Did you have a big fish fry and overestimate how many guests would show up? Maybe you went out to a restaurant that served portions that were bigger than expected, and now you are wondering what to do with leftover fish and chips?
Whatever the reason you have leftover fried fish, you are obviously here because you want to know what recipes are there. You are in the right place!
Sure, you could just reheat it and make some fries to accompany it, but where is the fun there?
I rounded up a list of 30 amazing leftover fried fish recipes to use your leftovers and create a whole new crazy-delicious meal. Stay tuned for tips on reheating and storing your leftover fried fish when you reach the end.
This fantastic recipe is proof that you can mix two awesome things and make something even better! You can whip up this recipe in around 15 minutes, and it is oh so delicious and kid-friendly.
I recommend reheating your leftover fried fish in a skillet so the fish gets crunchy. Once your fish is heated through, just top with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil. Then transfer it to the oven and broil until the cheese is melted.
You could also reheat your fish in the oven if you don’t have an oven-proof skillet.
You are substituting the wahoo with your leftover fried fish for this fantastic recipe.
This dish is also so easy to make since you already have your leftover fried fish and don’t have to cook it fresh and let it cool.
All you have to do is peel the breading off your leftover fried fish, flake it up, and mix it with the rest of the ingredients. You can pair it with a delicious bread of your choice to make a sandwich or serve it with crackers.
You may never make your boring tuna salad again!
Get crazy in the kitchen with this delicious Cajun poutine featuring delicious andouille sausage and crispy fries with spicy beer cheese.
You will need a deep fryer for this recipe, but you can find them reasonably cheap in most places if you don’t already have one. You do not have to have a deep fryer, but it gives the fries crispiness you can not get with any other method.
To start this dish, cut your sausage into small pieces, saute until browned on each side, and then set it aside.
Melt some butter in a saucepan, then whisk in your flour and cheese until you have a sauce. Now add some buffalo sauce and salt and pepper to taste.
Next, drop your french fries and leftover fried fish in the deep fryer for a few minutes until crispy. You can remove them from the fryer and place a plate with a napkin to absorb some excess oil.
All that is left is to assemble your fries, then top them with your chopped fried fish, andouille sausage, and beer cheese. You are going to want to do this again.
These delicious fish tacos with leftover fried fish start with a white corn tortilla filled with yummy fried fish and topped with a tasty citrus slaw with tangy lime and pineapple juice, then drizzled with a spicy Baja sauce.
To make this yummy recipe, start by reheating your leftover fried fish with one of the methods listed below, then whip up your fresh and crunchy citrus slaw and creamy Baja sauce.
Next, assemble your tacos with the fish, slaw, and Baja sauce. Avocados are optional but highly recommended. It’s that easy.
If you are looking for leftover fried fish recipes, look no further. This recipe features a tangy avocado salsa and a bit of jalapeno crema for a kick!
While reheating your leftover fried fish, you can prepare your avocado salsa and cabbage slaw according to the directions. Next, you can make your jalapeno crema by placing all ingredients in a food processor and blending until smooth.
Place your fish, cabbage slaw, and salsa on a warm corn tortilla and top with the jalapeno crema for a mouth-watering bite of perfection.
If you prefer bowls over bready tacos, this healthy fish taco grain bowl was made for you! It features filling ingredients like avocado and quinoa, with a delicious crunch of fresh radishes.
First, start with your grains. This recipe uses quinoa, but you can use barley, rice, millet, or couscous. Next, you top your grains with your leftover fried fish; you can keep your fish breaded or peel the breading off for this delicious recipe.
Finally, add all of the toppings to the bowl and top with a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Voila!
If you are looking for something easy to make from your leftover fried fish, check out this copycat Filet O’ Fish sandwich.
Start by reheating your leftover fried fish and preparing your tarter sauce. The tartar sauce is super easy! Just whisk mayonnaise, pickle relish, and lemon juice together in a bowl.
Just top your leftover fried fish with American cheese, and throw it on a bun slathered in your freshly made tartar sauce, and you won’t be able to set it down until it’s gone!
This recipe requires a bit more work than the copycat Filet O’ Fish, but it is totally worth it! Your leftover fried fish will match perfectly with these thick-sliced dill pickles and spicy slaw.
For the spicy slaw, you will want to mix the mayonnaise with all seasonings first to make sure all the flavors meld together. Next, add your cabbage and stir until it’s all mixed together.
A brioche bun would make an excellent addition to this sandwich, but you can use any bun. Just spread some slaw on the bottom bun and top with pickles, then add your reheated leftover fried fish, top with more slaw, and finish with your top bun.
English muffins set this fish sandwich apart from the rest.
Simply toss some cabbage in oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper for a mild slaw, and butter your English muffins.
Place your leftover fried fish on the buttered muffin bottom and squeeze with lemon juice or drizzle some tangy malt vinegar on top. Top with your oil and vinegar slaw, fresh pickles, and your muffin top for a twist on a classic fish sandwich.
Garlic, nutmeg, and thyme make the perfect spice combo to accompany your leftover fried fish in this casserole. It is paired beautifully with sweet caramelized onions, melty swiss cheese, and white wine. YUM!
To make this yummy casserole, start with tearing the breading off your leftover fried fish and arranging it in a 9 x 13 baking pan. Next, heat your oil in a pan on medium-high and sautee your onions until caramelized. Stir in your thyme and nutmeg, then pour the onion mixture over your fish.
At this point, add your white wine to the baking pan and top with breadcrumbs and swiss cheese. Bake at 400 F until the breadcrumbs are brown.
This creamy dish is the perfect way to use your leftover fried fish. It is similar to a delicious alfredo with butter and tangy parmesan mixed with tender spinach and farfalle noodles.
Sautee your spinach with a bit of oil in a pan and spoon it into a 6-inch gratin dish. Cook your noodles according to package directions, drain well, then toss with your leftover fried fish, and pour on top of the spinach. You can take the bread off the fish or leave it on; it is your preference.
Next, prepare your sauce and pour it over everything else. Bake at 400 F for 25-30 minutes. Don’t forget the garlic bread!
Fried catfish makes for an insanely delicious po’boy, and it is a yummy way to use your leftover fried fish! The remoulade sauce compliments the fried catfish perfectly with spicy jalapenos, chipotle mustard, and pickling liquid.
The remoulade may seem slightly different from your average remoulade, but it is packed with flavor. Simply add all the ingredients into a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth.
After making the remoulade, toast your rolls or buns with melted butter and smear some remoulade on them. Add your fish, juicy tomato slices, and shaved celery and scallions.
You will not be disappointed!
I love a tasty wrap and hot summer days. The fabulous, crisp ingredients are a great way to combat the heat.
In this deliciously easy recipe, you will use your leftover fried fish with a yummy slaw and wrap it all in a tortilla shell.
You can leave your leftover fried fish cold or reheat it. Just whip up your tangy slaw and add the ingredients to a warm flour tortilla. Roll it up and enjoy!
You can make some super yummy cakes with fried catfish. Mix your leftover fried fish with the other ingredients, and fry it up on a skillet.
These delicious catfish cakes have a bit of a kick with spicy tabasco and Worcestershire. They are truly set apart from other classic fish cake recipes with their crushed saltine crackers and fresh scallions.
Grind your crackers in a food processor, then sautee your veggies in a skillet on medium-high heat with oil. Mash up your leftover fish and mix in the other ingredients.
Form into patties and cook until brown on both sides. Don’t forget to make the “come back sauce” for the yummiest fried catfish cakes!
Who would have known fried catfish would make a great companion for spaghetti? Just use your leftover fried fish and follow this spaghetti recipe to complement your fried catfish.
The magic behind this pairing is the use of Worcestershire in the sauce.
Start with boiling your spaghetti according to the package directions. While the pasta is cooking, brown your ground beef and crumble it up. Add your other ingredients and let simmer.
You can reheat your leftover fried fish while the sauce is simmering. Toss your spaghetti noodles in the sauce and serve alongside your leftover fried fish for an unforgettable dish.
This three-flavored sauce is sure to blow your mind in this recipe.
The recipe calls for chili peppers that you crush with a mortar and pestle. Alternatively, you can use chili garlic paste if you do not have a mortar and pestle or are short on time.
Simply stir-fry the chili garlic paste with some oil in a wok or skillet for 30 seconds, stir in the remaining ingredients, cook for another minute, and then remove from heat.
Reheat your fish and place your wok with the sauce over high heat. Once it is simmering, add your fish and some shallots, then toss to coat.
Serve over some yummy steamed jasmine rice and sprinkle with coriander.
Pasta and fish meet in this yummy recipe, and now they are best friends. The recipe notes it takes around 30 minutes, but you can prepare it even quicker since you are only using your reheated leftover fried fish!
To make this recipe, boil your pasta until al-dente, then strain. Next, just follow the directions for the quick and easy yet delicious cream sauce and toss it with your pasta.
Serve it alongside your leftover fried fish and garnish it with fresh parsley.
These crispy fish spring rolls are the perfect way to use your leftover fried fish! Spring rolls are great for any occasion and can serve as an appetizer or a main entree.
You have to remove the breading from your leftover fried fish and flake it up really fine. Put your flaked fish in a blender or food processor with the rest of the fish paste ingredients and pulse to create the paste.
Divide the fish paste between 4 filo pastry sheets resembling a sausage roll. Next, roll up the filo pastries, tucking in the ends as you roll, then dust with cornflour.
Heat a wok or frying pan over high heat and add some oil when the wok is hot. Fry the rolls until brown and crisp, around 5 minutes.
If you have a mortar and pestle, you can make a salt and pepper dip that goes perfectly with the fish spring rolls. Heat the salt and Sichuan peppercorns in some oil on your wok over high heat.
Fry for about a minute, then set it aside to cool. You can crush the mixture with your pestle and have an excellent salt and pepper dip.
This delicious recipe is super easy and requires little work! Ginger and soy are an incredible combination and will create a yummy flavor profile to compliment your leftover fried fish.
Heat some cooking oil in a non-stick skillet or wok, then add your ginger. Heat your ginger until lightly browned.
Now, it is time to add your leftover fried fish to the pan to reheat it. Reheating your fish in ginger-infused oil will add a punch of flavor.
Finally, mix your sauce ingredients in a bowl and pour into the pan with the fish until it bubbles. Serve immediately over steamed or fried rice.
I told you it was easy!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I eat battered fish the next day?
Yes, you can absolutely eat battered fish the next day. If stored correctly, leftover battered fish can be as delicious as the first day.
The best way to keep your battered fish is in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Make sure to remove any sauces on your fish, such as tarter and cocktail sauce. Leftover sauces on your fish could make your fish soggy.
How do I reheat fried fish?
You can reheat leftover fried fish in multiple ways. I recommend using an air fryer to reheat your leftover fried fish because it makes it crispy without adding more oil.
To reheat in the air fryer, simply cook it for 6-7 minutes at 350F, turning halfway through. Alternatively, you can reheat your leftover fried fish in the microwave, oven, or on a skillet.
The microwave is the quickest option, but you sacrifice quality. Reheating your leftover fried fish in the oven is a great option, though it is a bit more time-consuming.
Cooking your leftover fried fish on the skillet provides the crispiness you get from the air fryer. Still, you need to add just a little oil to the pan, making it a less healthy option.
How long does leftover fried fish last in the refrigerator?
Leftover fried fish will last for 3-4 days in your refrigerator. However, this depends on the temperature of your refrigerator.
For example, if your refrigerator stays very cold, 4 days will likely be ok. If your refrigerator doesn’t last very cold, I will toss it after 3 days.
I highly recommend consuming your leftover fried fish the next day for the best quality.
Can I freeze leftover fried fish?
Yes, you can store your leftover fried fish in the freezer if you take some measures to prevent your fish from spoiling and ensure it doesn’t get freezer burnt.
First, make sure your leftover fried fish is completely cool before freezing. Next, place the fish in a shallow, airtight container to avoid freezer burn. Lastly, ensure the temperature of your freezer is at 0F or below to prevent your leftover fried fish from going bad.
You can safely store your leftover fried fish in the freezer for a month.
We have come to an end of our recipe roundup of leftover fried fish recipes!! I hope you found this article helpful and found the perfect recipe to use up the rest of your leftover fried fish!
Maybe you even found some inspiration to create your own leftover fried fish recipe! Whichever you choose to do, don’t be afraid to have a little fun.
Just make sure you follow the safety protocols listed above when storing and reheating your fish.
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