A Labor Day Fish Fry

Elysian’s guide to hosting an end-of-summer bash

In many towns along the Eastern Seaboard, a Labor Day Fish Fry is an annual tradition. We love the idea of setting aside hamburgers and hotdogs for lighter, healthier fare. Check your local fish markets to be sure your favorite store will be open on Labor Day or the day before. We recommend that all fish and seafood be cooked and served within 24 hours of purchase. Our Labor Day Fish Fry menu includes four types of seafood: fried cod, blackened catfish, sauteed Lemon Flounder and cumin shrimp. Plus there’ll be creamy coleslaw, chopped salad and potato salad.The day before your Labor Day bash, prepare the cole slaw and potato salad. Prep the chopped salad and marinate the shrimp the morning of your event.

We like to present the salads on a buffet table, and each fish item is passed around in courses, hot from the skillet. Gather your friends and family and make the final weekend of summer the biggest party of the season. Because the spread includes four types of seafood, we recommend procuring a quarter pound of each fish per person so you can have enough on hand without leaving waste.

Check out these recipes, and get cooking!

Fried Cod

Cole Slaw

Cumin Marinated Shrimp

Potato Salad

Chopped Salad

Lemon Flounder with Dill

Blackened Catfish

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