British Fish & Chips
British Fish & Chips are a national treasure and there’s no denying their popularity. Fresh cod is beer battered then shallow fried to golden perfect and served with a side of thick cut chips and peas.
Fish and chips shops in England seem like they are on every corner. You can’t walk down any high street without walking by a fish and chip shop and smelling the all-familiar smell of fried fish and chips.
Fish and chips are synonymous with going to the beach. Not the sitting in the sand in your bathing suit kind of beach visit.
This is about a slow walk along the promenade with your fish and chips wrapped in paper, while taking in the sea air type of visit. And this all makes them taste just that much better.
The fish is made using a meaty cod or haddock. The batter is (of course) a beer batter, and the beer not only adds great flavor, but the combination of the bubbles and baking powder makes for a light and very crispy batter when fried.
The beer adds a little flavor, but mostly for the fizz to make the batter light and crispy.
Usually served with mushy peas . Mushy peas are not just sweet green peas that are mashed. They are made with dried marrowfat peas that are soaked, then cooked until they get mushy. They are not as sweet.
If you look in the pictures, you can see something that is vibrant green. I broke from the mushy pea tradition this time by taking inspiration from the last time I was in a hotel in the south of England where they served my fish and chips with a pea purée.
Fresh, cooked peas are blended with a little liquid (I used chicken stock), salt and pepper and blended until you get a thick consistency. It works so well with the fish and chips and the vibrant green color is stunning.
I know some people who like to enjoy their fish and chips with British baked beans. If this is you, I have a very popular recipe for these.
The chips are thick cut, not thin ones, those are French fries. These are proper British chips and you must call them that when you are in a ‘chippy’ (a fish and chip shop) or pretty much anywhere in the U.K.
As far as condiments, malt vinegar is a must, drizzled all over the fish and the chips if you like, and most people do. Ketchup is also a favorite along with a good tartar sauce, and that’s how you do fish and chips right.
11 Comments on “British Fish & Chips”
Can you suggest non-alcoholic substitute for the beer?
This is a great question. You can use non-alcoholic beer, or, if you don’t want to use beer at all a fizzy beverage like an unflavored soda or seltzer water. Enjoy.
Tried the fish and chips recipe which was good. The only thing I did different was to parboil the chips which made them fluffy. A sprinkle of sea salt and malt vinegar made them perfect . I was born and bred In Scotland where some if the best fish and chips can be found. I haven’t found a decent fish and chips place in England where I live , so making them at home is the next best thing.
That is a shame you don’t have a good place for fish and chips, but homemade is always a good option.
Kamal, I suggest you go to the east coast of England (Yorkshire, Humberside Lincolnshire areas) and try their fish & chips, which are almost always still deep fried in beef dripping, how they were originally cooked, absolutely delicious. I’m not from the east coast but North West England so I’m not touting for business, just know my fish & chips!
Hi Janette love your site, please keep up the good work bringing your recipe’s
Thank you so much Marion 🙂
I spent some time in London this summer and ate so many fish and chips. I came home wanting more and found your recipe and the fish just what I’ve been missing. This is a keeper and I will make often.
This is a wonderful compliment, thank you and I hope you enjoyed your vacation.
I’m so impressed you made your own real fish n chips!! We have an incredible chippy near us. I’ll miss it when we go to Australia and will definitely need this recipe!
I would go to the UK just for this meal, how exciting that now I can make this at home!
I love fish and chips. Can’t wait to try this recipe! Looks amazing!