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Chip Shop Chips with Battered Fish

Proper Chip Shop Fish and Chips are a thing of great beauty and possibly the most evocative memory of growing up in the UK.

Proper Chip Shop Fish & Chips are a thing of great beauty and possibly the most evocative memory of growing up in the UK.

Cooking Chip Shop Fish and Chips at Home.

I had so much fun planning, shooting and cooking my chip shop Fish & Chips recipe.

It is not something we cook very often for a host of reasons but every now and then it is good to say ‘take a stroll’ to all the health nonsense.

Just cooking and eating something that makes you clap your hands like a child is always fun.

This recipe does that to me, I love it!

The aroma of malt vinegar and properly cooked chippy chips in dripping and a crunchy battered fish.

In many ways it is as evocative of my childhood as Toad in the Hole.

Regular readers will know I am also not averse to deep frying on occasion. If you are that way inclined you really should check out my deep fried goats cheese or indeed my crispy salt and pepper squid.

Sure you could find ways to roast or bake things, but it just is not the same.

Proper Chip Shop Fish & Chips are a thing of great beauty and possibly the most evocative memory of growing up in the UK.

Fish and Chips in Newspaper!

I even purchased my first newspaper in probably the best part of 10 years to get the full effect for this fish and chips recipe.

When I was young when you went to the chip shop your Fish & Chips always came wrapped in newspaper.

I can’t really remember when the practice died out. But to be honest I can understand why it did.

But the memory still lives on in my mind and probably in the minds of many British folk. Even those that are too young to remember it.

In fact, there was a really popular chip shop in Birmingham that bought specially printed paper with newsprint on it.

It had queues around the block for about half an hour before opening. It also only opened at lunchtime and it was in the middle of nowhere.

Proper Chip Shop Fish & Chips are a thing of great beauty and possibly the most evocative memory of growing up in the UK.

The Perfect Chips!

If my Chicken Balti recipe was a taste of me growing up then my Fish & Chips recipe is a taste of my childhood.

Getting perfectly golden chips that are fluffy inside but a little crispy on the outside.

Served with a crunchy battered piece of flaky white fish was the ultimate treat as a child and one I still love today.

The potatoes must be peeled and not uniform. The chips should be cut thick enough to not be french fries.

But you equally don’t want doorstops, everything needs to be just right and don’t forget the scraps!

The scraps are little crunchy bits that come from the batter for fish and chips. I always make extra right at the end of the cooking of this recipe.

As for condiments, I will let you argue that among yourselves.

I personally favour tomato ketchup and I am a squirt it all over kinda guy.

But my wife likes it in a neat pile and some tartar sauce on the other side for the fish.

Now far be it from me to say that is wrong, but it is wrong, just don’t tell her I wrote that.

Just one more thing, ditch the knife and fork, eat with your fingers.

The batter is firm and crispy enough to hold up to tearing a piece off and anything eaten with your fingers tastes better.

Proper Chip Shop Fish & Chips are a thing of great beauty and possibly the most evocative memory of growing up in the UK.
Chip Shop Fish & Chips Recipe
Yield: 2 Servings

Chip Shop Fish & Chips Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Proper Chip Shop fish and chips are a thing of great beauty and possibly the most evocative memory of growing up in the UK.

Ingredients

  • 600 g Potatoes
  • 150 g Plain Flour
  • 50 g Cornflour
  • 1 Pinch Salt
  • 150 ml Beer
  • 300 g Pollock
  • Malt Vinegar, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

Instructions

  1. Preheat your deep fat fryer to 140°C or 285°F.
  2. Diced your potatoes into chips roughly 1cm in profile. Don't worry about the roundness, keep aiming for 1cm the smaller chips go crispy giving the little crispier parts which are my favourite.
  3. Add your chips to the oil, if possible use beef dripping or lard... But I will let the health conscious of you out there use what ever oil you like... Who said I am not generous?
  4. Cook your chips until they are soft to the tip of the knife and remove from the oil and drain immediately on some kitchen towels.
  5. You can freeze your chips at this stage if you like, but ensure first that they have been thoroughly drained of oil by laying out in a single layer with kitchen towels above and below.
  6. Turn your deep fat fryer up as high as it will go 180-190°C or 350-375°F.
  7. Sift together the Plain Flour and Cornflour add the salt.
  8. Mix the beer with the flour and cornflour to form a thick batter, don't worry if it is a little lumpy, you will have more batter than you need but don't worry there is a plan for some of that.
  9. Dredge your fish with a little flour and place in to the batter.
  10. even coat the fish with batter.
  11. Place in the oil and hold in the oil for a moment until the batter crisps to prevent the fish from sticking to the bottom of the deep fat fryer.
  12. Cook for approximately 5-7 minutes until the batter has puffed up and gone golden, remove from the oil and drain.
  13. Add the chips to the oil and cook for 2 minutes, remove and drain.
  14. Finally pass some of the batter through a slotted spoon and cook for 2 minutes, fish & chips just aint right with out some batter scraps.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 858Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 137mgSodium: 560mgCarbohydrates: 131gFiber: 9gSugar: 11gProtein: 54g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.
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Kat

Monday 25th of February 2019

We called them batter bits!!!! And I wasn't far from Birmingham. Fortunately for me my mam worked in a chippy. ?. Always loved getting a bag of chips and tearing the top off and eating those wonderful steamed beauties walking home. Miss that and I'm going to try your recipe. All the chips in Toronto are cooked in canola oil and are awful! Now I just need a pukka pie and a battered sausage.

Brian Jones

Tuesday 26th of February 2019

Haha, don't get me started on different British names for the same produce ;) It is very rare to find decent chips in Hungary, you either get 'French fries' or steak wedges, both have their place but the real chip is missing :(

You comment may have me thinking about creating a batter sausage recipe :o

Corina Blum

Wednesday 21st of February 2018

These look perfect! The funny thing is I was never a fan of fish and chips when I was growing up. They're one of those things that I avoided for years and then recently my husband persuaded me to try them and I love them! I have definitely been missing out over the years!

Brian Jones

Thursday 22nd of February 2018

Oh man they were my favourite and now even more so.

Amanda

Wednesday 21st of February 2018

Think your fish and chips look way better than most chippies! I agree the smell of vinegar and the eating out of paper is very much an experience. We used to get a bag of scraps sometimes too. Your lovely pictures are bringing back lots of memories!

Brian Jones

Thursday 22nd of February 2018

Ha ha I mention scraps in the post, they were never put in a separate bag unless they were asked for separately. My mate Mum from school worked at our local chippie so the scraps were always generous :D

Jacqueline Debono

Wednesday 21st of February 2018

I now live in Italy, but am a Brit who loves fish and chips! Have never thought of making it myself. You have inspired me to give it a try. Hope my Sicilian hubby will like it too! Although if not, I can eat his as well!

Brian Jones

Wednesday 21st of February 2018

Haha, I have spent years working on everything from Fish and Chips to Sausage rolls, Pork Pie to Chicken Balti :D Odd really as a cook in Britain I always cooed food from 'elsewhere', British food has become much more prevalent in my cooking in the 10 years since I left. Nowt as strange as folk ;)

LydiaF

Monday 21st of December 2015

While watching a documentary the other day we learned fish and chips were not rationed during WWII which was probably a good thing since all the other proteins were rationed. I've yet to come across fish and chips in Spain and I'm not sure why. I think they'd be very popular as batter fried cod is widely available (look for tajadas de bacalao) as are patatas fritas. I'm sure if I ventured to the Brit enclaves in the south I'd run into them :).

Brian Jones

Thursday 24th of December 2015

I remember my Grandmother telling me about the queues that formed at Fish and Chip shops for that very reason, but she also said that it was a treat as it became really expensive and the quality of fat reduced due to other rationing and made it not very enjoyable. Oddly enough as a Brit I have not spent a great deal of time in Spain but we get a Hungarian version of Battered Fish using Harcsa which is a fresh water Cat fish that works really well.