Captain D’s Batter Dipped Fish Recipe

Recreate the delicious and crispy fish fillets from Captain D’s with this easy-to-follow recipe. Enjoy the taste of restaurant-quality fish in the comfort of your own home.


  • 4-6 white fish fillets (such as cod or pollock)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for a bit of heat)
  • 1 cup milk (or buttermilk for extra richness)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup water (adjust as needed for consistency)
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Prepare the Batter:
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. Mix well to ensure all dry ingredients are evenly distributed.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk (or buttermilk) and the egg until well blended.
  • Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring continuously until you achieve a smooth batter. Add water as needed to reach the desired consistency – it should be thick enough to coat the fish but not too thick.
  1. Heat the Oil:
  • Pour vegetable oil into a deep fryer or a large, deep skillet. The oil should be deep enough to completely submerge the fish fillets. Heat the oil to 350°F (175°C).
  1. Coat the Fish:
  • Pat the fish fillets dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture. This will help the batter adhere better.
  • Dip each fish fillet into the batter, ensuring it is fully coated. Allow any excess batter to drip off.
  1. Fry the Fish:
  • Carefully place the battered fish fillets into the hot oil. Fry in batches to avoid overcrowding the fryer or skillet.
  • Fry the fish for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until the fillets are golden brown and crispy. The fish should float to the top when done.
  • Use a slotted spoon or tongs to remove the fish from the oil. Place the fried fish on a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  1. Serve:
  • Serve the crispy, batter-dipped fish fillets hot with your favorite dipping sauces and sides, such as tartar sauce, lemon wedges, fries, or coleslaw.

Enjoy your homemade Captain D’s batter dipped fish!

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