March Recipes

Fried Cod Banh Mi

Fried Cod Bahn Mi sandwiches
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45 minutes
Total Time:
79 minutes


  • 1 ¼ cups seasoned rice vinegar
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 1 cup daikon white radish, shredded
  • 1 cup English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • ½ jalapeño pepper, sliced
  • ¾ cup Hy-Vee mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Gustare Vita capers, drained; plus additional for garnish
  • 1 tbsp Hy-Vee Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Hy-Vee vegetable oil, for frying
  • ⅔ cup Hy-Vee all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup Hy-Vee corn starch
  • 1 cup Hy-Vee club soda
  • 1 (1½-lb.) Hy-Vee Fish Market fresh skinless Alaskan cod fillet, quartered
  • 1 (12-oz.) pkg. Hy-Vee Bakery hoagie buns, (4 ct.) split and toasted
  • Fresh cilantro, trimmed; for serving
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Combine rice vinegar, water, sugar and 1 teaspoon salt in a small saucepan. Cook and stir until sugar dissolves; cool slightly. Combine daikon, cucumber, carrots, bell pepper, and jalapeño in a medium bowl. Add vinegar mixture. Cover; refrigerate 2 hours or up to 3 days.
For sauce, place mayonnaise, ¼ cup capers, Dijon mustard, and lemon juice in a food processor or blender. Cover; pulse or blend until capers are slightly chopped. Set aside.
Heat oil to 350° in a deep-fat fryer or large heavy saucepan suitable for deep-fat frying. Follow instructions for quantity of oil in deep-fat fryer. For heavy saucepan, use at least 2 inches of oil.
Whisk together flour and corn starch in a medium bowl. Whisk in club soda, ¼ cup at a time, until combined (batter will be thick).
Pat fish dry with paper towels. Dip fish into batter to coat. Fry, 2 pieces at a time, 10 to 12 minutes or until 145° and golden brown, turning halfway through. Drain on paper towels. Repeat frying remaining coated fish. Sprinkle fish with remaining 1 teaspoon salt.
To serve, drain vegetables. Spread bun bottoms with caper sauce; top with fish, vegetables, cilantro, and bun tops. Spoon remaining caper sauce into a serving bowl. Garnish with additional capers, if desired. Serve sauce with sandwiches.

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