1 pound cod fillets, cut into roughly 2″ X 4″ strips
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
11 ounces beer (light lager works the best)
2 teaspoons old bay seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
2 Russet potatoes
3 cups vegetable oil (or any oil with a high smoking point and not a ton of flavor)
To make your fish batter, first mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and old bay in a medium sized mixing bowl. Next add in your beer and mix everything together. This should leave about a sip of beer left from a traditional 12 ounce bottle, so don’t let that go to waste 😉
Check out this video to see a visual of what your batter should look like.
Move your batter to the fridge until you’re ready to use it (we want the fish and the batter to be cold when it hits the hot oil. This creates a cool reaction, giving your fish that nice crisp that you love!)
Now, let’s get our french fries (or chips!) ready! First, peel your potatoes and cut them into 1/4 inch thick strips. Soak these in some cold water for 20 minutes to remove excess starch. Rinse these once they are done soaking, then pat them dry, really well.
Heat up your oil in a sauce pan or your fryer if you have one (I don’t!). The oil should be around 275 degrees Fahrenheit to start. We are going to blanch the french fries in this low temp oil to get them started cooking, then we’ll come back later and fry them again to give them a nice crisp.
Once your oil is at 275, add in your french fries and blanch them for 1-3 minutes. The goal is to NOT brown them at all, just to start the cooking process. Remove from the oil and drain/dry/cool off over paper towels.
Now turn up the temp on your oil to 375 degrees. Let’s start battering our fish!
Place each piece of fish straight into the wet batter until they are coated. Remove from batter and let the excess batter drip off. Now place directly into the hot oil. Do not overcrowd your pan, so just do a few at a time.
Fry for 5 minutes each, depending on the size. Remove from oil once cooked and place on a rack to dry and cool.
Using the same 375 degree oil, add your french fries back in! Fry them this time for 5-7 minutes or until golden and crispy! Remove from oil and drain on paper towels or cooling rack.
Serve your fish on a plate with some of your french fries. Season the fries with just some salt, OR season them like I did, with some Old Bay seasoning. Delish!