By Faye Hazel
March 2, 2018 12:09pm CST
While we are coming up on March that signals the start of fish fry season here in the mid-west. While I am not a Catholic - I believe the area fish frys are popular because of the largely Catholic population who must eat fish / not red meat - during the Lent season leading up to Easter. However, happily you don't need to be Catholic to partake in the eating of the fish. Fish fry tends to happen in small towns at local bars, sometimes even local halls that a rented just for the occasion. The surroundings are usually not fancy, but the food is delicious. Filets of fish are served all you can eat along with tartar sauce and red sauce and if you are lucky - lemons. The side dishes vary from place to place and may include a baked potato, french fries, cole slaw, beans, chips, dinner roll. You may get a choice on what to order with your fish, or you may not, taking what is offered from the buffet line. Almost always you can order as much fish as you want. Though it depends on the place if you get more of the side dishes or no. Do fish fry happen in your part of the world? Photo: Pixabay
22 people like this
• United States
It has been happening beginning a few days before Ash Wednesday and continuing up through Palm Sunday and although I am no longer a practicing orthodox catholic of Ukrainian descent, I don't do fish for religious reasons but rather to stay as healthy as possible . . .
@FayeHazel It takes time but when I do it I like making it. I should get some soon and make it. I will have to think about it for after our holiday and decide what the main course will be and maybe make rice too with it. I like it Faye. I have instructions I follow so it turns out.
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
@FayeHazel Yes, there are a ton of them around the area! This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for most of the places. Even the restaurants get in on it! I saw a commercial another day from Arby's for two kinds of fish sandwiches!
• Pamplona, Spain
They do over here and lots and I am not a big fish fan at all but I will eat plaice, and cods roe or a bit of salmon but nothing more than that. Being Easter very soon the celebrations and preparations are already being prepared. Lots of parades and singing Saetas and all that its very colourful to see.
• Trinidad And Tobago
In the Caribbean it is always there But I cannot say if Christians are more customers of this dish. Fish here is very very expensive dish. On one of my non-vegetarian days, I wanted to try a fish fillet, but that cost well over $80.00 TT (13.33 US). I can't afford that for a meal.
• United Kingdom
Friday is the traditional day for eating fish here in the UK all year round. Although I'm not a Catholic, I am from a Catholic family and they had to give up something they liked during lent. I wasn't aware that they had to stick to fish though.
• United States
I've heard that some of the older tradition Catholics eat no meat on any Fridays. I've always heard that the giving up of something you like for lent is now an option. I don't know if that's correct or not though. It seems to me like there are or have been different versions of Catholic through the years