Homemade British Fish & Chips

July 17, 2021

Get perfect British fish and chips every time with this easy and quick battered fish and chips recipe! It’s salty, crunchy, and mouthwateringly delicious!

This iconic crispy fish and chips recipe takes only 15 minutes to make from scratch and cements its place as a family favorite due to its light crispy batter and gorgeous tender fillet fish. And the short cook time and amazing results make it the perfect go-to lunch for any occasion.

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Taste Score: %80
Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 30 mins
Cooking 15 mins
Total 45 mins

Tips

  • To make this fish and chips recipe without beer, use fizzy seltzer water instead.
  • While this recipe calls for fresh cod, haddock, or halibut, you can also use any other firm-fleshed white fish of your preference.
  • For best results, use Russet potatoes or other high starch/low moisture potatoes.
  • Put the potatoes in a bowl of cold water after slicing. Drain thoroughly before frying, and blot with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  • For the perfect fried fish, the oil should neither be too hot nor too cool. Use an instant-read or candy thermometer to get accurate measurements of oil temperature.
  • Chill the flour before dredging the fish and use very cold beer for an incredibly light, crispy batter. Use immediately as the batter can become heavy and dense when allowed to rest.
  • If you have leftover batter, feel free to make fried onion rings, calamari, shrimp, etc.
  • Beer battered fish and chips lose their crispness quickly once fried, so be sure to serve immediately.
  • You can also use this recipe to make air fryer fish and chips. Air fryer fish and chips need to be air-fried for about 12 minutes at 390°F.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Set your oven to 200°F and heat some oil in a deep fryer, pan, or Dutch oven over high heat until the temperature reaches 325 °F.
  2. Add the sliced and drained potatoes to the oil in small batches to avoid overcrowding, and carefully fry for 2-3 minutes until pale and softened. Remove the fries from the oil using a slotted spoon and cool to room temperature.
  3. Then increase the temperature of the oil to 375 degrees F and add in the fries again in small batches, frying for 2-3 minutes until potatoes are golden brown and crispy. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the fries to a baking sheet or roasting rack and place it in the warmed oven after sprinkling with salt.
  4. In a large flat bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt and add cold beer to this mix, whisking until smooth. Prepare extra flour for dredging in a separate flat bowl.
  5. Remove any excess moisture from the fish by blotting with paper towels and thoroughly coat all sides of the fish in the flour, shaking off the excess. Then dip and coat the fish in the beer batter, letting some excess batter drip off.
  6. Add an inch of oil to a deep fryer or medium-sized skillet and heat the oil to between 350 °F and 375 °F. Carefully add the battered fish to the hot oil and fry for 5-8 minutes if using a deep fryer and for about 2 minutes on each side if using a pan.
  7. Remove the fish with a slotted spoon once nicely golden. Let the excess oil drip off, and then place on paper towels for a few seconds. Serve immediately with chips and a sprinkling of quality British malt vinegar for the authentic British fish and chips experience.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Fish and Chips
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories419
% Daily Value*
Protein 38 g76%
Total Fat 2 g2.6%
Cholesterol 73 mg24.3%
Sodium 652 mg28.3%
Potassium 1741 mg37%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What Is Fish and Chips?

Fish and chips is a traditional British dish which, as its name suggests, consists of crispy batter-fried fish served with chips. As for its origin, the individual components were brought to the United Kingdom by refugees and later combined by Joseph Malin for the fish and chips we know and love today.

How to Make Fish and Chips?

For some classic fish and chips, coat fish dredged in flour in a batter of flour, baking powder, salt, and cold beer, deep or pan fry till nice and golden, and serve with double fried potato fries.

To make this easy fish and chips recipe in the air fryer, preheat your air fryer to 390°F and add coated fish sprayed with vegetable oil to the fryer basket. Air-fry for about 12 minutes for perfectly crispy air fryer fish and chips.

What Fish Is Best for Fish and Chips?

Although any firm-fleshed white fish will work for this recipe and what you use ultimately boils down to personal preference, haddock is most often considered the best fish for fish and chips, closely followed by cod. Cod is very tender and juicy, but most chefs prefer haddock due to its slightly sweeter flavor that pairs well with the buttery batter.

What to Serve Fish and Chips?

British fish and chips are best served with sides like mushy peas, pea fritters, steamed vegetables, and fish cakes. You can also pair this dish with sauces like curry sauce, tartar sauce, etc., or desserts like lime pie, fruit-flavored sorbet, and lemon meringue pie.

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How to Store Fish and Chips?

The fries should be stored in an open container, while it’s better to store the fried fish in an airtight one once it has stopped steaming. They keep well for a couple of days and can be reheated in the oven to restore crispiness.

You can also freeze fish and chips for up to 2 months and heat these frozen fish and chips in air fryer for some amazing, healthy, and crispy results.

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