Fish N Chips

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Ingredients

  • 225 g flour , plus extra for dusting
  • 285 ml beer , cold
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 900 g potatoes , peeled and cut into baton
  • Refined oil , for deep-frying
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 225 g white fish fillets

 Method

 

  1. Pour the refined oil into your deep fat fryer or a large frying pan and heat it to 190ºC/375ºF. Mix the salt and pepper together and season the fish fillets on both sides. This will help to remove any excess water, making the fish really meaty. Whisk the flour, beer and baking powder together until nice and shiny. The texture should be like semi-whipped double cream (i.e. it should stick to whatever you’re coating). Dust each fish fillet in a little of the extra flour, then dip into the batter and allow any excess to drip off. Holding one end, lower the fish into the oil one by one, carefully so you don’t get splashed . Cook for 4 minutes or so, until the batter is golden and crisp.

Meanwhile, parboil your chips in salted boiling water for about 4 or 5 minutes until softened but still retaining their shape, then drain them in a colander and leave to steam completely dry. When all the moisture has disappeared, fry them in the oil that the fish were cooked in at 180ºC/350ºF until golden and crisp.  When they are done, drain them on kitchen paper, season with salt, and serve with the fish

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