A fish fry is a meal usually consisting of either battered or
breaded fried fish,
french fries, coleslaw,
hushpuppies, lemon slices,
sauce, malt vinegar and dessert.
Left: American style
fried fish and french fries with lemon, ketchup, cocktail sauce, and
tartar sauce as served in San Diego.
Some Indian versions are cooked by coating fish
with semolina and egg yolk. Usually served on Friday nights during Lent as a
restaurant special. Beer is a common
beverage of choice to accompany a fish fry. A fish fry will often include potato
pancakes (with accompanying side dishes of sour cream or applesauce) and sliced
caraway rye bread if served in a German restaurant or area.
Fish fries are very common in the Midwestern and Northeastern regions of the
United States. This is especially true for predominantly Roman Catholic
communities on Fridays during Lent, when regulations calling for abstaining from
most meat products are in effect. Going out for a Friday night fish fry
is a popular year round tradition in Wisconsin, where it is common among people
of any religious background. A typical Wisconsin fish fry consists of fried cod,
perch or walleye, french fries, coleslaw and bread.
Battered or breaded haddock and cod fish fry is one of the trademarks of Upstate
New York cuisine, especially Buffalo, as well as Rochester, Syracuse, New York
and Newport, New York. The majority of restaurants in these cities serve fish
fry on Friday, even outside of Lent, and it's often available throughout the