Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.

Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.




Beer Battered Fish

Red Lobster Copycat Recipe

Makes 8 Fillets

2 quarts vegetable oil (for frying)
8 (4 oz) cod fish fillets
salt and pepper
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons paprika
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 egg, beaten
1 (12 oz) bottle beer

Heat oil in a deep fryer to 365 degrees. Rinse fish, pat dry, and season with salt and pepper.

Combine flour, garlic powder, paprika, 2 teaspoons salt, and 2 teaspoons pepper. Stir egg into dry ingredients. Gradually mix in one beer until a thin batter is formed. Dip fillets into the batter. You should be able to see the fish through the batter after it has been dipped.

Drop the fish one at a time into the hot oil. Fry each fish, turning once, until both sides are golden brown. Drain on paper towels, and serve warm.

Tartar Sauce:
Red Lobster Copycat Recipe

1/2 cup Kraft's mayonnaise

1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
2 tablespoons
Miracle Whip salad dressing
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dry minced parsley
1/4 teaspoon onion powder

Mix all and store in the fridge. This recipe yields about 1 cup.

Notes: Served with tartar sauce and malt vinegar at Red Lobster.  This batter is also great for making chicken tenders, onion rings, fried pickles, and zucchini slices.

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