Fish and chips

Fish and chips

1 h
It is time to dive into British cuisine with an iconic classic that is as famous as it is delicious. This recipe for fish and chips produces perfectly golden chips and crispy fried cod with tender meat on the inside. To keep it authentic, we serve the dynamic duo with a creamy tartar sauce, malt vinegar, and lemon wedges on the side. Enjoy!


Tartar sauce
  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, cover the sauce, and place it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Adjust the taste if needed.
  • Cut potatoes into sticks (approx. 1x1 cm). Let them sit in cold water for roughly 2 hours – change the water every 30 minutes.
  • Drain the water from the potatoes and pat them dry with a tea towel.
  • Pour the oil into a thick-bottomed pan (about 1 litre) and heat it to approx. 180°C.
  • Add the potatoes and fry them for about 12 minutes until they are crispy and golden brown.
  • Remove the potatoes and place them on a paper towel (fry the chips again before serving, they will be extra crispy). Save the oil for the fish.
Fried fish
  • Mix flour and salt in a bowl. Whisk in milk, followed by eggs, and melted butter.
  • Clean the fish of bones, if any, then rinse and dry it. Cut the cod fillets into 4 pieces.
  • Heat oil to 180°C. Dip half the fish in the batter and put them in the oil. Fry the pieces for approx. 2 minutes – turn them over a few times. Repeat with the rest.
  • Fry the chips again for approx. 1 minute. Put them in a bowl and toss them with salt.
  • Serve the fish and chips with tartar sauce, lemon wedges, and vinegar.

To get chips that are crispy on the outside, pat them thoroughly dry before frying them in oil. Make sure the oil is hot enough – 180°C – or the potatoes and cod will absorb too much oil, resulting in greasy and soggy chips and fish. Also, if it is too hot, the oil will burn the potatoes before frying them.


It is also important not to overfill the pan and allow enough room for the potatoes and fish when frying, otherwise, the temperature of the oil will lower significantly, which will affect the frying process.


Frying the chips twice ensures that they are fried through during the first fry, while the second achieves the ideal crunchy texture. Since the same oil is used for frying the chips and the cod, you should always fry the chips before the cod to ensure that the oil does not give the chips a fishy flavour.

Questions about fish and chips

Get acquainted with an iconic classic with our fish and chips recipe that you can enjoy for both lunch and dinner. To learn more about the ins and outs of this dish, read our answers to some of the most commonly asked questions below.

What is fish and chips?
Fish and chips is an iconic British dish consisting of deep-fried battered fish, typically cod or halibut, and served with chips. It has become quite popular around the world, especially as a street food. We make our version of the dish with cod and serve it the traditional way with homemade tartar sauce, lemon wedges, and malt vinegar.
How to make fish and chips?
For the chips, cut potatoes into thin sticks and let them sit in cold water for about 2 hours. Pat the sticks dry and fry them in oil for about 12 minutes until they are crispy and golden and set aside. Next, prepare the fish and chips batter and dip the cleaned and cut cod in it. Fry the battered cod in hot oil for roughly 2 minutes – remember to turn them every so often. Finally, fry the chips again for around 1 minute and toss them with salt. Serve with tartar sauce, lemon wedges, and malt vinegar.
What fish is in fish and chips?
Cod or haddock are most commonly used for fish and chips. But you can also find some restaurants and recipes using other types of white fish, such as pollock, coley, or hake. However, cod and haddock are by far the most popular choice, as they are mild and tender and very similar in taste.
Can you reheat fish and chips?
There are several ways to reheat leftover fish and chips. The best method is in an air fryer that ensures that the chips and cod are reheated evenly and will be crispy on the outside and remain tender on the inside. If you do not have an air fryer, you can just as easily use the stovetop or the oven. However, we would advise against using the microwave, as this method could comprise the crispy texture of both fish and chips.
How to make tartar sauce for fish and chips?
For the tartar sauce, mix sour cream with a chopped hard-boiled egg, gherkins, capers, tarragon leaves, red onion, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Once everything is well combined, cover the bowl and place it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Taste the sauce to see if it needs any adjusting.
How to use malt vinegar on fish and chips?
Malt vinegar is a traditional seasoning used for fish and chips. The vinegar has a malty, tart, and slightly sweet flavour that helps cut through the grease of the fried chips and fish and enhances the flavour. It is typically drizzled over the fried cod right before serving.


Tartar sauce
Sour cream, 9%, organic
100 ml
Chopped hard-boiled egg
Coarsely chopped caper
2 tbsp
Finely chopped fresh tarragon leaves
2 tbsp
Finely chopped red onion
Coarse salt
½ tsp
Freshly ground pepper
Scrubbed baked potatoes
500 g
Neutral-flavoured oil
1 l
Flake salt
Fried fish
Wheat flour
100 ml
Coarse salt
¼ tsp
50 ml
Melted butter
10 g
Cod fillet or pollock fillet without skin
200 g
Serve with
Lemon cut into wedges
Vinegar, for example, malt vinegar

Classic fish and chips with tartar sauce

Is there anything better than perfectly crisp chips with battered and fried fish? Fish and chips, or as it is sometimes spelt fish ‘n’ chips, is an iconic staple in British cuisine that has become a popular street food around the world. With our recipe, you can recreate the best fish and chips at home and pair it with some tasty sides and toppings. Homemade fish and chips is the perfect comfort dish whenever you are craving something crispy with rich flavours that is easy to make.

For more wonderful street food recipes, check out our recipe for hot dogs with homemade onion rings and serve these with traditional sauerkraut, or savour some shredded beef tacos or a few skewers of Greek souvlaki.

Dipped in tartar sauce and drizzled with malt vinegar

We serve fish and chips with vinegar and tartar sauce to round off all the flavours of the dish. Tartar sauce and malt vinegar have a tart, acidic aroma that cuts through the fish flavour and helps balance the richness from the batter and frying process.

The fish and chips sauce is prepared with crème fraiche, hard-boiled eggs, gherkins, capers, fresh tarragon leaves, red onion, and seasoning, giving it a nice creaminess with a bit of bite that is perfect to dip the fish and chips in.

Made from the malted grain of barley, malt vinegar is a culinary staple in British cuisine and goes hand in hand with the iconic dish. The acidity of malt vinegar enhances the delicious flavours and makes a rich addition when drizzled over the fried cod.

Fried treats brightened by sides and toppings

Who could resist a battered, fried fish that is crispy and flaky on the outside while remaining soft and tender on the inside? Battering the cod is an important step in creating Britain's most beloved dish. The batter is made with basic ingredients, including wheat flour, salt, milk, egg, and butter, and forms a protective coating for the cod that seals in its flavour and tenderness. The accompaniment of vinegar, tartar sauce, and a squeeze of lemon is a truly incredible combination and adds a bright touch to the fish and chips.

Choose the best fish for fish and chips

Choosing the right fish is essential for succeeding with fish and chips. Though there have been fierce debates over which fish is best for the culinary classic, we have a few suggestions that will help you pick the right one.

Cod is the most popular choice and, for many, the first fish that comes to mind when thinking about this British classic. It has a very mild flavour and extremely tender white meat that goes well with the malt vinegar and tartar sauce. If you like a contrast between the crispy coating and the delicate meat on the inside, cod is the top choice.

Most chefs use haddock for the dish as it has a slight sweetness that matches the rich buttery flavours of the batter. Though the texture is not as tender as cod, the meat has much more flavour, making it the preferred choice amongst professional chefs.

Also, pollock has gradually become more popular for fish and chips because it is juicy and tender and has a soft texture and stronger flavour than cod.

Make it your own

Although cod is delicious, try to make fish and chips with halibut. Halibut is thicker and firmer than cod, with a gentler flavour that pairs well with bolder seasonings, so you can give the halibut a spicy kick. Add cayenne pepper and chilli pepper (or chilli sauce) to the batter and coat the halibut with the spiced batter.

To make the batter crispier, add a bit of white beer and sparkling water to the batter. It will aerate the batter, making the final product airier and crispier. The beer also helps cut through the richness of the fried food, and the maltiness compliments the savoury flavours of the dish.