Seltzer Water Batter
12 oz seltzer
1 1/2 cups flour (reserve 1 cup for dredging halibut)
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp paprika
5 lbs of halibut
Combine liquid with dry ingredients and whisk together. Batter should be the consistency of 10w-40 motor oil. Cut halibut into pieces approximately 2-inches by 2-inches or so, but don't worry about exactness. Dredge halibut in 1 cup of reserved flour, coating thoroughly, then coat with seltzer water batter and place in fryer at 375ºF for 2 to 3 minutes. Make sure battered fish doesn't stick to the screen of the fryer pan. To avoid sticking, drop fish slowly into the fryer, allowing the first part of the fish in the oil to fry a bit before releasing the whole piece into the oil. Fry 30 seconds and jiggle fish free from bottom if it sticks.
1 cup hot sauce
1/4 cup butter
Heat on stove until butter melts then whisk together. When fish bites come out of fryer toss in sauce, coating thoroughly. Serve immediately with ranch or bleu cheese dressing.
If serving a large group, place fried halibut on paper towel until all halibut is cooked, then refry in large batch for 30 to 45 seconds. Toss in sauce while hot and serve. If cooking for home use, cut recipe in half.