McDonald's Filet-O-Fish copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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McDonald's Filet-O-Fish

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The year 1963 was a big one in McDonald's history. The 500th McDonald's restaurant opened in Toledo, Ohio, and Hamburger University graduated its 500th student. It was in that same year that McDonald's served its one billionth hamburger in grand fashion on The Art Linkletter Show. Ronald McDonald also made his debut that year in Washington, D.C., and the Fillet-O-Fish sandwich was introduced as the first new menu addition since the restaurant chain opened in 1948.

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Source: More Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

Update 8/4/19: Current versions of this sandwich come with the bun untoasted. For a classic version, make your copycat McDonald's Filet-O-Fish sandwich as described below, or skip step 2. Be sure to microwave your finished sandwich for 10-15 seconds to warm up your bun, and steam the sandwich before serving.

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  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons sweet relish
  • 2 teaspoons minced onion
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 plain hamburger buns
  • 2 Mrs. Paul's breaded fish portions (square)
  • 1 slice American cheese
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      1. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, relish, minced onion, and salt and set aside. This is your tartar sauce.

      2. Lightly grill the faces of the bun.

      3. Cook the fish according to the package instructions. You can bake the fish, but your sandwich will taste much more like the original if you fry it in oil.

      4. Divide the tartar sauce and spread it evenly on each of the top buns.

      5. Slice the cheese in half and place a piece on each of the bottom buns.

      6. Place the cooked fish on top of the cheese slice on each sandwich, and top off the sandwiches with the top buns.

      7. Microwave each sandwich on high for 10 to 15 seconds to warm the buns.

      Makes 2 sandwiches.

      Tidbits: If you can find fish only in wedge shapes, just use two wedges on each sandwich, fitting them together side by side to form a square.

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Score: 4.00. Votes: 9
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Leigh Hein
Oct 26, 2020, 13:50

This recipe is spot on! My husband absolutely LOVES this sandwich and he is extremely happy with this recipe. Personally we like hopping extra tartar sauce on. TIP: Ore Ida Golden shoestring fries taste just like McDonald’s fries. We use a small deep fryer and a liberal amount of salt.

Conni Biscayart
Feb 26, 2012, 22:00

Yum. Will use this often during Lent instead of driving to Mickey D's. Thanks Todd

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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