Copycat Filet-o-Fish Sandwich

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This McDonald’s Copycat Filet -o- Fish Sandwich is crispy and topped with chipotle tartar sauce for some tanginess and heat. It comes together in just about twenty minutes.

Copycat Filet-o-Fish Sandwich on a wooden cutting board with lemons next to it.

Ingredients for Copycat Filet -o- Fish Sandwich

Fish- Codfish is the best fish to use for this. It’s light and flaky but thick. It takes breading well.

Breading- A mix of panko and flour will make the perfect coating for the fish.

Spices- Salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and cayenne pepper come together to add the perfect blend for the breading.

Oil- The oil for frying is important. You want to choose an oil with a high smoke point like vegetable or peanut oil.

Buns- Brioche buns are my top choice for this sandwich because they are so soft and airy.

Cheese- To stay true to the McDonald’s version a slice of cheese is required. I love using cheddar cheese for this.

Chipotle tartar sauce – I like to make a chipotle tartar sauce for this because it adds just an extra layer of flavor. The chipotle peppers add a nice spicy kick to the sauce.

How to make Filet -o- Fish Sandwich

Making the copycat filet -o- fish sandwich is rather simple. I focus on making the perfectly golden and crispy piece of fried fish and chipotle tartar sauce. Then it’s just assembling the sandwich altogether.

Take a large piece of codfish and cut it into 4 even pieces. Then coat the fish with the breading and spices. Fry up the fish until nice and golden brown and set aside on a wire rack to cool.

Start to toast the brioche buns with a slice of cheese on each.

In a food processor mix together the ingredients for the chipotle tartar sauce. Begin to assemble the sandwich by placing a pice of fish on the brioche buns. Lastly, add the tartar sauce and enjoy!

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Copycat Filet-o-Fish Sandwich on a wooden cutting board with lemons next to it.

Copycat Filet -o- Fish Sandwich

By August DeWindt
This Copycat Filet -o- Fish Sandwich is crispy and topped with chipotle tartar sauce for some tanginess and heat.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Servings: 4



  • 12 oz Codfish
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Canola, peanut or vegetable oil for frying
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 4 brioche buns

Chipolte Tartar Sauce

  • 3 tbsp sweet pickle relish
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  • Cut Codfish into 4 even pieces, about the same size of the buns. Begin to heat oil in a skillet until 350 degrees, the oil should be at least 1 inch deep.
  • In a box mix together the spices, flour and panko. I didn’t measure while seasoning, just put as much seasoning as you like.
  • In a separate box whisk together the egg with the water.
  • Place cheese on the bottom of the buns and toast your buns to desired liking.
  • Dip the fish into the egg wash, shake off the excess then dip into the panko mix. Place in the skillet and fry until golden brown on both sides. About 3 minutes per side, 5 minutes if the fish is thicker.
  • Remove from oil and let drain on paper towels for about 2 minutes. Then place the fish filets on the buns.
  • In a food processor or blender combine all the ingredients for the chipotle relish until smooth.
  • Put as much chipotle tartar sauce as you want on the buns and enjoy! I like to add a piece of lettuce, tomato and some onions too. But, if you want it truly like the filet-o-fish don’t add any of those.


Calories: 777kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 69g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 290mg | Sodium: 6912mg | Potassium: 1298mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1497IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 343mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: August DeWindt
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 777
Keyword: fish, fried, Seafood
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