Man in the Kitchen: Salt and Pepper Fried Fish Recipe

Man in the Kitchen: Salt and Pepper Fried Fish Recipe

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Recipe mentioned in the article: “Man in the Kitchen: When You Cook for Your Kids, Who’s Feeding Who?”

Ken’s Salt and Pepper Fried Fish


1-2 lbs. any white boneless fish
¼ cup of corn starch
Sea salt and ground pepper
2-3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 thinly sliced jalapeno and chopped green onion optional


  • Chop the fish into 2 x 2 inch chunks
  • Spread corn starch on a wide plate
  • Mix a generous helping of salt and pepper into the starch
  • Roll each chunk of fish in the mixture, coating thoroughly
  • Heat oil to medium high in a wok or large stick-free pan
  • Set each piece of fish in the oil and fry until golden brown on a side
  • Turn carefully with tongs and brown the rest through and through
  • If the kids can stand the heat, sauté the jalapeno and green onion into the mix at the end
  • Sample one piece of the fish. It is done when the fish is crunch on the outside and flaky inside

Serve with white rice or stir-fried ramen noodles in soy sauce and call it Chinese food. Serve with macaroni and cheese and you’ve got fish sticks.

Ken Carlton is founder and editor-in-chief of Beyondish, a food review and storytelling website. He is the author or ghostwriter of eight books, including the award-winning memoir, THE HUNGER, the story behind Greenwich Village’s celebrity hotspot, The Waverly Inn. Ken wrote the "His Point of View" column for Cosmopolitan and appeared as a dating expert on OPRAH. He still muses about food, relationships and parenting at his website, Food for Marriage. A New Yorker and Parisian at heart, he has scripted conferences in Paris for CNN and Fortune magazine. Ken and his wife, a professor, split their time between Brooklyn, NY and Chicago. You can follow him on Instagram @foodformarriage



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