Homemade Fish and Chips

We have a wonderful little Halibut Fish and Chip Restaurant within a five minute drive. So when the craving for fish and chips hits I just phone in a order, wait five minutes  and by the time I get there they are almost ready to go.

But this time I decided to make my own. 

I swung by Cowichan Seafood on my way home from work and picked up the halibut.
The batter is one that I have used before when making tempura.   I normally use soda water for the liquid.  But for the fish batter I used beer.

This batter is perfect.  Light and crisp.

I always use Russet potatoes for fries.  Soaked in cold water and then double fried.

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 Fish and Chips (Batter)

Adapted from Gardenguru’s Tempura Batter
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup Club soda or Beer As cold as possible),
more as needed
Oil for deep-frying (I used canola Oil)

Mix flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking powder.
Add soda water gradually, stirring with a fork,
first to create a paste and then until mixture is like a thick pancake batter.
Heat oil for frying to 350 F – 375 F.
Dry Fish well. Dip into batter letting excess drip off before carefully slipping into hot oil.

Do not crowd pan.

Drain on paper towels.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Marysol says:

    Ann, the patriarchs in our family preferred a beer batter for fish. A little beer for the batter, a little for the cook, and so on.In any event, it certainly makes for a light, crispy batter, so evident in your delicious photo.

  2. Tarsha! says:

    Never thought to fry halibut! As beautiful as the pictures are I shall give a try!

  3. Thanks Sol. Tarsha, Halibut Fish and Chips is very common in Canada. It is what most fish and chip restaurants serve. Although Cod and Haddock are usually available.Ann

  4. This looks so good, I'll be making this at home for sure. Usually we would get fish and chips at this Mom and Pop Fish and Chips shop, but they have retired and another closed. For some reason they are not as popular as they used to be in Toronto.Thanks for sharing one of your recipes.

  5. Erica, is the Penrose Fish and Chips on Mt. Pleasant still around? That was always our favourite for Halibut and Chips. Ann

  6. Ann, I want you to adopt me. There, I said it. 😀 Seriously, your food (and photos) look so good, it is nearly enough to want me want to leave home. (shhh!) Plus, you live in paradise on earth, imo… I love that you give us a peek into your world–how fortunate are we??! Thank you for sharing all that you do. xo

  7. Anonymous says:

    I tried your recipes it was dilicious and tasty with the soda and beer, my client likes it very much.Best Regards

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