Blue cod is a popular choice for fish and chips here in NZ. The flesh is firm but delicate and when cooked right it remains moist and delicious. Using a quality beer adds great flavour to the batter.
Want to know the chefs secret for perfecting that crisp batter, let us show you how!
For the beer battered fish:
- Blue cod fillets - or a firm but flaky fish that is sustainable in your region. A per person portion is about 150g.
- Beer - we used a 'Pan head' pale ale - choose your favourite but quality will create best flavour here.
- Plain flour - for the batter and extra for dusting the fish
- Turmeric (ground) - adds a nice colour to the batter
- A pinch of salt
- And a lemon.
For homemade rustic chips:
- Potatoes - go for a starchy potato for best texture, Maris pipers, Russet, King Edwards or a Yukon gold all work well.
- Oil - canola or any non flavoured vegetable oil.
- Spice mix - smoked paprika, dried rosemary, cumin seed, salt and pepper.
For the tartare sauce:
- Fresh chopped
- Worcestershire sauce.
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How to make beer battered fish
Step 1 - Prepare the batter.
It's important to let the batter rest and chill in the fridge, so prepare it ahead of time. Simple whisk together the beer, flour, turmeric and pinch of salt, until the batter is smooth. Cover it and place in the fridge.
Step 2 - Batter the fish.
Half fill a medium size pot with oil and heat on the stove until it reaches 180 °C / 355 °F.
Place 100g of flour on to a plate and season with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Dust each piece of fish in the seasoned flour. Then dredge the fish in the batter giving it a good coating, wipe any excess batter off the fish on the side of the bowl as you pull it out.
Step 3 - Cook the fish.
Once the oil is hot enough, gentle lay the fillets into the hot oil and fry until the golden is golden and crisp. This will take around 2-3 minutes, once cooked remove the fillets and place on a paper towel. This will allow absorb excess oil from the fish.
That's it, serve with your sides and enjoy!
How to make homemade chunky chips
To make delicious crisp chips at home, cut your potatoes into thick chips, then place in a large bowl. Add the spice mix and oil, then mix well, making sure all chips are make coated.
#Pro chef tip
Heat a cast iron dish (or heavy bottom oven proof dish) on the stove until hot. Add the seasoned chips and let them crisp up a little then place them into a preheated 200 °C / 390 °F fan oven.
Stir now and again, cook until chips are crisp and potato is cooked through. This will take 30 - 40 minutes depending on the thickness of your chips.
Homemade tartare sauce
Homemade tartare sauce so super simple and delicious to make. This element can be prepared ahead and stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
Simply add the mayonnaise, diced gherkins, chopped capers, lemon juice, chopped fresh parsley and worcestershire sauce to a bowl and mix well. Then pop in the fridge, this flavour packed sauce goes amazingly with the crisp battered fish. YUM!
(Check out the recipe card below for qualities)
How to make fish batter crispy?
Our recipe creates a delicious beer batter full of flavour. But for the perfect battered fish you want to create a crisp finish to the batter.
What's the secret to creating the perfect batter?!
#Pro chef tip
Make sure your batter is cold! So pre chill it in the fridge. Then make sure your oil is hot! It's that simple!
What fish is best for homemade fish and chips?
We love blue cod but make sure you choose a fish that's sustainable for your region. For great homemade fish and chips, choose a firm but flakey fish.
We love eating fish and seafood but we want to make sure that generations to come are able to enjoy it too. Selecting fish thats sustainable is more important then ever. We also recommend getting to know you local suppliers and finding out how the fish is being caught.
Crispy beer battered fish and chips, is a delicious dish to share with family and friends. Follow our recipe and tips for the perfect Friday night feast and enjoy this classic!!
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Beer Battered Fish And Chips
- 600 g Blue cod fillets Cut into four 150g portions (See note 1)
- 1 Lemon Cut into cheeks
- 250 ml Pan Head pale ale Or use your favourite, good quality beer
- 120 g Plain flour
- ¼ teaspoon Turmeric
- Pinch of salt
- 100 g Plain flour Additional for dusting your fish fillets
- 3 Medium potatoes Washed, cut into thick chips (See note 2)
- 4 tablespoon Canola oil Or any non flavoured vegetable oil.
- 2 teaspoon Smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon Dried rosemary
- 2 teaspoon Cumin seeds
- Salt and ground pepper To taste
- 150 g Mayonnaise
- 2 Gherkins Finely dices
- 1 teaspoon Capers Chopped
- ½ Lemon Juice only
- Small bunch Fresh parsley Chopped
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- To make your beer batter, place your beer into a bowl, add the flour, turmeric and salt, whisk until smooth then chill in the fridge until later.
- Pre heat your oven to fan 200 °C / 390 °F
- To make your rustic fries, place your cut potatoes into a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients, give them a good mix to coat the chips evenly.
- Heat a cast iron dish (or heavy ovenproof pan) on the stove top until hot, add the seasoned chips. Let them crisp a little then place into the oven. Give them a stir now and again. Cook until the chips are crisp and cooked through, depending on size around 30-40 mins.
Real Tartare Sauce
- To Make the tartare sauce, place your mayonnaise into a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Cover and place in the fridge until later.
To Batter And Cook Your Fish
- Half fill a medium sized pot with oil, heat until it reaches 180 °C / 355 °F (See note 3)
- Place the flour onto a plate and season with a good pinch of salt and pepper
- Dust each piece of fish with the seasoned flour, then dredge through the batter, wiping the excess batter from the fillet on the side of the bowl.
- Gently lay the fillets into your hot oil and fry until golden and crisp. This should only take 2-3 minutes, once cooked remove the fillets from the oil and drain on a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.
- Serve with your rustic chips, tartare sauce and lemon cheeks. Enjoy!