French fried catfish, shrimp and sea scallops

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Sundancer7
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French fried catfish, shrimp and sea scallops - Sat, 11/15/03 11:41 AM
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I got real adventuresome last weekend and pulled out the Fry daddy and got my fresh fish, scallops and raw peeled shrimp from Walmart along with some Zatarins Louisian spiced fish fry and cooked all of the above.

I had it hot out of the cooker while I watched the Tennessee VOLS do in the Miami Hurricanes. I sure do like my fish, scallops (bay) and shrimp hot. Tasted good with my football cocktails.

I stopped by Captain D's and got 8 ounces of their tartar sauce. I think it is especially good and I do not know where to buy it that good. I wish I knew their redcipe.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

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RE: French fried catfish, shrimp and sea scallops - Sat, 11/15/03 11:58 AM
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Sundancer: There's quite a few pretty good tartar sauces on the market, but it's easy to make your own. which will probably be better than anything you can buy. There's a lot of recipes in my cokbooks, but we are always fooling around with them, so no two batches are exactly alike.

Tartar basically consists of Mayo, onion, parsley, lemon juice, and various pickles (we like a chopped up hard boiled egg in ours).
Try it you'lll like it.

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RE: French fried catfish, shrimp and sea scallops - Sat, 11/15/03 12:08 PM
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Seafarer, thanks for the advice. I particularly like the idea of adding chopped up eggs. I may leave out the lemon and might add a little hot sauce.

Have you ever tried Captain D's tartar sauce? Not what they give you in the little packages which I do not like but what they serve in bulk. I like that. I'll bet it would be better with chopped up eggs.

Thanks,

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

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RE: French fried catfish, shrimp and sea scallops - Sat, 11/15/03 12:25 PM
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Sundancer: Not familiar with Capt. D, but we do sometimes buy commercial tartar sauce, but doctor it up with pickles and eggs and fresh herbs -just as easy to make your own from scratch.

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RE: French fried catfish, shrimp and sea scallops - Sat, 11/15/03 10:41 PM
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A seafood fry-up hits me in the soft spot. We make a sauce based on mayo and add tomato paste, lemon juice, hot sauces, and cornichons. These mini pickles are hard to find but worth the effort. They are tiny and sour but not dilled. I have never seen a seafood fry go any further than the kitchen door.

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RE: French fried catfish, shrimp and sea scallops - Sun, 11/16/03 7:25 AM
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Originally posted by Sundancer7

Seafarer, thanks for the advice. I particularly like the idea of adding chopped up eggs. I may leave out the lemon and might add a little hot sauce.

Have you ever tried Captain D's tartar sauce? Not what they give you in the little packages which I do not like but what they serve in bulk. I like that. I'll bet it would be better with chopped up eggs.

Thanks,

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

Sundancer---dont leave out the lemon--do add the hot sauce--they work well together with the fish.

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RE: French fried catfish, shrimp and sea scallops - Thu, 12/4/03 4:51 PM
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Captn D's does have great tarter sauce....i wonder what the secret is ?

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RE: French fried catfish, shrimp and sea scallops - Thu, 12/4/03 6:26 PM
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I love Captain D's tartar sauce.

I bought some big scallops from Walmart's and I coated them with Cajun coating and deep fried them. Dadgone they were great.

Paul E. Smith
knoxville, TN

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RE: French fried catfish, shrimp and sea scallops - Thu, 12/4/03 7:05 PM
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Perhaps this is an egotistic affectation, but....When I make Tartar Sauce, I add capers and, in season (or if I'm willing to get it from a good greengrocer) finely chopped dill.

I love tartar sauce with just about all seafood.....

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RE: French fried catfish, shrimp and sea scallops - Fri, 12/5/03 9:53 AM
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Slightly off subject, but try tartar sauce on french fried mushrooms.

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RE: French fried catfish, shrimp and sea scallops - Fri, 12/5/03 10:36 AM
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I'm with you guys. Nothing beats good fried seafood. When I was a kid, I used to like a Tarter sauce with the light green/aqua label with the pic of the flounder on it. It was either Durkee or Sauer's Tartar Sauce. There is a taste I look for in tartar sauce, it is a picklely-melding of pickles,vinegar, and something else, maybe the capers in it. Kraft comes close, although it's too sweet for my taste.

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RE: French fried catfish, shrimp and sea scallops - Fri, 12/5/03 10:38 AM
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Originally posted by Sundancer7

I got real adventuresome last weekend and pulled out the Fry daddy and got my fresh fish, scallops and raw peeled shrimp from Walmart along with some Zatarins Louisian spiced fish fry and cooked all of the above.

I had it hot out of the cooker while I watched the Tennessee VOLS do in the Miami Hurricanes. I sure do like my fish, scallops (bay) and shrimp hot. Tasted good with my football cocktails.

I stopped by Captain D's and got 8 ounces of their tartar sauce. I think it is especially good and I do not know where to buy it that good. I wish I knew their redcipe.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN



Do you just walk into Captain D's and fil up your own container I like the vinegar with mine..

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RE: French fried catfish, shrimp and sea scallops - Fri, 12/5/03 11:26 AM
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I like to add to my homemade mayo: chopped dill pickles, onion, capers and chopped CHIPOTLES, the hot with a kick of smoke is delicious with fried seafood! Try it!

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RE: French fried catfish, shrimp and sea scallops - Fri, 12/5/03 12:44 PM
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Originally posted by Sundancer7

I got real adventuresome last weekend and pulled out the Fry daddy and got my fresh fish, scallops and raw peeled shrimp from Walmart along with some Zatarins Louisian spiced fish fry and cooked all of the above.

I had it hot out of the cooker while I watched the Tennessee VOLS do in the Miami Hurricanes. I sure do like my fish, scallops (bay) and shrimp hot. Tasted good with my football cocktails.

I stopped by Captain D's and got 8 ounces of their tartar sauce. I think it is especially good and I do not know where to buy it that good. I wish I knew their redcipe.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN



Do you just walk into Captain D's and fil up your own container I like the vinegar with mine..


I would never walk in a restaurant and take something. Captain D's in Knoxville will give you a container of the tartar sauce if you buy a side. I love their cole slaw so I buy it and request tartar sauce. Every one I have been to so far will do the same.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

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Re:French fried catfish, shrimp and sea scallops - Thu, 06/7/12 7:05 PM
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Hello,
My cousin was the manager of our Captain D's back in the late 90's. She told me the way they made their tartar sauce. Now this is not the same as today (they buy it in bulk now). It makes a lot of tartar sauce but you can try to cut it down to size for a family. They used 10# of yellow onions, peeled and put in the food processor and chopped. One gallon of whole dill pickles, drained, and again put in the food processor to chop. And one gallon of Kraft Mayo. She did specify to use Kraft mayo. Mix it all together and chill overnight. That was how Captain D's had them make it. I remember they would make 4 batches each night for the next day. She said the important part was for it to meld overnight. If they ran out and had to make it fresh, it was okay but just not as good. Hope this helps. You may have to experiment with the amounts to get it right but should be able to get it.

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Re:French fried catfish, shrimp and sea scallops - Thu, 06/7/12 9:37 PM
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Thanks, mouse59! Great recipe!!!

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Re:French fried catfish, shrimp and sea scallops - Tue, 07/10/12 9:24 PM
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Good Tartar Sauce is definitely hard to find.  If you don't have capers use stuffed green olives.  I received this tip from our fishing guide of Galveston Bay many years ago.  Her recipe was the best tartar sauce. Unfortunately I never wrote it down, thought my memory would last a little longer.

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Re:French fried catfish, shrimp and sea scallops - Wed, 07/11/12 11:20 AM
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We have a recipe from the old Joy of Coking for deep fried mushrooms (small buttons are best) that is delicious with tartar sauce. 
Let mushrooms marinate for  a few minutes sprinkled with lemon juice and salt. Make a beer batter for deep frying and let stand in the refrigerator for about 2 or 3 hours. Dip mushroms in batter, fry, serve immediately sprinkled with chopped parsley and a dish of tartar on the side for dipping.
Cheers, John