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Ultimate Crispy Fish & Chips


Crispy beer batter, flaky fish and crunchy fries… who doesn’t love this takeaway classic? I’ve finally cracked how to achieve the most deliciously light batter at home, and can honestly say it’s foolproof – you’ll get restaurant quality fish, every time! 




15 minutes

1 hour


400g (14 oz) plain flour (all-purpose flour), put in the freezer for 15 minutes before using

3 tsp baking powder

½ tsp turmeric

1 cup cornflour (cornstarch)

320ml cold beer

280ml cold soda water

4 x 150g (5 oz) pieces firm white fish (e.g. snapper, barramundi or cod), kept cold in the fridge until ready to cook

sea salt and pepper

vegetable oil for deep frying

lime wedges to serve


Oven-baked chips:

6 large potatoes, cut into thin chips, soaked in water for 10 minutes

3 tbsp vegetable oil

2 tsp garlic powder

½ tsp sweet paprika

1 tsp sea salt


Spicy coconut sriracha mayo:

½ cup mayonnaise

¼ cup Marion’s Kitchen Coconut Sriracha (click here for where to buy)

1 tbsp soy sauce

Step 1

Preheat oven to 180°C/355°F.

Step 2

For the oven-baked chips, remove the potato from the water and pat dry with a clean tea towel. Sprinkle over the oil, garlic powder, paprika and salt. Gently toss to coat. Then roast in the oven for 1 hour (turning the chips over halfway).

Step 3

For the Spicy Coconut Sriracha Mayo, mix the ingredients in a small bowl.

Step 4

When ready to serve, heat enough vegetable oil to deep fry in a large, deep frying pan or wok over high heat.

Step 5

In a large bowl, whisk together the cold plain flour, baking powder and turmeric.

Step 6

Place the cornflour in large, wide bowl or tray.

Step 7

Place paper towel over a baking rack set over a baking tray.

Step 8

When the oil is hot (a wooden chopstick should start to bubble when dipped into the hot oil), whisk the cold beer and soda water into the plain flour mixture. Coat each piece of fish in the cornflour. Shake off the excess and then dip the fish into the batter before gently placing it into the hot oil. Repeat with remaining fish fillets (do this in batches if necessary). Cook for 5-6 minutes or until each piece is golden, crisp and cooked through. Drain on the paper towel.

Step 9

Serve fish straight away with the oven-baked chips, the spicy Coconut Sriracha mayo and a wedge of lime.

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J. Pirri
January 24, 2023


I love her recipes and her mom’s

too! AMAZING. Most important and it will still work…Everything must be COLD! Cornstarch on seasoned fish, Batter was 1 tsp baking powder, 1 cup flour, and cold Dry Italian Freixenet Rosé

(And some tap water… contest of alcoholic will) I can’t leave well enough alone because ADHD rules this roost. No turmeric because of salicylate sensitivity and I had no beer or soda water in the house!

January 11, 2023

I made it 😊

Loved it!! Came out perfect!

November 22, 2022

Looks and tastes just like takeaway, so easy !

I have always been nervous about frying battered fish, but this is so easy. They turned out beautifully golden, crisp but so perfectly cooked inside.

Highly highly recommend !

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