Beer Battered Haddock Sandwich Topped With Tomato Dill Salad and Tartar Sauce

I have often spoken of our trip to Jamaica.

It was over two years ago and I'm still thinking of it like it was yesterday. Apparently we do not vacation enough.

With three kids under the age of 5 it's next to impossible. For now I will reminisce, and think of our next trip.

For anyone who has never been... you really should. It was the most beautiful, luxurious place I have ever been.

Not that I'm a world traveler or anything... I rarely make it out of my small New Hampshire town.

In fact, our trip to Jamaica was the first time I had flown on a plane!


I have a horrible fear of flying and heights in general. It's amazing my husband was able to coax me onto to that flight!

The 9 am glass of wine in the airport bar at Logan helped a tad... that and the Valium I snagged from my mother in law!

I seriously need alcohol and drugs in order to step on board!

We flew into Montego Bay in the late afternoon and were immediately greeted with Red Stripes and big smiles from  the staff that worked for our resort. They loaded us up in their little air port lounge with plenty of beer while we awaited our shuttle to drive us 30 minutes to the resort.

For couples... if you are looking for a romantic vacation. Check out Couples Resorts. They are for couples only, no kiddos, no singles... the whole resort is based around luxury and romance.
They were AMAZING.

They have several resorts all over Jamaica, the one we stayed at was Couples Tower Isle.
It was stunning,

One of our favorite parts of the vacation... food. They offered fine dinning at restaurants all with in the resort as well as an all you can eat 24 hour grill.

Jerk Chicken, fries, ice cream, nachos, fried everything... Allllll day long.

The fried snapper sandwich,  my favorite dish offered at the grill, piled high on a sweet bun, tarter sauce a big thick slice of tomato and some lettuce.

Honestly the best thing I ever ate.... the BEST thing.

We ate a disgusting amount of those sandwiches... at all hours of the day and night.

And oh did we take advantage of the 24 hr thing... 2 am stumbling in after a late night in the "Buddha" pool with a bunch of our new friends... one of those sandwiches and a bucket of Red Stripes on Ice... ahhh. Vacation.

I sound so classy huh? Buckets of beer and fried foods? Hey I had my fair share of wine, braised duck, and various other fancy shcmancy foods.

I honestly stay up some nights thinking of this sandwich...

I'm not exaggerating.

After one night of discussing the famous  Snapper Sandwich with hubs. I was like "that's it... it's been a 2 yr craving, time to do something about this!"

So I set off to make my own New England version of my favorite Jamaican Fried Snapper Sandwich... And it did the trick! Nipped my craving right in the butt. Now I just need to book a vacation so I can get the real thing SOON. 

Beer Battered Haddock Sandwich with Tomato Dill Salad and Tartar Sauce
(Recipe adapted from: Closet Cooking; yields 4 servings)

-1 bottle of your favorite dark beer
-2 cups of flour
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1 tsp dill weed
-1 beaten egg
-1/2 tsp of salt
-1 pound haddock (you can also use cod)
-1/2 cup flour (for dredging)
-pinch of salt
-4 bulky rolls
-oil for frying


 -1/2-3/4 cup of tartar sauce
-Lettuce leaves
-1 cup of cherry tomatoes quartered (halved if they are small)
-1 tsp fresh dill weed
-1 clove of garlic minced
-pinch of sugar
-pinch of salt


Heat cooking oil to 375 degrees.

In a medium mixing bowl whisk together 2 cups of flour, beer, baking powder, egg, dill, and 1/2 tsp of salt. Set aside.

Cut your fish into 4 large sandwich sized pieces.

Add 1/2 cup of flour and pinch of salt to a shallow dish (I use a pie plate),

Dredge fish through your flour/salt.

Then dip your fish into the beer batter, then into the fryer for about 5 minutes (I cooked mine 3 minutes one side then flipped and cooked for an additional 2 minutes) or until the fish is golden brown and white and flaky in the centers.

For your toppings,

Toss, tomato, dill, sugar and salt together in a small bowl. Set aside until you are ready to assemble.
Pile fish, tomato salad, tartar sauce and lettuce high on your bulky roll.



  1. This sounds right up my alley Carrie. I love beer batter! Flying sometimes terrifies me...I am totally fine until I sit down in the plastic chairs waiting to board. And then anxiety hits until the plane is off the ground. Then I'm usually OK. Wine + Valium always helps though!

  2. Wow Carrie, this looks AMAZING - I will be trying this recipe for sure!

  3. Yum! I can see why you would crave this sandwich for 2 years, it looks and sounds AMAZING!

    1. It's a little sad that it took me 2 yrs to make it!

  4. I am a terrible flyer also - it requires alcohol so I don't have an absolute meltdown on board. Ben loves to fly and wants his own license. I told him he can have a plane when he lets me get a pony and he won't be allowing me to have a horse anytime soon…so he won't be getting a plane. Win win?

    I want to go somewhere warm - and Jamaica has been on my list for AGES!! This also looks equally dream worthy. YUM!

    1. My husband LOVES it as well... his dad has his license and built/owns his own plane...which scares the crap out of me! Who builds their own plane?! Sketchy...

      You must go to Jamaica... food is fab... and enough rum to ensure a good time!

  5. This looks awesome. I miss the jerk chicken from Jamaica so much! And the fruity rum drinks...

    1. mmmm love the rum. Especially Rum Cream... wish I could get it here in the states!

  6. Oh my, this looks so good! I'd fly anywhere for one :)

  7. That is one good looking sandwich! I love Jamaica! I've been there 5 or 6 times although its has been years since I last been. Perks of being a former travel agent! :)

    1. Thanks Jennifer... and lucky you, what a fun job!

  8. Beer batter anything is a winner in my books! That is one gorgeous sandwich, Carrie! :)

    1. Thank you! And I agree... beer batter makes everything yummy!

  9. I seriously LOVE fish sandwiches. I can't get enough especially when they are lightly battered and served with tarter sauce. It's comfort. And I'm very jealous of your travel adventure.

  10. Oh man, this sandwich is packed! I've only used a beer batter once, and I absolutely loved it. I'll have to try it again with this recipe!