4 servings

Oven-frying grouper fillets in a cornmeal batter gives the fish its crispy exterior. For a little extra crunch, try adding slaw on the sandwich.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 450°.

Step 2

To prepare grouper, combine cornmeal, salt, and red pepper in a shallow dish, stirring well with a fork. Place milk in a shallow bowl.

Step 3

Dip each fillet in milk; dredge in cornmeal mixture. Place fish on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until fish is done, turning once.

Step 4

To prepare tartar sauce, combine mayonnaise and next 5 ingredients (mayonnaise through Worcestershire), stirring with a whisk.

Step 5

Spread about 2 tablespoons tartar sauce over cut sides of each bun; place one fish fillet on bottom half of each bun. Top fillets with the remaining bun halves.

Ratings & Reviews

Just ok

February 25, 2016
I used tilapia.  We did like the tartar sauce but I think CL has some better fish sandwich recipes, like Cornmeal-Dusted Catfish Sandwiches with Tangy Slaw (July 2015).  I'll stick with those.

swimmerfan's Review

August 26, 2013
Tarter sauce is awesome! Fish batter is good but maybe a tiny bit bland. Easy recipe. Husband loved it.

Bobbywildfur's Review

January 06, 2013

AliyahH's Review

April 16, 2012

taylesworth's Review

August 23, 2010
Tasty and easy to make weekday recipe. I also like that it's easily modified for your own tastes, as evidenced by the number of reviewers who did exactly that. I made it with catfish, doubled the amount of cayenne, used garlic pepper instead of salt, left out the sweet relish, and served the fillets with rice and a salad instead of putting them in buns. I'll definitely make it again.

mrsblackson's Review

December 20, 2009
Crisp coating was a nice substitute for fried fish. I used tilapia instead, doubled the cayenne and the amount of salt (I used seasoned salt). I also liked the tartar sauce, used olives instead of capers and left out the relish. I also used Liquid Amino Acids instead of the Worcestershire. I had to increase the cooking time by 10 minutes to get the coating right and sprayed the top of the fish with cooking spray to get more browning. My kids even liked it! I'll make this again.

carolinablonde's Review

December 13, 2009
I always have a hard time with this rating system. These sandwiches aren't "worthy of a special occasion" but are good, and are worth 4 stars out of 5. :) We used cod instead of grouper, and a crema from a fish taco recipe that we also have on the sandwiches. Very good. Has a little kick to it, but just enough.

pana47's Review

October 23, 2009
Good quality fresh fish is best prepared simply, IMHO. This method lets the flavor of the grouper stand out and not the coating. I usually blend hushpuppy mix (the kind with onion) with yellow corn meal which provides an additional layer of taste but still results in a crispy crust that doesn't smother the fish.

MiddleGround80's Review

June 17, 2009
I enjoyed it very much. Quick and easy. Great for a busy schedule. I used Miracel whip for the sauce and it was great!