Batter dipped fish of your choice fried to a golden brown.
Keyword: fish, lent
Skill Level: Basic
1cupAll Purpose Flour
1 1/2Teaspoonsbaking powder
8MediumPotatoes peeled and cut into finger thickness
Salt and Malt Brown Vinegar for serving
8fish filets of your choice
If you are using frozen fish, defrost it.
Turn oven on to 300F,
Heat up the oil in your fry pan until it reaches 350F.
Check over your fish for any bones. If you have a thick part and thin part of the fish, cut the thin part off. Pat dry with paper towel.
Mix your flour and salt and pepper well in a shallow dish and cover the fish with the flour shaking off any loose flour.
Mix in salt and pepper coating fish with flour
Make up the batter. Add all ingredients and give it a light whisk. Don't worry if there are lumps in the batter. This is good!
Peel and cut the potatoes into chip shapes, then rinse and pat dry with a clean towel.
Carefully place the chips into the fry pan, and allow to cook gently for approximately 8 minutes. They should turn soft and still have a pale color. You can check if the chips are cooked by using a sharp knife and feeling if it's soft inside.
Take them out of the pan and place on your baking tray for now. We will refry them after the fish to give them a super crisp.
If you don't have a thermometer, drop a bit of batter or end of a chip in the oil and see if it sizzles to the surface, testing if the oil is hot enough
Increase your oil heat to 350F.
Place a few sheets of paper towel in your baking tray. We will use this to place the fish once it's cooked.
Cook 1 or 2 pieces of fish at a time. Take the end of a piece of fish, place it in the batter and coat it well. Take it out of the batter and leave the excess to drip off, say for about 5 seconds.
Then gently place it in the hot oil, and cook for 7 - 8 minutes until it becomes crispy and golden brown. If the batter starts going brown too quickly, turn the temperature down a little.
Place on the paper towel and keep warm in the oven. Cook the other pieces of fish the same way and add to the oven.
When you've finished cooking the fish, scoop out any bits of batter floating in the pan or fryer.
Return the chips back to the fryer and cook for 3 minutes until they are brown and crispy. When done, drain off the excess oil.