Crispy Corn-Coated Sand Dabs

Sand dabs are found only in the Pacific coastal waters from Alaska to Mexico.


  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 sand dabs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil (for deep frying)


  1. Mix cornmeal with salt and pepper.
  2. Dip fish into buttermilk, then coat with cornmeal mixture.
  3. Pour oil to a depth of 1 1/2 inches in a skillet. Heat until hot, then add fish. Cook until golden, turning once.
  4. Garnish with sprigs of watercress or parsley and lemon slices, if desired.