I live in a seaside town, so there is definitely no shortage of places to get some traditional Fish & Chips. But there is nothing better than making your own at home. I don’t have any vivid memories of fish and chips beside the sea when I was younger, it is only now I have grown to love the smell of fresh fish and vinegar in the air on a sunny summers afternoon. When I think of fish and chips at home I automatically think of baked battered fish, which is always soggy and a soggy bottom is not something I enjoy. I don’t think people realise how easy it is to make battered fish at home from scratch. It is a lot simpler than you think and I promise it tastes a hundred times better than any soggy oven fish will! All you need is a deep fat fryer, or a large pot of oil and a thermometer.
It is so hot in Ireland at the moment which is a rarity. It is like the country goes into melt down when the heat is here, no one knows what to do! But one thing for certain, the beach will be packed. My favourite thing on a sunny day is a 99 ice-cream complete with sprinkles and syrup. It is better than any artisan soft scoop. Living close to the sea, I think you can forget how amazing the fresh sea air can feel. But on days when the sun is glistening on the water, I really appreciate the beauty of living on the coast. But lets not forget, we are still in Ireland here and there is no way I am stripping down and going for a dip in that water!
Beer Battered Fish – don’t be put off my the name. Yes, it does have beer in the batter, but I promise you, you can’t taste it! Beer gives the batter a really light texture from all the bubbles. I aint a beer kinda gal, and I really love beer battered fish. If the idea of cooking with beer is really putting you off, you can use sparkling water instead. It is all about the bubbles! If you have never made your own fish and chips at home, give this recipe a go, you will surprised with how simple it really is. Enjoy it out in the sun, or tucked up on the sofa – it is perfect no matter what you’re up to!
Beer Battered Fish & Chips
Enough for two people 🙂
2 fillets of white fish (I prefer cod or haddock)
150g plain flour
250ml beer (I used golden ale)
pinch salt & pepper
2 large potatoes
– Pre-heat your deep fat fryer to 190c or if using a pot of oil, heat it over a high heat until it reaches temperature.
– Cut your potatoes into strips about 1cm thick and place in water until cooking.
– Cut the fish into thick strips.
– Cook your chips in the fryer for about 8 minutes until cooked through. Place on a plate lined with kitchen roll.
– Slowly add the beer to the flour, salt and pepper. Whisk until smooth. Don’t make the batter until you are ready to cook the fish!
– Dip the fish in the batter, allowing the excess to drip off. Cook in the oil about 3 strips at a time for 2-3 minutes each side. When the batter is golden brown and the fish is cooked place on a plate with kitchen roll.
– Continue to cook the coat and cook the fish. The prawns only need about 3 minutes in total.
– Throw the chips back in for about 2 minutes to crisp up and heat through.
– Serve your fish and chips with some mushy peas for a traditional fish and chip feel!