April 12, 2018

Nashville Hot Fish Fingers

A quick and easy recipe for fried fish fingers prepared the ‘Nashville Hot’ way, slathered in a spicy sauce then served with pickles and bread.


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Young's Seafood. The opinions and text are all mine.


Nashville Hot Fish Fingers | A quick and easy recipe for fried fish fingers prepared the ‘Nashville Hot’ way, slathered in a spicy sauce then served with pickles and bread.

I’ve been itching to make a ‘Nashville Hot’ recipe since I first learned it was even a thing. I even considered a weekend road trip to Nashville to check it out first-hand at the source, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken restaurant in Nashville, TN.

Nashville Hot Chicken is simply fried chicken that’s basted with a hot “sauce” then served with pickles and bread. I put quotes around “sauce” because, well, by definition, I don’t know that I’d call it that, but there’s really not a better word to use. The sauce (ok, I’ll lose the quotes) is sizzling hot
frying oil (like, that you literally just fried the chicken in) mixed with copious amounts of cayenne pepper and other spices.

Since this is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while, when I strolled by these gorgeous Cod Fillet Fingers at Sam’s Club this weekend, I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do with them… make Nashville Hot Fish Fingers!

Nashville Hot Fish Fingers | A quick and easy recipe for fried fish fingers prepared the ‘Nashville Hot’ way, slathered in a spicy sauce then served with pickles and bread.

I’d never tried Young’s Seafood before but I was excited to try it after I read the box. My family LOVES fish sticks. And I ain’t even shame! Fish sticks are a regular feature at my weeknight supper table. Trial and error has taught me to look for the word “fillet” when buying frozen fried fish because that means I’m not getting formed minced fish logs, but actual cuts of whole fish fillets which are a bazillion times better.

When I read the box and saw my keyword, “fillet”, I was pumped but when I saw they were called fish fingers instead of fish sticks I stood right in the frozen section and fist-bumped the air (followed by the waggling exploding fingers which made Brutus and AB walk away from me in horror and hide behind the debbie cakes) 👊👊

Nashville Hot Fish Fingers | A quick and easy recipe for fried fish fingers prepared the ‘Nashville Hot’ way, slathered in a spicy sauce then served with pickles and bread.

OK, so, I knew what I wanted to make but I wasn’t sure how to make the sauce so I used Hattie B’s recipe as featured on Serious Eats (again, THE BEST website for recipe research). Since I didn’t have a clue what this was supposed to taste like, I made the sauce exactly as it was posted.

And then I ‘bout died when I tried it.

Lord, have mercy, that’s some HOT stuff! And I love spicy food! I thought 3 tablespoons sounded like an unholy amount of cayenne but, like I said, when I’m trying something for the first time, I don’t change the recipe (especially not when I get it from Serious Eats).

Well, Hattie B and Serious Eats will have to eat that on their own time because it was WAY too hot for me and mine. I redid the sauce per my own tastes and created something I thought was perfect (and edible!)

Nashville Hot Fish Fingers | A quick and easy recipe for fried fish fingers prepared the ‘Nashville Hot’ way, slathered in a spicy sauce then served with pickles and bread.

For reference, here’s the original recipe I followed:
  • 1/2 cup hot frying oil (I used butter)
  • 3 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
I was absolutely DE-LIGHT-ED with the Young's Cod Fillet Fish Fingers (still excited that’s even a thing) because they were small enough to pick up and eat with your fingers but they were HUGE in comparison to other fish sticks we’ve tried. The insides were actual slabs of delicious cod fillets and the tempura batter tasted amazing AND kept its crunch (even after I had to take 10 to whip up another batch of sauce).

Nashville Hot Fish Fingers | A quick and easy recipe for fried fish fingers prepared the ‘Nashville Hot’ way, slathered in a spicy sauce then served with pickles and bread.

I popped over to the Young's Seafood website and see they also make whole cod and haddock fillets (and they have a beer batter! *fist-bumps*). You can look online to see which other stores carry the line but I know Sam's Club and Wal-Mart have it. Since I made these fish fingers, I've already picked up some cod fillets at Wal-Mart (they're in the frozen food section) to make for supper one night soon.

OK, so here’s my version of Nashville Hot Fish Fingers! Serve with pickles and white bread. I actually had mine with a bowl of grits because, well, dang it, I’m country. Raise your hand if you're as countryfied as I am and you know an old timer or two who likes a little "fish grease" in their fish and grits 🙌

Nashville Hot Fish & Grits

I will absolutely be making these again! I’ll make them for supper again for sure, but I think I also see them making a debut the next time we have people over to watch a big game or maybe even on poker night!

Husband and AB ate theirs by making a little Po' Boy by wrapping a fish finger in a piece of white bread. Both confirmed they would love to have these again for supper SOON!

This recipe was featured at the Weekend Potluck!


Yield: 4-6 Servings

Nashville Hot Fish Fingers

Ingredients:

Nashville Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions:

Cook fish per package instructions. 

Nashville Hot Sauce:
Melt butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add cayenne pepper and remaining ingredients then simmer until ready to use. You want sauce to be bubbling hot when you baste the fish fingers with it.

When the fish fingers are done, baste the Nashville Hot Sauce over fingers with a basting brush.

Serve with pickles and white bread. 

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Nashville Hot Fish Fingers | A quick and easy recipe for fried fish fingers prepared the ‘Nashville Hot’ way, slathered in a spicy sauce then served with pickles and bread.



5 comments:

  1. That was really really good sauce. Our Sam's sadly does not have those cod fingers, so I made it with Tyson panko breaded chicken tenderloins. You have great recipes, love your sense of humor and personality too. I lurk here all the time, when I should be working but instead am thinking about what I am making for dinner! Since I am self employed I'm not cheating anybody on time. Thanks for your good work!

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  2. I just made these tonight, and LORDY MERCY!!! We're sitting here with our mouths burning and our heads sweating, which is JUST the way we like it. :-D I found the exact fish fangers at Walmart (just a smaller size), so I used those, and followed your recipe exactly. I served them with cole slaw (a nice cooling touch) and potato pancakes, using leftover mashed potatoes. Feeling pretty fat and happy right now. :-D

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    1. LOL that's how I like it too! Can you imagine it with the full 3 tablespoons?! It was crazy!

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  3. Did you fry the fish fingers or bake them? I can't wait to get to Sam's tomorrow to buy some!

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