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The Best Fish and Chips Recipe

The Best Fish and Chips Recipe

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Fish and chips – probably the most known British dish around the globe and there is a reason for that. This fish and chips recipe makes crispy fish on the outside, flaky and tender on the inside. The chips in the recipe is classic but you also can make a rustic chips. Beer battered fish is the best way to fry fish. Serve it with a homemade tartar sauce and enjoy a perfect meal.
30 Minutes
30 Minutes

For the fish:

  • White fish fillets (see recipe notes) 
  • 1 cup (125g) Flour (for the batter)
  • Flour (for coating)
  • 1 – 1¼ cups (240-300ml) Beer, cold
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

For the chips:

  • 4 large potatoes
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • Cold water

For the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup (125g) Mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Red onion, finely chopped 
  • 2-3 tablespoons Dill pickles, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Capers, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • Salt & pepper to taste 
  • 1 tablespoon Parsley, chopped

For serving:

  • Lemon, cut into wedges

  1. Make the chips: Peel the potatoes, then, cut each potato lengthwise into 4 or 5 pieces, then cut each piece into sticks. Each stick should be about 1cm (1/2-inch) thick.
  2. Rinse potatoes under cold water, then place potatoes in a large bowl and cover with water. Let soak for 30 minutes. Pat dry with a clean kitchen towel.
  3. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 275-300F (135-150C). Gently add the potatoes to the oil, in batches, and fry for about 3-5 minutes, until soft, but not golden, stirring and flipping the potatoes occasionally. Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel. Let cool.
  4. Heat oil to 400F (200C). Fry the potatoes again, in batches, until golden brown, about 7-8 minutes. Remove from oil, transfer to a paper towel to drain. Season with salt and pepper. Place the chips in warm oven (100C/200F) while making the fish.
  5. Meanwhile make the batter: in a large bowl mix flour, salt and baking powder. Gradually add beer, whisking constantly until smooth.
  6. Place the remaining flour in a large shallow dish. Season each fish fillet with salt and pepper, then coat each fish fillet in the flour and shake off any excess.
  7. Dip the fish into the batter, coating the entire fillet.
  8. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350F (180C). Fry the fish until golden and crisp, about 5 minutes.
  9. Make the tartar sauce: in a large bowl mix all sauce ingredients.


fish and chips

Fish and chips is a classic British dish that has been beloved for generations. This delicious meal is made up of battered and fried fish, traditionally cod or haddock, served with chips or French fries. The dish is said to have originated in the 19th century, but its exact history is shrouded in mystery. Some say it was invented by Jewish immigrants in London, while others claim it was first served by a man named John Lees in Mossely, Manchester in 1863. Regardless of its origin, one thing is certain: fish and chips has become a beloved staple of British cuisine.

One of the reasons for its popularity is the comforting and satisfying nature of the dish. The fish, lightly battered and fried, has a crispy exterior and a flaky, succulent interior, and the chips are cooked to perfection providing the perfect balance of texture. It's a meal that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It's also a beloved take-out food, whether you're enjoying it by the seaside on a sunny day or curled up at home on a rainy one. Many shops also offer a wide variety of dipping sauces, from traditional tartar sauce to more unconventional options like curry or sweet chili sauce. The versatility of fish and chips is one of the reasons why it remains so popular today.

Overall, fish and chips is a traditional and delicious dish that is still loved today, it's a food that brings people together and a perfect meal for any occasion. Whether you're a seasoned fish and chips fan or trying it for the first time, it's sure to be a hit.


There are a big variety of white fish that you can use to make fish and chips with them. Here a list of fish you can use: cod, haddock, barramundi, snapper, flathead, pollock and more.

If you are not sure which fish to use: Because there is a wide variety of fish at different freshness levels and different prices, I suggest going to the closest fish store to your home and asking for fresh white fish that is available. My recommendation is to choose fish that is as fresh as possible and affordable in price as much as possible.

The most popular choices in the UK are probably cod and haddock.

Homemade fish and chips


Beer makes such a great base for batter because it simultaneously adds three ingredients—carbon dioxide, foaming agents and alcohol—each of which brings to bear different aspects of physics and chemistry to make the crust light and crisp.

Beer is saturated with CO2. Unlike most solids, like salt and sugar, which dissolve better in hot liquids than they do in cold, gases dissolve more readily at low temperatures. Put beer into a batter mix, and when the batter hits the hot oil, the solubility of the CO2 plummets, and bubbles froth up, expanding the batter mix and lending it a lacy, crisp texture. (source: )

In conclusion, beer make a crispy coating and keeps the fish juicy and tender.  Therefore, I would not recommend using something different. It is important to understand that there is no alcohol in the final product, as the alcohol evaporates as the fish frying. So, if are worried about the alcohol for any reason, you should not be worried.


If for some reason you still insist not using beer, I would recommend using non-alcoholic beer or sparkling water.


tartar sauce for fish and chips

Tartar sauce is a beloved accompaniment for fish and chips, a classic British dish. This tangy, creamy sauce is typically made from a combination of ingredients such as mayonnaise, pickles, and capers, and it has its origin from France, originally known as "sauce tartare". It quickly made its way across the channel and in UK, it became a must-have condiment for fish and chip shops.

Tartar sauce is so popular thanks to its versatility, the tangy and refreshing taste that complement the fish in the batter so well. Furthermore, the creamy texture provides a nice contrast with the crispy texture of the chips. Nowadays, you can find a wide range of variations in different fish and chip shops, with some adding flavors like dill, herbs or lemon to give it a unique touch. Not only is it a staple in chip shops, but it's also quite easy to make at home, and you can find a variety of recipes online.

But not only it's a great match for fish and chips, tartar sauce also works as a dip for other seafood dishes, like fried shrimp, or as a spread on sandwiches, it’s a versatile condiment that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and it’s an essential part of any fish and chips meal. Overall, tartar sauce is a tasty and beloved condiment that adds an extra tangy and creamy touch to any fish and chips dish.


Here are a few tips to help you make the best fish and chips at home:

  1. Start with the freshest fish possible. Whether you're using cod, haddock, or another type of fish from the list above, make sure it's been properly stored and is as fresh as possible.
  2. Use a light and crispy batter. A beer batter or tempura batter made with sparkling water or club soda works well. It's also important to make sure the oil is hot enough (around 170-180C or 340-360F) to ensure the batter cooks quickly and doesn’t absorb too much oil.
  3. Double fry the chips. First fry at a lower temperature to cook them through, then increase the heat and fry again to get them crispy.
  4. Experiment with different types of oil. Different oils have different smoke points and will give different results. Some good options for fish and chips are vegetable oil, sunflower oil, canola oil or peanut oil.

By following these tips, you'll be able to make fish and chips that are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Not only that, but you'll be able to enjoy this classic dish in the comfort of your own home, and enjoy a taste of true British culture.

Fish and chips recipe


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