Hands up who loves a bit of fish and chips ! I have both hands up. I grew up on this in good old grey London and I missed it so much. Since moving to Paris , that I started to make it at home. I must admit, it almost tastes as good as the corner chip shop down in Queen’s Park (Mr Fish) yes the one with the over powering smell of salt and vinegar, but also with the most amazing thick chips !
Anyway, as I did some research in Paris trying to find a proper ‘chippy’ I resigned myself to that fact that I could just make them at home, not only because it’s cheaper and easier but also because most use beer batter. Now I don’t drink alcohol, nor use it in my cooking. So I found a great alternative. Extremely COLD sparkling water ! It’s all about the bubbles you see, it makes the batter taste more fluffy and if there are more air pockets you will have a better cruncher batter. You achieve that through the fizz ! The beer just adds that extra flavour (I am told).
Truly this is an easy peazy lemon squeezy recipe so you really have no excuse for not cooking it. My family love it and so do I , happy tummies all round 🙂
You can serve this fried fish with chips of course and mushy peas. You can opt for a healthier version of boiled potatoes and salad. Also note that you can use any type of white fish, fresh or frozen and you can cut them to size … I found it easier with my children to give them two portions rather than your normal fillet size.
One more thing. I do not possess a deep frier … so I shallow fried the fish and it worked well.
4 White fish fillets
1 1/2 cup Flour
3 teaspoons of Baking powder
2 teaspoons of Turmeric powder
1 1/4 cup very COLD Sparkling water (Soda water)
Step 1. Turn the deep fryer on. If shallow frying, pour sunflower oil into a pan and tun it on maximum . Please BE CAREFUL and pay attention when using hot oil.
Step 2. Prepare the white fish by patting it dry with a paper towel. If using frozen squeeze all water out after a good defrosting. Then dust them with flour and add seasoning and leave aside.
Step 3. In a bowl add all the ingredients and mix well with a hand whisk.
Step 4. Dunk the fish into the batter and place into the hot oil , pan or fryer. Cook until golden. Serve hot.
Looks so delicious !