Things 2 try   before we die
  Best food & drink by category
Best food & drink by region Special occasions National menus
Alphabetical index

Sponsored links


Special occasions



Fish fry

Highslide JS

A fish fry is a meal usually consisting of either battered or breaded fried fish, french fries, coleslaw, hushpuppies, lemon slices, tartar 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 week.


Back to What People Eat & Drink



World's best food

Sponsored links


World's best drinks