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Classic Fish and Chips

Classic Fish and Chips is a big favorite at this Nest! Tender Mild seasoned cod, dipped in a copy cat Long John Silvers batter… and fried till golden and crispy! Served with Oven Baked Potato Wedges. It’s YUM personified.

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Growing up in California… “Mr. Nest” and myself developed a deep abiding L.O.V.E. of seafood! Deep!

One of our favorites…Classic English Fish and Chips. Honestly there is nothing better than breaking into a flaky piece of mild cod, or halibut, dipped in a crispy flavorful batter. Squeeze a little lemon over those golden pieces of fish and it’s Heaven. Pure Heaven!

Basket full of Classic Fish and Chips

I decided to give our favorite classic a try! It can be a little tricky frying fish. You don’t want it oil logged and you don’t want it still flipping on the table either! (I know I don’t want it flip flopping on my table or my stomach!) Getting your oil to a prefect temp is crucial!

This recipe is Super TASTY! We both went NUTS over this recipe! If you love Fish and Chips you are going to love this recipe.

How To Make Fish and Chips

Start with the “chips”… they take a little longer to cook. I decided to do “baked” chips. (Ya know…keeping it healthy! Like diet coke with pizza!)

Wash, and slice 2 Golden Potatoes.

Washed and Sliced Golden Potatoes

Place sliced potatoes in a large gallon zip lock bag. Drizzle with Olive Oil. Season with Garlic Salt, Pepper, and Old Bay Seasoning.

Zip the bag closed and toss to coat. Mush them around in there.  They should be well coated. (Like a bathing beauty sun tanning in Mexico!)

Golden Potatoes in a zip lock bag

Place on a large baking sheet. Pop in a 375° preheated oven.  Set the timer for 15 minutes. Turn potato wedges over and continue to bake until golden brown.

Golden Potatoes on baking sheet

While the potatoes are baking…rinse and pat 1 lb of cod dry.  Cut into strips. Place fish on paper towels to absorb any extra moisture.

TIP: You can also use Halibut if you like that better than Cod. I loved the Cod.

Season with Old Bay Seasoning.

TIP: Don’t skip this step…it adds a depth of flavor to the fish.

Cod seasoned with Old Bay

In a medium bowl add ¾ cup of flour, 2 Tablespoons corn starch, ¼ tsp. baking soda, ¼ tsp. baking powder, ⅛ tsp. salt, ⅛ tsp. garlic powder, ⅛ tsp. onion powder, and ½ tsp Old Bay Seasoning.

Flour and spices for batter

Whisk all dry ingredients together.

Whisked flour ingredients

Add ¾ cup warm water.  Mix well until batter is smooth and there are no lumps.

Fish batter

Heat 3 inches of  oil to 375° in a dutch oven.  Once batter is hot dip fish fillets in the batter.

Fish Fillets in batter

Lift fish out with a fork. Carefully set fish into the hot oil. If fish should stick to the bottom of the pan, carefully lift it with a fork.

Let fry 4-5 minutes on each side still golden brown.

Fish frying in oil

Carefully remove from hot oil using a slotted spoon to remove from oil.

TIP: Place on an open rack on top of a sheet pan. Keep warm in oven while you are cooking remaining fish. Placing the fish on top of an open rack over a baking pan, helps to keep the fish crisp. Fish Fried and cooling on rack

I had extra batter and a zucchini sitting around…Soooooooo…I cut that zucchini up into wedges and dunked them in the left over batter and fried them up! (Ooops! There goes that “healthy” alternative down the ol’ toilet! We still have our diet soda’s to redeem us!) 

Place those golden “oven baked” seasoned “chips” on a plate or in a basket. Lay that crispy golden fish on top. Place zucchini next to it and sprinkle with grated Parmesan Cheese. (Now stand back and just admire that plate of YUM!)

Fish and Chips with fried zucchini

Serve with lemon wedges and tarter sauce! If you’re a lover of Malt Vinegar…go for it!

I personally think it’s imperative that the fish has a little splash of lemon! Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

Dig in! Close your eyes and take a great big bite and transport yourself to your favorite seaside village. It’s SO GOOD! If you’re a lover of fish like we are…you’re gonna love this recipe!

 

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Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a great day!

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Yield: 4 servings

Classic Fish and Chips

Classic Fish and Chips

Cod or Halibut dipped in a seasoned batter and fried to a golden crisp! It's Classic fish and chips and it's YUMMY!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. fish fillets, cod or halibut
  • ¾ cup of flour
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • ⅛ garlic powder
  • ⅛ onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. Old Bay Seasoning
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • Oil for frying

Chips

  • 2 large golden potatoes, washed and sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Salt, Pepper, and Old Bay Seasoning to taste

Zucchini

  • 1 large zucchini sliced into wedges
  • Parmesan cheese as garnish

Instructions

Chips

  1. Place sliced potato wedges in a large zip lock bag, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt, pepper, and Old Bay Seasoning. Shake bag to coat potatoes.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 375°
  3. Place potato wedges on baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn potato wedges over and cook an additional 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Remove and serve with fish.

Fish

  1. Wash, pat dry, cut fish into strips and season with Old Bay Seasoning.
  2. In a medium bowl place flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and additional seasonings. Mix with wire whisk.
  3. Add ¾ cup of warm water. Mix will until batter is smooth without lumps.
  4. Heat 3 inches of oil in a dutch oven to 375°
  5. Once hot, dip your fish fillets in the batter and carefully set into the hot oil.
  6. Fry 4-5 minutes on each side till golden brown.
  7. Place on a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet. Keep in warm oven until all the fish is fried.
  8. Serve with lemon, tartar sauce, or malt vinegar.

Zucchini

  1. Cut Zucchini into wedges and dip in remaining batter. Fry until golden brown and sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese.
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Mal

Monday 29th of June 2020

I’m English and I like to see adaptions of a dish I’ve been eating for over seven decades. Most people in the UK buy fish & chips as there are countless chippys around and the ‘Classic’ f&c is devoid of exotic seasoning, salt and malt vinegar is added at time of eating (although some chippys do provide a slice of lemon or sell tartar sauce these days). Your recipe looks very nice and the added seasonings I’m sure make a difference.

norine@norinesnest.com

Wednesday 1st of July 2020

I have a dream of visiting England some day and eating "real Fish and Chippys"!!! My husband loves to add Malt Vinegar to his...I'm not a huge Malt Vinegar fan...but Give me a salt shaker and the fish and chips and I'm in heaven! Thank you for stopping by and sharing with me. I love when readers take the time to share fun facts with me. It truly brightens my day! Have a great week and I hope you'll come back again soon. Happy Nesting! ~Norine

Joan

Wednesday 27th of May 2020

I plan on making classic fish and chips.

norine@norinesnest.com

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

Hi Joan! I'm planning on making this classic fish and chips in the next week too! The breading on this recipe is SO good and I love, love, love, fish and chips! I hope you enjoy this recipe! Happy Nesting! ~Norine

Tracey Bergerson

Tuesday 29th of October 2019

I did the fish- had no baking nor corn starch or the old bay seasoning . My 2 kids and granddaughter just loved it even tho 3 ingreds were missing! I will make it again for sure! Thank you for the recipe!

norine@norinesnest.com

Tuesday 29th of October 2019

Hi Tracey! I'm so glad the recipe worked out even with the missing ingredients! That's AWESOME...even more so that the kids loved it! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing with me. Hope you have a great week. Happy Nesting! ~Norine

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