Many Christians avoid eating meat on Fridays in the 40 days leading up to Easter, so bring the fish! Here’s our running list of where to find fish fry events.
HOUSTON – Each year around this time, you may notice a lot more fish and seafood being offered in restaurants. This is because we are in the period of Lent, which is a 40-day (excluding Sunday) religious observance of fasting and repentance while preparing for Easter.
Christians usually give up something and/or devote themselves as volunteers during the season to help focus on their relationship with God.
Lent 2022 runs until April 17 (Easter Sunday).
Meanwhile, many Christians will avoid meat and turn to fish on Fridays. Many churches and restaurants offer fish fry events and other Lenten-friendly options on Fridays as helpful substitutions.
Many council groups under the auspices of the Knights of Columbus will have fish plates available for adults and children.
So, bring the fish! Here is our list of events that we will keep updated throughout the season.
Knights of Columbus 8771 – Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church – Cypress
The 8771 Knights of Columbus of Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church has the largest first fry in the greater Houston area with more than 1,500 meals served on average every Friday during Lent. They are open from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday to eat in or take away.
Location: 11507 Huffmeister Rd, Houston, 77065
Council of the Knights of Columbus – St. Michael
For KoC tip #14700, prices range between $12-15 for adult plates and children’s plates are $6. You can also get dessert for $2 a slice. Proceeds will go to local charities supported by the town hall.
Plates will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Friday starting March 4. It is best to order your plate(s) before 6 p.m. on Thursday. Walk-ins are not guaranteed to be served. Plates will not be available on Good Friday (April 15).
Location: St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church – 1801 Sage Road, Houston, 77056
Council of the Knights of Columbus – Prince of the Peace
KoC Council #8482 will be hosting Fish Fry events on Fridays at two locations. Like previous advice, they will also have adult and children’s plates every Friday during Lent except Good Friday. Proceeds will go to charities supported by this council.
Choices for main entree are fish (fried or grilled) and fried shrimp. They will also come with puppies, coleslaw, baked potato or fries. Plates will be available on site or to take away.
Prince of Peace Catholic Community – 19222 Tomball Pkwy, Houston, 77070 (open 5-7 p.m.)
Zaka Road Family Center – 9623 Zaka Rd, Houston, 77064 (open 4:30-7:30 p.m.; $1 bingo and cash bar also available)
Knights of Columbus – Spring
KoC Council #6557 will hold a fish fry every Friday except Good Friday. Catfish dinners will be available for $12 a plate from 5-6:45 p.m.
Plates include fried fish, coleslaw, fries, hush puppies, tea or lemonade. You can dine there or drive up. Proceeds will support St. James the Apostle Catholic Church.
Location: 22800 Aldine Westfield Road, Spring, 77373
Knights of Columbus – Alvin/Manvel
KoC Council #6403 will have a fish fry schedule like the other chapters (every Friday except Good Friday). Catfish dinners will be available for $11 a plate from 5-7 p.m. You can dine in or take them away.
The Catholic Girls will also have desserts for sale. All proceeds will go to supported charities.
Location: Alvin Columbus Hall – 129 Country Road 146 (Hwy 6), Alvin, 77511
Knights of Columbus – Katy
KoC Council #12955 will have plates available every Friday (except Good Friday) at St. Edith Stein Catholic Church. They will be available from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Plate prices range between $4 and $12. Fish plates are “all you can eat” and all dishes include fries, hushpuppies, green beans and coleslaw. Drinks will be complimentary and other side orders will be available, including jalapeño poppers.
Location: 3311 N Fry Road, Katy, 77449
Knights of Columbus – Humble
KoC Council #6878 will host a traditional fish fry every Friday during Lent at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. The frying will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Plates are $10 and you can pay cash or check payable to KOC6878. Plates include fried fish, chips, coleslaw, and hushpuppies. Drive-thru and dining options are available for those who frequent the Stations of the Cross.
Location: 110 Isaacks Road, Humble, 77338
Knights of Columbus – Clear Lake
KoC Board #10959 will have plates available for drive-thru only from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sainte-Bernadette Catholic Church. Their $12 meal will include catfish, fried puppies and coleslaw.
Like the other council chapters, their fry will not be available on Good Friday.
Location: 15500 El Camino Real, Houston, 77062
Ouzo Bay – River Oaks
Ouzo Bay offers an extensive fishing program with a variety of options.
All fish are available at market prices and can be served with house sauces, including a champagne reduction with Siberian caviar ($29), jalapeño bianco with colossal crab meat ($13) and salsa Mediterranean Verde ($4).
Location: 4444 Westheimer Road Suite G130, Houston, 77027
If you know of any other places offering fish on Fridays for Lent, email [email protected] so we can add to this list.