Crispy Rockfish Pub Burger with Provolone and Special Sauce

crispy fillet of fish on pub bun with cheese, tomatoes, letture, onions and pickles on the side

Crispy Rockfish Pub Burger with Provolone and Special Sauce

The fish sandwich of fish sandwiches. The one you'll want for every meal!
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Rockfish, Sandwich
Servings: 4


For the special sauce

  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • cup Chili Sauce
  • cup Sweet Pickle Relish
  • 2 cloves Garlic finely minced
  • 1 tsp Soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper

For the quick-pickled red onions

  • ½ medium red onion sliced
  • ½ cup seasoned rice vinegar enough to cover the onions

For the burgers

  • 1 lb Rockfish cut into 4 pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2-3 tbsps corn starch
  • 2 eggs whisked with 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ - 1 cup high heat oil for pan frying
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 4 pieces Green leaf or red leaf lettuce
  • 4-8 slices Tomato
  • sliced pickles
  • 4 Pub buns or brioche buns buttered and toasted if you prefer


Special Sauce

  • Mix together mayonnaise, chili sauce, sweet pickle relish, garlic, soy sauce and black pepper.
  • Set aside.

Quick Pickled Red Onions

  • Add the sliced red onions to a 16 ounce jelly jar or a glass bowl and cover with the rice vinegar.
  • Let them hang out for about 15 minutes or so, while you're preparing the fish.
  • Store the remaining pickled onions in a covered glass jar or container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Preparing the fish

  • Heat a large skillet over medium or medium low heat and add enough oil to cover the bottom of the skillet.
  • Set up three plates or bowls, one with corn starch, one with the egg wash, and one with panko.
  • While the oil is heating, season the fish pieces with salt and pepper and then dust them in the corn starch.
  • When the oil is hot but not smoking, dip the fish pieces in the egg wash and then the panko breadcrumbs.
  • Place them gently in the skillet and let each piece cook until golden-brown on both sides. (You may need to adjust the heat to low if your fish browns too quickly.) Should take about 3-4 minutes cook time on each side of the fillet.
  • Once your fish is done, transfer it to a fish rack over a baking sheet or plate, or a paper towel lined plate. Top with the provolone cheese. This will give the cheese time to melt a bit.

Burger Assembly

  • Spread a little butter on the inside of each bun and then toast them lightly in the oven.
  • Once toasted, add special sauce to each side of the bun. Place a provolone topped fish filet on the bottom bun. Layer with sliced onions, lettuce, tomato, and pickles.
  • Skewer with party pics or toothpicks to keep everything together prior to serving. Serve immediately
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