Fishing Opener & Kids Cooking: Pan Fried Fish with Creamy Dill Sauce

Posted by the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny)

So, you all know that Minnesota is the land of 10,000 Lakes.  I’m pretty sure that isn’t an exact count, but I can tell you that a state with that many lakes likes its fishing.  I like fishing, especially in boats, but since we don’t have a boat, I do try and take the kids shore fishing each summer.  The kids and I haven’t been fishing for a couple of years, even though I like it–but the kids get plenty of fishing in with their Dad. He has a boat and a cabin, so they get some relaxing time in as well.

This fishing opener this year starts on May 11, 2013–yes, the day before Mother’s Day. Sophia also has the luck of being born on May 15, so many times her birthday falls on fishing opener.  She was actually in a boat at one week old…yeah, fishing opener 😀 This year, they aren’t going fishing on the opener, but maybe for Mother’s day we’ll fry some fish together.

 Here’s an easy recipe that’s great for making with the kids.  You just measure and pour the ingredients into a large plastic bag, add your fish, shake, remove, and fry! Even toddlers can help shake the fish around in the bag.  The dill sauce is a perfect match for the fish and again, perfect for the kids to help whip up.  We hope you enjoy the recipes.

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Happy Fishing Opener!

Pan Fried Fish with Creamy Dill Sauce

Pan Fried Fish with Creamy Dill Sauce


    Fish Coating Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup corn meal
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • Canola Oil
  • Fish - We used Tilapia, but you could use any white fish
  • Creamy Dill Sauce Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/8 cup half and half
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt


    Fish Coating Instructions
  • Take a frying pan with canola oil, about 1/4 of an inch deep. Heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  • In a gallon size plastic bag, have the kids measure all of the dry ingredients into the bag.
  • Toss in the fish...this recipe is good for about 6 to 8 fillets, so you can double it if you have more.
  • Seal the bag and have the minis shake the fish-filled bags until each fillet is well coated.
  • Place your fish into the frying pan (once the oil is hot). Fry the fish for a total of about 9 to 16 minutes, flipping the fish every 3 minutes.
  • Remove your fish from the oil and place on a paper towel to soak up the extra oil.
  • Serve! (with Creamy Dill Sauce of course!)
  • Creamy Dill Sauce Instructions
  • First chop all of your dill and chives. Older kids can take on this step, too.
  • Mix all of the ingredients together into a bowl. Kids of all ages can help with this.
  • Stir all ingredients together and you're ready to serve.

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