Jeremy Ford's Fried Fish Filet Sandwich

15 minsPrep Time
5 minsCook Time

20 minsTotal Time


  • ¼ cup mayonnaise 
  • 1 tablespoon dill pickle relish, drained
  • 1 tablespoon chopped capers
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon) 
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese-style breadcrumbs)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 (12 oz.) cod filet
  • Canola oil for frying
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 yellow American cheese slices 
  • 4 potato hamburger rolls 


  1. Stir together mayonnaise, relish, capers, lemon juice  & zest in a small bowl. Cover and chill until ready to use.

  2. Pulse panko in a small food processor until finely ground, about 15 pulses. Transfer to a shallow bowl. Whisk together eggs and 1 tablespoon water in a separate shallow bowl.

  3. Cut cod into 4 portions (about 3- x 3-inches and 1/2-inch thick). Dip each portion into egg mixture, let excess drip off, and then dredge in ground panko. Repeat with remaining portions.

  4. Heat 1-inch of oil in a medium skillet over medium-high until oil reaches 300°F. Fry fish until lightly browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels, and sprinkle with salt. To serve, place 1/2 of a cheese slice on bottom on each bun, and top with a piece of fish. Spread 1 tablespoon of tartar sauce on each piece of fish; cover with top bun.

Fish Filet Sandwich