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Fakeaway: Classic British Fish & Chips

Thank you so much for the love on our Fakeaway posts so far – we hope it’s given you a bit of inspiration to make these strange times into an opportunity to spend more time in the kitchen and not get too sad about the closed doors at your favourite restaurants.

We couldn’t do this series without giving a classic fish and chip recipe a go. We’ve never fried our own fish and made chips from scratch before, so the only thing we knew is that our kitchen would absolutely stink for a good while afterwards. It was windows open despite the chilly weather until dinner and beyond, but it was well worth it.

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Check out the recipe below, give us a cheeky tag on Instagram or Twitter if you give it a go yourself, and make sure you add your own mushy peas and tartare source to complete the dish!

Print Recipe
5 from 2 votes

Classic British Fish and Chips

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Rest Time for Batter30 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: British
Servings: 2 Servings

Ingredients

For the Fish

  • 30 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup beer
  • 2 fillets haddock

For the Chips

  • 3 meduim potatoes
  • 1 liter frying oil

Instructions

  • In a large roomy bowl mix the all but two tablespoons of the flour with the 2 ounces of cornstarch and 1 teaspoon baking powder. Season lightly with a tiny pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Using a fork, and whisking continuously, add the beer and the water to the flour mixture and continue mixing until you have a thick, smooth batter. Place the batter in the fridge to rest for between 30 minutes and an hour.
  • Cut the potatoes into 1-centimeter slices, then slice these into 1-centimeter-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 calander then dry with kitchen paper. Keep in the fridge covered with kitchen paper until needed.
  • Meanwhile, lay the fish fillets on a sheet of kitchen paper and pat dry. Season very lightly with a little sea salt.
  • Heat the oil to 350 F in a deep-fat fryer or large, deep saucepan. Blanch the chips a few handfuls at a time in the fat for a couple of minutes. Do not brown them. Once the chips are slightly cooked remove them from the fat and drain. Keep to one side.
  • Dip into batter. Then carefully lower each fillet into the hot oil. Fry for approximately 8 minutes, or until the batter is crisp and golden, turning the fillets from time to time with a large slotted spoon.
  • Using the same slotted spoon once cooked, remove the fillets from the hot oil, drain on kitchen paper, cover with greaseproof paper and keep hot.
  • Heat the oil to 400 F then cook the chips until golden and crisp about 5 minutes.
  • Serve immediately with the hot fish accompanied by mushy peas.

Have you ever made your own fish and chips at home? What are your favourite chippys that are being so dearly missed during the pandemic? Let us know down below in the comments….

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15 Comments

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      April 23, 2020 / 4:35 pm

      Oh yes, this is what we like to hear!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      April 23, 2020 / 4:36 pm

      Oh that’s so sweet, so glad to have hours hear!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  1. April 16, 2020 / 5:17 pm

    5 stars
    Oh wowzers, this looks amazing! I do miss a proper good classic fish and chips!

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      April 23, 2020 / 4:36 pm

      Can’t beat the classics!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  2. April 16, 2020 / 5:25 pm

    This sounds so good! It looks like something from a restaurant rather than a home made meal.
    Definitely going to give this one a go, the chips look amazing!

    Amy x
    http://www.whatamysays.com

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      April 23, 2020 / 4:37 pm

      Oh that’s so sweet! I’m so happy with the way they turned out!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  3. April 16, 2020 / 5:33 pm

    Damn that looks good! Never been one for fish though. My family are so might be worth me saving just to impress them lol.

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      April 23, 2020 / 4:37 pm

      Hahahah yes, that’s the way to win them for sure!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  4. April 16, 2020 / 10:01 pm

    You’re doing such a great job with this series! This looks exactly like fish and chips you’d be served out, the batter looks so good x

    Sophie

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      April 23, 2020 / 4:38 pm

      Thank you so much, we had do much fun creating it!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      April 23, 2020 / 4:38 pm

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

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