Back when I was a kid, I was the pickiest eater in all the land, I used to hate pickles. They were sour, they were green, they were crunchy and they just were no good very bad things, in my books. All that changed in an quick instant though, when my brother let me in on a little secret: pickles were what made tartar sauce delicious. See, filet o’fish were and still are Kevin’s favourite sandwich from McDonalds. And of course, being the bratty little sister that I was, whatever Kevin had, I had to have too.
I ended up eating a lot of filet o’fish. At first, I insisted on them plain, no sauce in sight. Mayo weirded me out and tartar sauce looked close enough to make me squeamish. But one day, I mistakenly got Kevin’s sandwich and it was DELICIOUS. Suddenly my tastebuds just got it. Kevin tried to ruin it for me by telling me that there were pickles in the sauce, but that just made me want to try pickles. Now that I think about it, I don’t even know if he knew that tartar sauce has pickles. I think he just chose pickles because he knew I hated them.
Long story short, pickles are now one of my favourite things – especially in tartar sauce. So when Farmer’s Garden asked me to come up with a burger recipe featuring pickles, I just had to do a filet o’fish with homemade tartar sauce. Tartar sauce is what makes a good fish sandwich and when you mix crunchy, zesty pickle bits, a little brine, mayo and mustard, you’ve got a winner on your hands.
I kept my fish sandwich simple (just like a real filet o’fish) but I couldn’t resist topping it off with some matchstick french fries. French fries are another favourite of Kevin’s and since it’s his birthday today, I thought I’d make him the ultimate fish sandwich. Happy Birthday Kev! Wish we were eating a bunch of these sandwiches together.
Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe
- 1/4 cup mayo
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 2 tablespoons chopped Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic Bread & Butter Chips
- 1 teaspoon Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic Bread & Butter Chips brine
- salt and pepper to taste
Stir together all of the Tartar sauce ingredients and set aside.
Filet o’ Fish and Fries Burger Recipe
makes 2 burgers
- 1-2 tilapia filets, trimmed into 2 squares
- salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup panko
- 2 slices American cheese
- 2 soft buns (I used potato rolls)
- 2 tablespoons Homemade Tartar Sauce
- 1 cup matchstick french fries
Season both sides of the filets with salt and pepper. Lightly dust with flour, then dip into the egg and then the panko, pressing to make sure the crumbs adhere.
Heat up a bit of oil over medium high heat. When hot and shimmery, add the fish and cook until golden brown, crisp and cooked through, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from the pan and top each fish patty with a slice of cheese. Spread tartar sauce on the top bun. Place the fish patty on the bottom bun and top with the fries. Place the bun on top to close and enjoy immediately.
This post was sponsored by: Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic, super cute homestyle canned pickles in a mason jar! I used Bread & Butter Chips, but they also have Zesty Garlic Chips, Kosher Dill Spears, Kosher Dill Halves and Dill Chips. Check out other pickle recipes here.