Skip the Drive-Thru With Kardea Brown’s 30-Minute Fish Fillet Sandwich

Ms. Brown's fish fillet sandwich
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
3 servings

Kardea Brown has had her fair share on online success with her drool-worthy food pics on Instagram, but none appealed to the masses quite like her fish fillet sandwich, and it’s easy to see why.

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Growing up, the Brown family didn’t eat a lot of fast food, so this homemade play on a drive-thru favourite was a real treat for Kardea. This crave-worthy recipe comes in handy for when those fast food cravings hit and you don’t want to leave the house – plus, we guarantee this sandwich will have you ditching the drive-thru.

Skin-on or off, dredge a thick piece of white fish in a seasoned panko batter and fry to golden perfection. A creamy homemade tartar sauce made with mayo, capers, dill relish and some fresh dill perfectly complements that salty and crunchy fish, slice of American cheese and a soft potato bun.

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Tartar Sauce

cup mayonnaise
3 ½
Tbsp dill pickle relish
1 ½
tsp capers
tsp dried dill
tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Pinch kosher salt
Pinch freshly ground black pepper
Pinch sugar
onion, diced

Fish Sandwich

Tbsp lemon juice, plus additional as desired
skinless boneless halibut fillets or steaks (6 oz)
cup milk
large eggs
tsp kosher salt, plus additional as desired
tsp freshly ground black pepper
cup all-purpose flour
1 ½
cups panko breadcrumbs
Tbsp seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay
Vegetable or canola oil, for frying
potato buns
Unsalted butter, for toasting the buns
slices American cheese



Special equipment: A deep-frying thermometer.

Step 1

For the tartar sauce: Mix together the mayonnaise, relish, capers, dill, lemon juice, salt, pepper, sugar and onion in a bowl and refrigerate.

Step 2

For the fish: Sprinkle the lemon juice over the fish fillets. Combine the milk, eggs, salt and pepper in a shallow bowl. Put the flour on a large plate. Combine the panko and seafood seasoning on another.

Step 3

Heat 2 inches oil to 350°F in a large Dutch oven.

Step 4

One at a time, dip the fish into the flour, then the egg and milk mixture, then the panko. Set on another plate or small baking sheet. Place the fish in the oil and fry, turning once, for about 4 minutes total (if you are using the shallow-frying method, cook both sides until golden brown, about 3 minutes). Transfer the fish with tongs to a plate lined with paper towels or a wire rack set in a baking sheet. (I like to hit my fish with a little salt and lemon juice while it’s hot.)

Step 5

Meanwhile, toast the buns by melting the butter in a pan and cooking them in it or by buttering the buns and broiling them until slightly golden.

Step 6

Top the bun bottoms with the cheese and the fish, then spread the bun tops with tartar sauce and top your sandwiches.

Kardea Brown Fish Fillet Sandwich on a cutting board

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