This quintessential British dish holds a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike. Imagine sinking your teeth into a crispy golden batter, revealing tender flaky fish inside, accompanied by perfectly cooked chips. Our recipe captures the essence of this beloved dish, allowing you to recreate the authentic flavors of London’s bustling fish and chip shops right in your own kitchen. So, get ready to embrace the true taste of London with this timeless and irresistible recipe for Fish and Chips!
- 4 white fish fillets (such as cod or haddock)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup cold sparkling water
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- 4 large potatoes, cut into thick chips
- Salt, to taste
- Malt vinegar, for serving
- Tartar sauce or ketchup, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).
- In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and black pepper.
- Gradually add the cold sparkling water to the flour mixture, whisking until a smooth batter forms. The batter should have a thick but pourable consistency.
- Heat vegetable oil in a deep frying pan or pot over medium-high heat until it reaches 180°C (350°F).
- Pat the fish fillets dry with paper towels and season them with salt and pepper.
- Dip each fish fillet into the batter, ensuring it is evenly coated. Let any excess batter drip off before adding it to the hot oil.
- Gently place the battered fish into the hot oil and fry for approximately 4-5 minutes on each side, or until the batter turns golden brown and crispy.
- Remove the cooked fish from the oil and place it on a wire rack to drain excess oil.
- While the fish is draining, cook the thick-cut chips in the same hot oil for about 5-6 minutes, or until they turn golden and crispy.
- Remove the chips from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined baking sheet to absorb excess oil.
- Sprinkle the chips with salt to taste.
- Transfer the fish and chips to a baking sheet and keep them warm in the preheated oven for a few minutes.
- Serve the Fish and Chips with malt vinegar and tartar sauce or ketchup on the side.
- Enjoy this classic London dish with a cold pint of beer for a truly authentic experience!