Fish and chips is an internationally famous and loved dish. The crispy batter coating the fish, the citrusy smell of lemon, the yummy French fries make the perfect combination. While most people associate this originally British dish with something that has to exclusively be eaten in restuarants, it’s surprisingly easy to make at home. All it takes is four ingredients and around 10 minutes of prep. Sound too good to be true, well luckily it’s not!
Here’s what you’ll need:
2 – 4 medium sized fillets of any white fish (cod is a great choice!)
2 cups of regular flour
¼ teaspoon of baking soda
1 tablespoon of salt
¼ cup cold water
Juice of ½ lemon
2 cups of vegetable or sunflower oil
Lemon wedges for garnish
In a bowl mix together the 2 cups of flour, baking soda, and a ½ tablespoon of salt and sift thoroughly. In another bowl, place your fish fillets and add in the juice of half of a lemon and a half tablespoon of salt. Sprinkle a bit of flour over the fish fillets so that they are coated entirely.
Preheat your stove with a kettle or frying pan with enough oil to deep fry the fish. In the meantime, take the cold water and add it to the dry ingredients to form a batter. You have to use cold batter or otherwise the fish will not fry correctly.
Make sure that the batter is not too thick or too thin. It should stick to the fish without being paste like.
Once the oil is sufficiently hot add your fish and fry for 5 – 7 minutes on each side. Don’t turn it too frequently or otherwise the batter will fall off.
Serve with lemon wedges, baked fries, and tartar sauce and enjoy!