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Lighter Fried Fish Sandwich Recipe with Creamy Coleslaw

A more delicious and wholesome version of McDonald's Filet-O-Fish
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy coleslaw recipe, fish burger, homemade filet o fish, low calorie fried fish sandwich
Servings: 4 Sandwiches
Calories: 390kcal


  • 2 cups coleslaw mix or a mix of shredded green/red cabbage
  • 2 scallions finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 buttery white crackers recommended: Ritz or Club
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves 1 handful
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 pound cod filets cut into 4 equal sections
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • lemon wedges for serving


  • In a medium bowl, combine the coleslaw mix and scallions.
  • In a small bowl, whisk to combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Add the dressing to the coleslaw and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate the slaw until you’re ready to serve.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, combine the crackers, garlic, parsley, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the pepper. Pulse until smooth. Pour the crumbs into a wide, shallow bowl.
  • In another shallow bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Place the bowls of crumbs and eggs side by side to prepare for coating your fish.
  • Dip both sides of 1 cod filet first in the egg mixture, shaking the fish lightly over the bowl to allow for any excess to drip off, then put the filet into the bowl of crumbs, pressing to coat one side. Flip the filet over and press to coat the other side evenly with the crumbs. Transfer the coated filet to a plate and repeat the process with the remaining 3 filets.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 of the filets and cook, undisturbed, until the undersides are crisp and lightly golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the filets and cook for 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate and loosely tent the fish with foil to keep warm.
  • Reduce the heat slightly and add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the skillet. Add the remaining 2 filets and cook, undisturbed, until the undersides are crisp and lightly golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook for 3 minutes. Transfer to the plate with the other filets.
  • To serve, lay the sliced sandwich buns on a clean work surface. Put one cod filet on each of four bun halves, pile each filet with about 3 tablespoons of slaw, and top with the remaining bun halves.


Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 32.5g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 14.5g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4.8g