Growing up, my family would go fishing almost every weekend during the summer. I was never really into it, but I do enjoy eating fish. I’ve had many different types of fish, but I think one of my favourites has always been catfish. This isn’t a fish that my family often caught, and I don’t remember anyone every cooking it. Catfish can be hard to find in the grocery stores. A closely related fish called Basa, can readily be found though. My go to recipe for cooking basa is by making this quick and easy fish sandwich.
This isn’t a complicated recipe, and it isn’t fancy. It is a quick meal, ready in fifteen minutes. If you cannot find basa, or do not like the taste, you can use any type of white fish for this recipe.
This recipe is one of the few occasions I prefer to use “American Cheese” slices, rather than “real” cheese. There is something about the flavour of the cheese slice and its creaminess that pairs well with the fish, and the seasoning.
An easy fish sandwich that’s ready in 15 minutes, and sure to please fish lovers.
When I make this easy fish sandwich, I prefer to toast the buns in a toaster using the bagel setting. This only toasts the one side of the bun. I like fish sandwiches to only have the inside of the bun toasted. If you don’t want a toasted bun, another good option is to microwave the buns for ten to fifteen seconds, which will soften the buns. This will make the bun similar to a fish sandwich at a fast food restaurant.
Easy fish sandwich
An easy fish sandwich that's ready in 15 minutes, and sure to please fish lovers.
Cooking the fish
Heat a non-stick or well seasoned cast iron frying pan on the stove over medium heat.
Cut the fish fillets in half, roughly into square shaped pieces.
Mix garlic powder, onion powder, and salt together. Sprinkle over both sides of the fillets, trying to season equally.
Add the butter to the pan and allow it to melt. Swirling pan to coast the cooking surface.
Once the butter begins to foam, add the fish fillets. If you do not have enough space on the pan, you may need to cook the fish in batches.
Once the fish begins to brown on the bottom, and the edges are beginning to look cooked, flip the fillets over.
Cook the second side of the fish. The fish is cooked once it begins to look flaky, and the bottom of the fish is browned as well. If you are using a thermometer, the temperature you are looking for is 145°F.
Once the fish is done, move to a piece of paper towel to absorb the extra butter if desired.
Toasting the bun
If you are toasting the buns, put them in the toaster, and use the bagel setting. Make sure to put the bun in so that only the inside of the bun is toasted.
Building the sandwich
Once the bun is toasted, move it to a plate. Put the bottom half of the bun down, and place a slice of the American Cheese on the warm bun.
Add one of the half fillets on top of the cheese
Add the tartar sauce on top of the fish. I usually use about a tablespoon of tartar sauce, but you can adjust to your own tastes.
Place the top half of the bun on top and serve.
Once you get the timing down making the sandwiches, you can toast the buns as you cook the fish. I usually start toasting the buns once I flip the fish over and start to cook the second side of the fillet.