A crispy panko coated fish burger garnished with tartar sauce and coleslaw on a wooden board next to pickle, lemon wedge and beer.
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Crispy Fried Fish Burger Recipe {w/ tartar sauce & slaw}

This Crispy Fish Burger Recipe will be your go-to when you're craving something delicious!  Panko crusted cod fillets are fried until golden brown and crispy. The whole thing is generously topped with a homemade tartar sauce recipe and an easy coleslaw. You're gonna love this one!
Course Main Course, Sandwich
Cuisine American, Canadian
Keyword cod fillets, easy coleslaw, fish burger, fried fish, homemade tartar sauce recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 2 Burgers
Author Dawn - Girl Heart Food


Crispy Fish Burger Recipe

  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt -divided
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 egg -I used 'large'
  • 8 oz cod fillet (boneless/skinless), two 4 oz pieces
  • canola oil or vegetable oil -enough to come about about 2-3 inches up side of large, high sided, heavy duty pot.
  • 2 burger buns

Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

  • 1/2 cup mayo -your favourite brand
  • 1 small kosher dill pickle -minced, about 3 tbsp
  • 2 tbsp chives -minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice

Simple Coleslaw Recipe

  • 2 cups shredded cabbage -I used two 'heaping' cups
  • 1 carrot -julienned or shredded
  • 1 pencil chili pepper -thinly sliced or pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • 1 green onion -minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar -or regular white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sugar

Other Suggested Garnishes

  • lettuce -I enjoy iceberg for this burger
  • thinly sliced pickle
  • sliced tomato
  • hot sauce
  • sliced cheese


Crispy Fish Burger Recipe

  • Heat oil in a tall sided heavy pot or dutch oven to 360F (oil should come up about 2-3 inches). (Oil may drop in temperature when fish is place in there, but try to keep in around that temperature).
  • Sift flour out on one plate and spread out. On another plate add panko with 1/4 tsp of salt as well as pepper, onion powder, paprika, thyme cayenne, and garlic powder. In a bowl, whisk egg. Lay to one side.
  • Cut cod into two equal pieces and pat dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 tsp of salt.
  • Dredge each piece of cod in flour, coating all around, shaking off excess.
  • Then, dip in egg, shaking off excess
  • Finally, dredge cod in panko bread crumbs, coating all around, pressing to adhere.
  • Gently lower each piece of cod into preheated oil, away from you, and cook about 3 minutes on each side or until cooked through, is opaque, and cod flakes easily with a fork.
  • When cooked, carefully remove cod from oil (I used a spider strainer so the oil drained through) and sprinkle with additional salt, if desired. Optional - place cod on wire rack on baking sheet to drain any excess grease for a minute or two, if necessary (though, mine weren't greasy).
  • Place on buns (toast if you like) with tartar sauce and coleslaw (if using) or any of the other suggested garnishes. Enjoy!

Tartar Sauce

  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until well incorporated.

Simple Coleslaw Recipe

  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, stirring to combine. Let sit while preparing burgers.



  • Use an oil with a decent smoke point, like canola or peanut. 
  • Use a large high sided pot for cooking the fish.  I use a heavy duty cast iron pot.  Know what you're doing and always use caution when frying.
  • If doubling the recipe, don't overcrowd the pan!  I like to cook no more than 2 pieces of fish at a time. And if you are cooking in batches, preheat oven to 200F to keep fried fish on a rack (that's placed on a baking sheet) while you are completing batches.
  • Speaking of cooking, the cook time will vary depending on the thickness of the fish.  Just heat until it's completely cooked through, is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.
  • Things move quickly with these cod burgers.  I recommend having everything prepared (i.e laid out and ready to go) before starting any cooking...that means firstly preparing the tartar sauce and coleslaw.
  • Recipe for coleslaw yields enough for two burgers with some slaw on the side OR enough coleslaw for 4 burgers.
  • Always ensure you are familiar with the  manufacturer recommended operating instructions and know how to properly/safely use any kitchen appliance/device/tool you are using.
  • Recipe for tartar sauce yields plenty for burgers with enough extra for dipping fries, etc.
  • For more recipe tips, see body of post above.
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