Pan-Fried Cod with a Tangy Apple & Carrot Slaw


For the Slaw:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard, plus more for serving
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon caraway or celery seeds
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 head light-green cabbage, thinly sliced (about 6 cups)
1 small carrot, shredded
1 gala apple, julienned
1 bunch scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced

For the Fish:
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
4 6-ounce cod or other white-fleshed fish fillets
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cracker meal or crushed saltine crackers
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Kosher salt
Vegetable oil, for shallow frying


Prepare the slaw: Whisk the mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, sugar, caraway seeds, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and pepper to taste in a large bowl. Toss in the cabbage, carrot, apple and scallions; cover and refrigerate.

Prepare the fish: Whisk the egg and milk in a medium bowl; add the cod and set aside to soak. Mix the flour, cracker meal, cayenne pepper and a pinch of salt on a plate.

Heat 1 inch of oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the fish from the milk mixture and dredge in the flour mixture, turning to coat. Fry in the hot oil until golden, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain; season with salt and pepper. Serve with the slaw and extra mustard.

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