of Fish Fry Fridays in Wisconsin, minus the beer in the batter! Better for the kids! Great recipe!
Apr 5, 2018
I made this with a twist this evening! I substituted water for Apple Beer and i did not use egg and I also dropped the lemon. It Was Great!
Jul 8, 2017
We've fixed this fish many times over this years and it always turns out perfect. The fresh lemon taste really comes through.
Feb 5, 2014
I think it was good but would have been better if had used beer instead of the lemon and water;)