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Modern Fish Sandwich

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  • Forget frozen patties. Fresh fillets bring fish sandwiches into modern times.

    Forget frozen patties. Fresh fillets bring fish sandwiches into modern times.
    Courtesy of Alicia Ross


2 (4-5 ounce) fresh fish fillets (such as halibut, snapper, grouper, etc.)

teaspoon salt

teaspoon black pepper

2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

4 teaspoons vegetable oil

2 Kaiser rolls or buns of choice

Lettuce leaves, optional, for serving

Special Seafood Sauce

cup reduced-fat mayonnaise

2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish (see note)

Juice of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon ketchup

1 teaspoon horseradish, or more to taste

For the sauce: Place the mayonnaise in a small mixing bowl. Drain and discard the juice from the pickle relish, and add the relish to the bowl. Squeeze the lemon juice (through a strainer to catch seeds) directly into the bowl. Add the ketchup and horseradish. Stir to mix well.

Serve at once or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Makes about cup. (Leftover sauce will keep, covered and refrigerated, for one week.)

For the sandwich: Lightly sprinkle the fish with salt and pepper. Put the flour and fish fillet into a gallon-sized, zipper-topped bag. Shake to coat the fillet with flour. Remove the fillet, and shake off any excess.

Heat the oil in a 6-inch or larger saute pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, place the fillets in the pan and cook on both sides, about 3 to 4 minutes each (depending on thickness of fish), until it flakes easily with a fork. Try to avoid turning more than once as fish tends to crumble with multiple turnings.

Toast your bread of choice, and spread 1 tablespoon of sauce on both the top and bottom of the buns. Add the lettuce, if desired, and top with the sauteed fillet. Serve immediately.

Serves two (it can be easily doubled or more).

Cook's note: Sweet pickle relish is sometimes called sweet salad cubes. If you can't find it, substitute Nutrition values per serving: 352 calories (20 percent from fat), 8 g fat (1 g saturated), 39 g carbohydrates, 1.5 g fiber, 30 g protein, 36 mg cholesterol, 906.5 mg sodium. Nutrition values per tablespoon of sauce: 22 calories (51 percent from fat), 1 g fat (0.5 g saturated), 3 g carbohydrates, trace amount fiber, trace amount protein, 0 cholesterol, 122 mg sodium.