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A plate of classic English fish and chips with homemade tartar sauce.

Classic Fish and Chips

Course: Entree / Seafood
Cuisine: British, English
Keyword: Beer battered fish and chips, English fish n chips recipe, Fish and Chips, Fish n chips
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 259kcal
Classic Fish and Chips are comfort food at it's very best. Serve with Homemade Tartar Sauce and Southern Hush Puppies and you'll be eating like a king (or a queen).
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  • Deep fryer, or sturdy pot (i.e., Dutch oven) with a candy thermometer


  • 4 large potatoes preferably Russet, sliced into 2 1/4 x 3/8 strips (a mandolin makes this really easy)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 bottle beer your favorite ale, stout or lager
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 8 pieces cod
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Tartar sauce for serving


  • Place the potatoes in a bowl of ice water for about 30 minutes.
  • Heat the oil in a deep heavy skillet, or deep fryer to 330° F.
  • Drain the potatoes and dry them well with a kitchen towel.
  • Carefully, drop the potatoes, about 1 cup at a time, into the hot oil and fry for abut 3 minutes.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  • Repeat until all potatoes have gone through the 1st round of frying.
  • Increase the oil temperature to 365°F to 370°F.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Next, add in the egg and beer. Stir to mix.
  • Add a little more flour on a platter and dredge the fish fillets.
  • Add the floured fillet to the batter and let the excess batter drip off.
  • Carefully add the fish to the hot oil.
  • Cook until the fish is golden.
  • Drain on paper towels.
  • To finish the chips, fry the pre-cooked potatoes in the hot oil.
  • Fry until they are golden brown, and crisp, about 4 more minutes.
  • Drain on paper towels.
  • Serve fish with the chips and accompany with Homemade Tartar Sauce, lemon wedges, malt vinegar and Southern Hush Puppies!



Be sure to use the 2-fry method for the chips.  Fry first at lower temp (330°F) for 2 minutes, and then at a high temperature (365°F) for another 4 minutes.
You can use the same vessel to fry the fish and the fries with.  Do NOT fry the fish with the potato fries.  Small pieces of the batter will come off the fish as it fries.  If you are planning on frying additional fish or fries, you may want to consider using two different frying vessels, one for the chips and the other for the fish.  Those small batter chunks will start to burn if they are in the hot oil for too long. 
Use your favorite type of beer for the batter, almost all types will help make the fish crispy, the flavor/taste is up to you and what you like most. 
The batter can be made 1 day in advance.  Fish and chips are best served soon after they come out of the fryer!


Serving: 6g | Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 430mg | Potassium: 1151mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 51IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 9mg