Beer-battered fish and chips

Speedy cooked this delicious dish of fish and chips. The batter used for coating the fish was made with flour, salt, pepper, stout beer and yeast. No eggs, no bread crumbs. Amazing just how light and crisp the coating was. Not bread-like at all. And not thick that it absorbs too much oil. Just a wisp of crust that enfolds the fish so that all its natural juices are retained. Whether it was the beer or the yeast that did that to the crust, I am not sure. But I love the contrast in color and texture in this dish. White fish inside, golden brown crust outside. Moist and juicy fish inside, light and crisp crust outside.

Beer-battered fish and chips

In Britain, the battered and deep fried fish is half of the classic fish and chips combo. Ideally, to make sure that both fish and chips are hot and in perfect newly-fried condition when they are served, they should be cooked at the same time in two different frying pans (or deep fryers, if you have them). If you’re a wiz at multi-tasking, you can do that. If not, I suggest that you fry the potatoes first as they take a bit longer to cook. The fish cooks in a jiffy.

Ingredients

  • 1 kg. of fish fillets no more than 3/4 inch thick (Speedy used cream dory), each fillet cut in serving-size pieces
    about 2 c. of all-purpose flour
    about 1 c. of stout beer (Speedy used Guinness)
    salt and pepper
    1 tsp. of instant dry yeast
    about 2 c. of cooking oil for deep-frying

    To serve:

    French fries
    a dipping sauce made with equal amounts of mayo and ketchup (Speedy used Japanese mayo)

Instructions

  1. Place the cup in a bowl.

    Make a well at the center and pour in the beer.

    Mix to make a rather thin batter with the consistency of pancake batter. You may need to add more flour or beer to get the right consistency.

    Add salt and pepper. Stir in the yeast. Leave for the yeast to become active, about 30 minutes.

    Meanwhile, make the French fries. See French fries: hand-cut and home-cooked. The only difference between the linked recipe and how Speedy did the fries that went with the fish is that he soaked the cut potatoes just long enough for the oil to get hot.

    By the time the fries are done, the batter should be almost ready. Start preparing the fish. Dab with paper towels to remove excess moisture as the batter will not stick properly to the fish if it is wet.

    Heat the oil (the oil in which the fries were cooked are perfectly all right to use).

    Dip each piece of fish fillet in the batter.

    Fry until golden, flipping over for even cooking. This should take about a minute or two for each side.

    Remember not to overcrowd the pan. Fry only one or two pieces at a time.

    As each piece of fish cooks, scoop out of the oil and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to get rid of excess oil.

    Beer-battered fish and chips

    Arrange your fish and chips on a plate. Serve at once with the mayo-ketchup dip on the side.

Cooking time (duration): 35 minutes including the time to make the French fries

Number of servings (yield): 3 to 4

  • nina

    looks very crunchy.. did you try this with vinegar? some would douse vinegar over their fish and chips.

    • Connie

      No, we haven’t. Is it good with vinegar?

      • Bessie

        Yes, malt vinegar ( english style) or salt while hot. Masarap! Thanks for this recipe. :-)

      • http://none Crisma

        Yes, it is good with vinegar too…We’ve tried it. Use cane vinegar with some minced garlic, a little salt and pepper and a little white or brown sugar…(but of course, para lang sa battered fish yun) Mayo pa rin ang para sa chips…

        This one looks perfect! Great job, Speedy!

      • Joanne

        This is traditionally Irish food, is usually served with malt vinegar and (coleslaw). A wedge of lemon is good too if the vinegar isn’t available.

  • Rein

    I’ve tried this with malt vinegar and lemon. It reminds me of old, foggy London. :)

  • http://archlen.blogspot.com/ ArchLen

    This is my son’s favorite. Will try this recipe soon. Thanks po!

  • http://elacebuchebuilders.com cathy

    can i use san mig beer? i love fish fillet i want to try this

  • mel

    yup its good with apple cider vinegar (Heinz brand). more of pampawala ng suya.

  • irene

    Lemon is also good for fish and chips. Can i substitute active dry yeast for instant?

  • eloina estacio

    Hi Connie

    I like fish and chips,and your recipe looks so good and would really like to try it,but where can I buy fresh cream dory and what is it called in Filipino?Thanks and best regards

    • Connie

      Frozen creamy dory fillets are available in most supermarkets. They go by no other name but cream dory.

  • Connie

    For those asking about substitutions, please click here.

  • Eych Masigon

    Would love to try this during the Lent. Is Dry Yeast available in all supermarkets? Which section usually? I’m a bit hesitant that the sales associates will be familiar with it. Thanks!

    • Connie

      It is. Baking section.

  • http://www.kickasschef.com kenneth

    There’s probably a couple of fush & chups shop in every suburb here in NZ. But this recipe looks amazing & not too “bready”.:D I like making the dip with sweet chilli sauce + mayo. Gives an extra kick.

  • ailene

    tried it his morning for breakfast without the fries, with garlic mayo dip, also used lager beer can’t find any stout beer in the supermarket but it still turned out yummy! batter is better, not so much of the bread. really loved this recipe.. :)

  • http://applesanddumplings.blogspot.com apples

    Hi! Where can stout beer be bought? Thanks!

    • Connie

      Supermarket. :)

  • Maven

    My children loves fish and chips always have them twice a mo. Also requests to have school dinner if it’s serve in school. I tried your recipe and much better than the pre-cooked ready made bought ones. Thanks for sharing it. It is nice with malt vinegar and some mashy peas for us adults but for my children they like the fish with tartare sauce.

    • Connie

      That reminds me… been planning on posting a recipe for tartare sauce for a long time…:)

  • Bheta

    what can i substitute with beer? thank you

    • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

      Well, if you substitute something else for the beer, it wouldn’t be beer-battered fish and chips, would it…