With all this gorgeously sunny and warm weather we’ve been having, we’re certain that many trips to the beach have been had. And of course, when you’re at the beach you’ve just got to have fish and chips! Today, we’re sharing this recipe for homemade fish and chips (which is definitely just as good as seaside food) for the days that a bit cooler and the beach isn’t calling you. In this recipe, we will also be sharing how to make a gherkin and caper sauce, which is the perfect accompaniment for this dish!
- 3 large baking potatoes
- Splash of vegetable oil
- Splash of olive oil
- 2 thick fillets of cod, about 225g each
- Plain flour, for dusting
- Handful of baby gherkins, drained and cut into quarters
- Handful of capers, drained
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Handful of chopped parsley
- Small handful of snipped chives
- Preheat your oven to 220c/fan 200c/gas mark 7.
- Cut the unpeeled potatoes into thick slices, then cut each slice into thick chips. Cook in a pan of boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Drain and spill on to kitchen paper to get rid of excess water. Put into a large roasting tray and drizzle with a good splash of vegetable oil. Toss the chips well so they are coated all over. Pop into the oven for 25-30 minutes, tossing once, until golden.
- About 15 minutes before the chips are done, heat a large, heavy-based pan with olive oil. Dust the fish all over with flour and cook, skin side down, for 4-5 minutes, then carefully turn over and cook for a further 5-6 minutes until just tender. If the fish fillets are particularly thick, pop them into the oven for about 5 minutes. Place them on two warm plates.
- Add the gherkins and capers to the pan and fry for 1 minute. Add the lemon juice and sizzle over a high heat for about 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and throw in the herbs.
- Put a dollop of mayonnaise on each piece of fish and spoon over the gherkin sauce. Divide the chips between plates and serve.
There really isn’t too much to making delicious, seaside-style fish and chips at home! Summer is the season for fish dishes, so you’ll be able to find a lot of cod on sale at markets and supermarkets – you don’t have an excuse not to try this meal out!