Fried Mahi Sandwiches Topped with Cheesy Curly Fries (Or: The Ultimate Filet-O-Fish)
Serves: 2 sandwiches
For the fried fish:
  • 2 large fillets of your favorite fish (haddock, cod, or mahi-mahi all work wonderfully)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons yellow cornmeal
  • 2 heaping tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 heaping tablespoons masa harina (corn flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Peanut oil, for frying
For the cheese sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup shredded colby jack cheese
For the tartar sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
To assemble:
  • 2 hamburger buns or sandwich rolls, split
  • 2 leaves Boston bibb lettuce
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 2 cups frozen curly fries, cooked according to package directions
For the fried fish:
  1. Combine cornmeal, flour, masa harina, salt, black pepper, cayenne, and garlic powder on a shallow plate, mixing well to combine. Dredge fish in cornmeal mixture, shaking off excess.
  2. Pour two inches of oil into a large, deep cast-iron or heavy-duty skillet; heat to 360.
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  4. Fry fish, in batches, 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and set aside, or keep warm in a 225 oven.
For the cheese sauce:
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  2. In a small skillet or saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Mix in flours, and whisk until combined and smooth. Slowly pour in milk, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and no lumps remain. Remove from heat, add cheese, and stir well to combine and until all cheese is melted.
For the tartar sauce:
  1. Combine mayonnaise, pickle relish, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Stir well.
To assemble:
  1. Layer each bottom section of bun with a dab of tartar sauce, a slice of lettuce, then two slices of tomato. Top with fish filet, then a handful of the cooked curly fries. Drizzle with as much cheese sauce as you'd like. You should have plenty. Top with the other half of the bun, and serve. Make as big a mess as you can.
Recipe by MealHack at