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Chicken Fried Fish Nuggets

Delicious crispy chicken fried fish nuggets that make a terrific dinner that kids will love or as deliciously unexpected finger food at parties.

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Chicken Fried Fish Nuggets

I had some leftover cod scraps from making that delicious Stuffed Cod a la Empire so I decided to throw them into a quick recipe for lunch today.

Since I had some leftover flour and spice from making chicken fried steak the other night, I decided to make use of this as well to make these delicious light and crispy cod nuggets.

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Fresh Cod Fillets for the Chicken Fried Fish Nuggets

I also had a couple of egg yolks leftover from making an egg white omelet, so I also had the beginnings of a small batch of Lime Chive Mayo as a tartar sauce alternative.

Chicken Fried Fish Nuggets on a white plate with chive flowers

Chicken Fried Fish Nuggets

All these leftover bits and pieces ended up being quite a delicious and satisfying lunch, so much so that our next fish and chips night might just include Chicken Fried Cod.

Being in Newfoundland, cod is the fish of choice around here of course, but this would work with practically any white fish from haddock to catfish.

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Yield: 6 or more servings

Chicken Fried Fish Nuggets

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes

Delicious crispy chicken fried fish nuggets that make a terrific dinner that kids will love.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds cod fillets
  • vegetable oil for deep frying

For the flour dredge

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 tbsp dry ground thyme
  • 1 tbsp dry ground oregano

For the egg wash

  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp milk

For the Lime Chive Mayo

  • 2 large or extra large egg yolks
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • A pinch cayenne pepper
  • Zest of 1 lime finely chopped
  • 1 cup light olive oil
  • Juice of one large lime
  • 2 tbsp chives, chopped

Instructions

  1. Cut the cod fillets into 2 inch square-ish pieces. Lightly season the fish pieces with kosher salt.
  2. Whisk the eggs and milk together to make an egg wash.

For the flour dredge

  1. Mix together the flour, nutmeg, salt, pepper, thyme and oregano.
  2. Dip the cod pieces into the flour dredge and press the mixture firmly on all sides of the fish. Shake off the excess flour and dip the pieces into the egg wash.
  3. Return the egg washed pieces of fish back to the flour dredge mixture and toss well to coat them on all sides.
  4. Preheat deep fryer to 350 degrees F and drop in the cod nuggets.
  5. Fry for about 4-6 minutes until a medium golden brown.
  6. Drain on a wire rack placed on a cookie sheet. Hold in a 175 degree oven if making more than one batch. Serve with Lime Chive Mayo.

To make the Lime Chive Mayo

  1. In a blender on medium high speed combine the egg yolks, salt sugar, cayenne pepper and lime zest until thick and pale in color.
  2. Add the olive oil alternately with lime juice in three parts, adding the oil very slowly in a thin stream. This will produce a thick mayonnaise. Fold in the chopped chives and serve.

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Jean Kuebler

Friday 10th of April 2020

Saving this for when the markets here have fresh fish again. Your plating is gorgeous!!

Lindy

Thursday 14th of March 2019

Your plate is very beautiful, I really appreciate your artistry. In addition, it looks delicious...I am making it tonight. Unfortunately, I don't have the pretty little pink flowers to add to the plate. Thank you for the recipe.

Dundee

Tuesday 11th of September 2018

Thank you for sharing your recipe .it came out delicious . I never use the seasoning but it was great. No strong taste just perfect. This a keeper!!!

Peggy

Friday 30th of March 2018

I love all your recipes thank you so much!

joann

Thursday 20th of August 2015

Just made these for my non-fish-loving kids and they were devoured!

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