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Fish and chips recipe: How to make batter for fish

Whether you love cod, hake, or haddock, there’s nothing better than a super-crispy batter. Looking for a quick and tasty treat meal? This fish and chips recipe takes 15 minutes to prepare, and 40 minutes to cook. Express.co.uk talks you through BBC Good Food’s ‘golden beer-battered fish with chips’ recipe.

Ingredients

For the fish

  • 50g plain flour
  • 50g cornflour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • turmeric
  • 75ml lager beer
  • 75ml sparkling water
  • about 1 litre sunflower oil, for frying
  • 400g fillet sustainable cod, hake or haddock, halved

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For the chips

  • 750g potatoes, Maris Piper or Desiree, peeled and sliced into thick chips
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil

Chef James Martin showed This Morning hosts Holly and Phil how to recreate a traditional fish and chips takeaway at home.

He added gin and tonic to the batter and mixed it in with the flour and egg.

If you like, you should switch the beer out for gin. Find out James Martin’s recipe here.

Method

Step one

Combine the flour, cornflour, baking powder and turmeric in a large bowl, season, then spoon 1 tbsp onto a plate and set aside.

Step two

Gradually pour the beer and water into the bowl, stirring with a wooden spoon until you have a smooth, lump-free batter.

Leave to rest for 30 mins while you prepare the chips.

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Step three

Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Boil a large pan of water, then add the chipped potatoes and boil for 2-3 mins until the outsides are just tender but not soft.

Step four

Drain well, then tip onto a large baking tray with the flour, oil and some salt.

Step five

Gently toss together until all the potatoes are evenly coated and the flour is no longer dusty.

Step six

Roast for 30 mins, turning occasionally until the chips are golden and crisp.

Step seven

To cook the fish, heat the litre of oil in a deep saucepan until a drop of batter sizzles and crisps up straight away.

Step eight

Pat the fish dry with kitchen paper, then toss it in the reserved turmeric flour mix. Shake off any excess, then dip into the batter.

Step nine

Carefully lower each fillet into the hot oil and fry for 6-8 mins – depending on the thickness of the fish – until golden and crisp.

Step 10

Using a large slotted spoon, lift out the fish, drain on kitchen paper, then sprinkle with salt.

Step 11

Serve with the hot chips and tomato sauce.

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