Put the flour, salt and cayenne in a bowl, and mix well. Add the beer and stir until just incorporated. Mix no more than is necessary to prevent dissipation of the bubbles.
Put at least 3 inches of canola oil
in a deep fryer, and bring to 375 degrees F (or
in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan
, pour enough oil to fill the pan about a third of the way. Heat over medium heat until a deep-frying
thermometer inserted in the oil reaches 375 degrees F.)
Cut the haddock fillets
into 3-inch pieces. Season the fish with sea salt and black pepper.
When the oil is at temperature, (if you don't have a thermometer you can test it by dropping a bread crouton
in. If it sizzles on hitting the oil, it's ready), dip the haddock pieces in the batter
, and let the excess drain
by holding it up briefly above the bowl before placing into the pan. Lay the fish into the hot oil slowly to make sure the oil hits all the surface area. Cook about 2 to 3 minutes on one side and flip over for another 2 minutes. You are looking for a golden brown color and crisp
exterior. When ready, lift the fillets out with tongs and lay on paper towels, to absorb the excess surface oil.
Open out the split baguette and place inside down in a large pan coated with a nub of butter
, melted, on medium heat, for about a minute. This will pan grill
the inside of the bread making it buttery and toasty.
To assemble: Spread Tartar sauce on both sides of the bread, lay on two pieces of fish
and add a final little crunch of some finely sliced iceberg lettuce.