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Traditional British Fish and Chips

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Traditional British Fish and Chips

Fish and chips is a popular hot dish consisting of fried fish in crispy batter, served with chips. 

The dish originated in England, where these two components had been introduced from separate immigrant cultures; it is not known who created the culinary fusion that became the emblematic British meal 

 

 

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

For the Fish:

7 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided

7 tablespoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon baking powder

Sea salt, to taste

1 pinch freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1/3 cup dark beer, cold

1/3 cup sparkling water, cold

4 (7-ounce) fish fillets (thick, white fish)

 

For the Chips:

2 pounds potatoes, peeled

1 liter vegetable oil , or lard, for frying

 

 

DIRECTIONS ON TRADITIONAL BRITISH FISH AND CHIPS

In a large, roomy bowl, mix the 5 tablespoons of flour with the cornstarch and baking powder.

Set aside 2 tablespoons of flour. Season lightly with a tiny pinch of salt and pepper.

Using a fork to whisk continuously, add the beer and the sparkling water to the flour mixture and continue mixing until you have a thick, smooth batter.

Place the batter in the fridge to rest for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Using a sharp knife, cut the potatoes into a little less than 1/2-inch-thick slices, then slice these into 1/2-inch-wide chips.

Place the chips into a colander and rinse under cold running water

Place the washed chips into a pan of cold water. Bring to a gentle boil and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.

Drain carefully through a colander, then dry with paper towels. Keep in the fridge covered.

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Meanwhile, lay the fish fillets on a paper towel and pat dry. Season lightly with a little sea salt.

Heat the oil to 350 F in a deep-fat fryer or large, deep saucepan. Cook the chips in the oil for about 2 minutes. Do not brown them. 

Once the chips are slightly cooked, remove them from the oil and drain. Keep to one side.

Place the 2 tablespoons of flour reserved from the batter mix into a shallow bowl.

Toss each fish fillet in the flour and shake off any excess.

Dip into the batter, coating the entire fillet.

Check that the oil temperature is still 350 F. Transfer each fillet into the hot oil.

Fry until the batter is crisp and golden, turning the fillets from time to time with a large slotted spoon.

Once cooked, remove the fillets from the hot oil and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt. Cover and keep hot.

Heat the oil to 400 F, then cook the chips until golden and crisp, or about 5 minutes. Remove from the oil and drain. Season with salt.

Serve immediately with the hot fish accompanied by your favorite condiment.

 

 

TRY OTHER BRITISH RECIPES

LANCASHIRE HOTPOT RECIPE

TOAD IN A HOLE 

STRAWBERRY FOOL

BRITISH SHORTBREAD

 

 

HERE ARE ADDITIONAL RECIPE NOTES:

Be sure to use the freshest cod, pollock, or haddock that you can find for the best results.

Frozen fish is also fine, but make sure it is thoroughly defrosted and dried with paper towels first.

Prepare the batter and only dip the fish at the last moment before plunging into hot oil to fry. This way you will always have a light and crisp snap to the batter.

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Use a floury potato for the chips. The best varieties are King Edward, Maris Piper, Sante, russet and Yukon Gold.

 

RECIPE VIDEO

 

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Traditional British Fish and Chips

Rating: 5.0/5
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Serves: 2 Prep Time: Cooking Time: Nutrition facts: 100 calories 1 gram fat

Ingredients

For the Fish:
7 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
7 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
Sea salt, to taste
1 pinch freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/3 cup dark beer, cold
1/3 cup sparkling water, cold
4 (7-ounce) fish fillets (thick, white fish)
For the Chips:
2 pounds potatoes, peeled
1 liter vegetable oil , or lard, for frying

Instructions

  • In a large, roomy bowl, mix the 5 tablespoons of flour with the cornstarch and baking powder.
  • Set aside 2 tablespoons of flour. Season lightly with a tiny pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Using a fork to whisk continuously, add the beer and the sparkling water to the flour mixture and continue mixing until you have a thick, smooth batter.
  • Place the batter in the fridge to rest for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the potatoes into a little less than 1/2-inch-thick slices, then slice these into 1/2-inch-wide chips.
  • Place the chips into a colander and rinse under cold running water
  • Place the washed chips into a pan of cold water. Bring to a gentle boil and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Drain carefully through a colander, then dry with paper towels. Keep in the fridge covered.
  • Meanwhile, lay the fish fillets on a paper towel and pat dry. Season lightly with a little sea salt.
  • Heat the oil to 350 F in a deep-fat fryer or large, deep saucepan. Cook the chips in the oil for about 2 minutes. Do not brown them.
  • Once the chips are slightly cooked, remove them from the oil and drain. Keep to one side.
  • Place the 2 tablespoons of flour reserved from the batter mix into a shallow bowl.
  • Toss each fish fillet in the flour and shake off any excess.
  • Dip into the batter, coating the entire fillet.
  • Check that the oil temperature is still 350 F. Transfer each fillet into the hot oil.
  • Fry until the batter is crisp and golden, turning the fillets from time to time with a large slotted spoon.
  • Once cooked, remove the fillets from the hot oil and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt. Cover and keep hot.
  • Heat the oil to 400 F, then cook the chips until golden and crisp, or about 5 minutes. Remove from the oil and drain. Season with salt.
  • Serve immediately with the hot fish accompanied by your favorite condiment.
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