Captain D's Recipes 

Chef Jen
Updated June 14, 2019 591 votes 455 voters 103.5k views 7 items

Captain D's recipes, a helpful guide to preparing your favorite dishes from the Captain D's menu at home. These copycat recipes are typically not based on exactly the method used at Captain D's, but are modeled closely on the flavor and texture of Captain D's food, making it easier than ever to bring these great tastes to your house for cheap.

Captain D's is a casual fast-food chain that specializes in seafood. Founded in in Donelson, TN, in 1969, the restaurant was originally called "Mr. D's" after co-founder Ray Danner. Captain D's now has nearly 600 locations in 23 states, primarily in the South and Midwest, as well as overseas. Restaurant specialties include hand-breaded fish served in platters with side items such as hush puppies or okra.

What are the best Captain D's menu items? How can I make Captain D's hush puppies at home (because let's be honest, sometimes you just NEED a hush puppy)? From the cheesy biscuits at Red Lobster to the amazing sauces at Buffalo Wild Wings, it's always tempting to go out for a delicious treat at one of the numerous chain and franchise restaurants dotting the landscape. But eating out at restaurants all the time can be a costly proposition. Not to mention the fact that, at restaurants, you have no portion control, and can't alter the recipes, ingredients or style of cooking to suit your own taste.

Making Captain D's recipes in your home gives you all of these options, while saving you money, and providing the same great diversity and taste that you'd find at your favorite casual dining spot. This list collections the best copycat Captain D's recipes from around the Internet. If you simply must find out how to make Captain D fish batter, then this is the list for you.
Captain D's Fish
Captain D's Fish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Captain D's Recipes
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1 1/2 cups Flour
1 pkg. Dry yeast
1 Egg
1 cup Beer (Coors worked)
1/2 cup Hot water
1/2 tsp. Salt

- Mix the yeast and flour together.
- In another bowl beat together the egg, hot water and salt.
- Add the beer to the egg mixture.
- Next beat in the flour and yeast.
- Drop fish into batter and cover thoroughly.
- Fry in hot oil.
- Drain on paper towels after removing from oil.
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CheeseSticks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Captain D's Recipes
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1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
4 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons sour cream

- Combine dry ingredients.
- Cut in butter and cheese with pastry blender.
- Stir in sour cream.
- Shape into a ball and chill 2 hours.
- On a lightly floured surface.
- Roll out dough 1/8-inch thick.
- Cut into strips 1/4-inch wide and 3 inches long.
- Bake at 425° for 8 minutes.
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Tilapia Scampi
Tilapia Scampi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Captain D's Recipes
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3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
8 cloves garlic, halved
4 (6 ounce) tilapia fillets, rinsed and patted dry
1 tablespoon dried parsley

- Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- Prepare a baking dish with cooking spray.
- Combine the butter, lemon juice, and garlic in a microwave-safe bowl.
- Heat in microwave in 10-second increments until the butter is completely melted and the garlic has softened.
- Stir between each session, about 1 minute total.
- Arrange the tilapia in the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
- Pour the butter mixture over the fillets assuring they are all evenly covered.
- Sprinkle the parsley over the tilapia.
- Bake in the preheated oven.
- Turn the fillets every 10 minutes, until the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 40 minutes total.
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Jalapeno Poppers
Jalapeno Poppers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Captain D's Recipes
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1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (8 ounce) package shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
15 fresh jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 tablespoon milk
1 1/2 cups crushed corn flake cereal

- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Lightly grease a medium baking sheet.
- In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, sharp Cheddar cheese and mayonnaise.
- Stuff jalapeno halves with the mixture.
- Whisk together eggs and milk in a small bowl.
- Place crushed corn flake cereal in a separate small bowl.
- Dip each stuffed jalapeno half into the egg and milk mixture.
- Roll in corn flake cereal to coat.
- Arrange in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until filling is bubbly and lightly browned.
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