Eagle Rock Public House's fried cod sandwich

Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yields Makes 6 sandwiches
Eagle Rock Public House’s fried cod sandwich

Basic sweet pickled jalapeño


In a heavy saucepan, combine the vinegar, water, salt and sugar over high heat until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Place the jalapeños in a large jar or medium glass bowl and pour over the liquid. Weight the jalapeños down so they stay submerged, and set aside until cool. Cover and refrigerate the submerged jalapeños for at least 12 hours to pickle. The jalapeños will keep for up to 2 weeks, covered and refrigerated.

Pickled jalapeño slaw


In a large bowl, mix together the julienned cabbage and red onion, along with the strained pickled jalapeños.


In a small bowl, whisk together the pickling juice with the vinegar and olive oil to make a vinaigrette. Pour the vinaigrette over the slaw and season with a few pinches of salt to taste. Mix the slaw well and set aside for at least 10 minutes before using. This makes 6 to 8 cups slaw, possibly more than is needed for the rest of the recipe; the slaw will keep, covered and refrigerated, up to 3 days.

Malt vinegar aioli


In the bowl of a food processor, combine the egg, yolk, mustard, lemon juice, garlic and kosher salt, blending until homogenous. With the processor running, slowly stream in the oil. As the oil is added, the mayonnaise will begin to emulsify and stiffen. Enough oil has added when the mayonnaise is thick and will form peaks. Stir in the malt vinegar by hand to form the aioli. This makes a generous cup aioli, which will keep, covered and refrigerated, up to 1 week.

Fried cod sandwich


Fill a 4-quart pot with frying oil to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. Heat the oil to maintain a temperature of 350 degrees.


Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups flour with the baking powder and kosher salt. Whisk in the beer unti the batter is smooth, then whisk in the Tabasco. Set aside.


Dredge the cod pieces in the remaining flour, then remove the cod and dip each piece into the batter. Carefully lower each piece into the oil and fry until golden and crispy, about 4 minutes (frying time will vary depending on the thickness of the pieces). Drain on a rack.


Assemble the sandwiches: Spread 1 to 2 tablespoons aioli on each half of the toasted rolls. Top the bottom half of each roll with a piece of fried fish, and top the fish with about 1 cup of loosely packed slaw. Top each sandwich with the remaining roll and serve immediately.

Adapted from a recipe by chef Jerry Su of Eagle Rock Public House.

Noelle Carter is the former Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director. She left in January 2019.
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