Can’t get to England? Why not make your own crunchy beer battered fish and homemade “chips” (french fries) for dinner, in the comfort of your home!Can't get to England? Why not make your own crunchy beer battered fish and homemade "chips" (french fries) for dinner, in the comfort of your own home!
I don’t fry food too much these days as a rule… every couple of months I will make fried chicken to honor our family’s Southern roots, BUT THEN I SAW IT… a recipe on Pinterest for Beer Battered Fish and Chips.

Against all my common sense, I think I heard the recipe calling to me, bringing back memories of a summer I spent in England years ago, and the smell of fish and chips available everywhere, served wrapped up in paper, and piping hot! I loved buying fish and chips from local vendors in several of the towns I visited. Such a great memory.

Occasionally my husband or I will order this meal in a restaurant; the thought of making my own seemed daunting, but I am always trying to learn. So I decided to try and make my own replica of British fish and chips. GULP. I crossed my fingers, toes, eyes, and anything else that I could cross, and plunged in! I used thick pieces of frozen cod for this recipe and found it, as well as the batter, to be wonderful! And how can ya go wrong with some good “chips”… FRIES???

I enjoyed every single bite of my crispy coated pieces of fish (with some good Malt Vinegar on them), and loved the delicious “chips” dipped in ketchup. The chips (fries) are cooked twice to get them nice and crispy, and let me tell you… they were tasty! So there you have it… I was glad I made this recipe.  Yum! The only thing missing was having this meal served, wrapped up in a big old piece of greasy paper… but I can live without that! Here’s a peek at the “process” for making this dish:

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Prepare The Potatoes For Frying

Peel the potatoes, then cut them into sticks for the “chips” (fries). Pat them dry with paper towels.

Potatoes are peeled, then sliced to make British style "chips"

Cook the fries in HOT oil for about 8 minutes.

Potatoes cook in hot oil for 8 minutes

After cooking for about 8 minutes, remove the “chips” from the oil, to drain while the fish is cooked.

Fries are drained after first cooking

Prep The Fish for Frying

All the pieces of fish are lightly coated in a flour/salt/pepper mixture and then set aside, while the batter is being made.

Fish pieces are coated in seasoned flour

Beer batter is made, and then the flour coated fish pieces are dipped in it and coated with batter before frying.

Beer batter is made for the fish

Time To Cook The Beer Battered Fish

Cook the battered fish pieces in HOT oil (350 degrees) for 7-8 minutes until golden brown and crispy on all sides.

Beer battered fish pieces are cooked in hot oil

Drain the cooked pieces of fish while chips (fries) go back into hot oil for 2nd time, for an additional 3-4 minutes.

Beer battered fish drains on paper towel after cooking

Fries (Chips) Get Cooked A Second Time

Put the fries back into the hot oil (after removing the fish), and cooked again. This time they are cooked for 3-4 minutes until they’re nice and crispy.

The "chips" (french fries) go back into hot oil for 2nd cooking

Time To Eat Some Beer Battered Fish And Chips!

Okay… now the beer battered fish and chips are hot, and ready to gobble up! Grab some Malt Vinegar or tartar sauce to serve with the fish, and enjoy!

Beer battered fish and chips are now served!

I love experimenting with food in our kitchen. I enjoy getting out of my comfort zone, learning about and trying new recipes for the first time! Maybe if you’re feeling adventurous too, you will give this fish and chips recipe a try. I highly recommend it!

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Fish and Chips
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Can't get to England? Why not make your own crunchy beer battered fish and homemade "chips" (french fries) for dinner, in the comfort of your own home!
Category: Entree
Cuisine: British
Keyword: fish and chips
Servings: 2 servings
Calories Per Serving: 901 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
For fish:
  • 4 pieces cod (thick pieces-about 1 1/2 inches thick- I used frozen cod pieces)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper , to season fish
For batter:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 7 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 6-7 Tablespoons beer (light beer is best). Club soda may be substituted.
For Chips:
  • 2 small to medium potatoes per person (peeled , cut into "finger thickness"
Serve With:
  • Malt Vinegar and/or Tartar Sauce
  1. Pat fish filets dry with a paper towel. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and pepper. Gently dredge the fish in the flour, turning to coat completely. Shake off excess flour; set flour covered filets aside.
  2. Make the batter for the fish: Add all batter ingredients to a medium bowl, except for the beer (or club soda). Whisk to combine. There will be some lumps. That's okay. Set batter aside.
  3. Make the chips: Peel, then cut potatoes into finger thickness. Slice potatoes lengthwise, then into strips. Dry the potatoes as much as you can by patting them dry with paper towels.
  4. Heat oil in large skillet or stock pot until it reaches 350 degrees. (No thermometer? Try dropping a tiny bit of batter into oil... it should really sizzle, and come to the surface!). Carefully put cut potatoes into hot oil. Let them cook for about 8 minutes. Remove potatoes from hot oil (I used a spatula to help remove them). Place hot potatoes onto a baking pan or a wire rack with paper towels underneath, to drain, while you cook the fish. (You will cook the potatoes a 2nd time AFTER the fish has cooked).
  5. Add the beer or club soda to the batter, and gently mix to combine. The batter should have the consistency of slightly thinned yogurt. If it is too thick, add just a touch more beer, and stir.
  6. Heat the oil back up to 350 degrees. While it is heating back up, place parchment paper on baking sheet (to hold the fish after you remove it from the hot oil). If you are cooking for more than two people, see notes section for tip). Place flour covered fish pieces, one at a time, into the batter and fully cover with batter. Let excess batter run off fish back into bowl. Gently put battered fish into 350 degree (HOT) oil. Cook a few pieces at a time. Cook fish for 7-8 minutes, turning once, until golden brown and crispy on both sides. Remove cooked fish to parchment paper lined baking sheet to keep warm while you cook additional fish, then re-cook the "chips".
  7. When done cooking the fish, heat the oil back to 350 degrees. Carefully add the chips. Cook for 3-4 additional minutes, until crispy and hot! Remove chips, drain.
  8. Serve hot pieces of fish, a serving of "chips" on the side, along with some Malt Vinegar and/or tartar sauce. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

I only cooked enough fish for two people. If you're cooking for more than 2, cook the fish in batches. Keep your oven heated to 300 degrees. As you remove cooked fish from oil, place it on paper-lined baking sheets; keep fish warm in oven until ready to serve.
Calculate about 5 ounces fish per person. Malt vinegar and tartar sauce not included in caloric calculation.

Nutrition Facts
Fish and Chips
Amount Per Serving (2 pieces fish+ fries)
Calories 901 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 148mg49%
Sodium 231mg10%
Potassium 2621mg75%
Carbohydrates 121g40%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 79g158%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 22.8mg28%
Calcium 320mg32%
Iron 12.9mg72%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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