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Fish and chips is a classic British dish that has been enjoyed for generations. It's a delicious and comforting meal that's perfect for a weekend dinner or a casual night in. While you may think that fish and chips can only be enjoyed at a restaurant or a fish and chips shop, it's actually quite easy to make at home! In this post, we'll show you how to make fish and chips that are just as good as the ones you can get at your local chippy.
4 fillets of white fish (such as cod or haddock)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 cup beer (lager or ale)
Vegetable oil, for frying
Start by making the chips. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Spread the chopped potatoes on a baking sheet and toss them with 2 tbsp of vegetable oil and a pinch of salt. Roast in the oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until crispy and golden brown.
While the chips are cooking, prepare the fish batter. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Slowly pour in the beer, whisking the mixture together until it forms a smooth batter.
Heat the vegetable oil in a deep frying pan over medium-high heat until it reaches 375°F (190°C).
Dip each fish fillet in the batter, making sure it's fully coated, and then carefully place it in the hot oil. Fry for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until the fish is crispy and golden brown. Remove the fish from the oil and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to remove any excess oil.
Serve the fish and chips hot with a side of tartar sauce or malt vinegar, if desired.
Make sure to use a white fish that's firm enough to hold its shape during frying, such as cod, haddock, or pollock.
For an even crispier fish batter, you can add a tablespoon of cornstarch to the flour mixture.
To keep the chips from sticking together during baking, make sure they're spread out in a single layer on the baking sheet.
If you don't have a deep frying pan, you can use a Dutch oven or a heavy-bottomed pot.
Now you can enjoy a classic British dish in the comfort of your own home! With just a few simple ingredients and some basic kitchen equipment, you can make fish and chips that are just as good as the ones you can get at your local chippy.