With budgets tightening everywhere, many might not have the spare cash lying around to splurge on popular fast food treats. Not to worry though, if you’re in the mood for a quick dish like fish and chips, there are other options available at your disposal. Instead of going out, why not plan ahead and pick up some additional supplies while you’re at the market so that you might be able to satisfy your localized cravings? In this article, we’re going to cover a quick and easy recipe which will not only meet your expectations, but also be fairly easy to accomplish, even for the novice cook.
First off, you’re going to need some type of deep fryer, assuming you want to make this process as quick and painless as possible. Sure, you can also use a simple large pot or perhaps a Dutch oven, but you’ll get the best results with an actual deep fryer or electric skillet that has some type of temperature gauge on it as well as a cage for easily adding and removing foot items from the oil.
Next, round up the ingredients; here’s what you’ll need:
4 (9 ounce) fish fillets haddock or cod, skin on, and pin boned
3 ¾ pints of vegetable oil
2 pounds of potatoes (preferably Russets)
1 cup plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup beer (preferably of a darker variety)
2 egg whites, whipped
*Optional – Tartar Sauce
Wash, lightly scrub and then cut up your potatoes lengthwise into relatively thin strips. While you’re preparing the other ingredients, soak your sliced potatoes in some cold water to prevent them from turning brown. Next, prepare the batter by mixing together the flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper then stir in the milk, beer and egg until the entire mixture is very smooth.
Set your fryer / appliance to 300 degrees F (160 degrees C) and once it’s reached the appropriate temperature, submerge your chips into the oil for at least 4 or 5 minutes, looking to color them slightly but not actually fully cook them. Remove the potatoes and pat them dry.
Next, dip your fish fillets into the batter mixture and then add them to the basket along with the softened chips and cook everything at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) until it turns a nice shade of golden brown. Remove from the oil and lightly pat dry with paper towels until most of the oil is soaked up. Optional final step – serve with tartar sauce