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Crunchy Fish Fingers & Baked Chips

Week 43 Theme: Crunchy Cookbook Used: BBC Australian Good Food Magazine (October 2010) Author: BBC I’ve never really been a fan of fish and chips. At least I don’t think so…. I can’t recall a lot of fish and chips during my childhood. Last year for Easter, I insisted we have them, as all the...


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Crunchy Fish Fingers & Baked Chips
September 22, 2010

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Crunchy Fish Fingers & Baked Chips

Week 43

Theme: Crunchy
Cookbook Used: BBC Australian Good Food Magazine (October 2010)
Author: BBC

I’ve never really been a fan of fish and chips. At least I don’t think so…. I can’t recall a lot of fish and chips during my childhood. Last year for Easter, I insisted we have them, as all the cool kids were doing it. It was so oily and greasy, I remembered why I didn’t like fish and chips. I didn’t learn though. This year I made Hamsley and I get fish and chips on Good Friday this year, and it was even more greasier than last year!

The Good Food magazine arrived and it had a good looking recipe for fish and baked chips. I haven’t cooked all that much fish in my lifetime. I think it’s almost a phobia, as I don’t really know how to gauge when it’s cooked, and I don’t know what fish to substitute with if the recipe says, for example “or any other white fish”. This started a craving for fish and chips again, so when we went to Costco, I found some nice looking white ling fish, and the rest is history.

The batter was lovely, with a twist of lemon. As I was battering the fish, it smelt like a good fish and chip shop, so it was very promising.

The result was fantastic! It wasn’t greasy at all, but that was helped but the minimal oil used, and the paper towel to soak up any oil. The fish was cooked to perfection! It just melted away, and had no bones (thanks Costco!)

My chips were a little stumpy as I only had small potatoes left in the pantry, but they still turned out fine, and definitely not greasy, soggy or gross!

Served with aioli and perinaise (because we ran out of aioli)…. yum!

*Updated 23/9/10 April suggested it would be perfect for “crunchy” week in The Cookbook Challenge, which I’m mega behind in! Thanks April!

Crunchy Fish Fingers & Baked Chips

750g desiree potatoes, peeled, cut into thick chips
1/4 cup plain flour (seasoned)
1 cup packaged breadcrumbs
Grated rind of 1 lemon, plus lemon wedges to serve
2 eggs, lightly beaten
600g firm white fish fillet, such as blue-eye, trevalla, skin removed
1/4 cup rice bran oil
Mayonnaise, to serve

1. Preheat oven to 220ºC. Line two baking trays with baking paper. Spray with oil.

2. Place potato in a single layer on trays. Spray with oil. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden.

3. Meanwhile, place flour in a bowl. Combine the breadcrumbs and lemon rind in a separate bowl. Place egg in another bowl. Cut fish into 8cm x 3cm pieces. Dust the flour, shaking off any excess. Dip into egg, then breadcrumbs, pressing lightly to coat. Chill for 5 minutes.

4. Heat oil in a pan on medium. Cook fish fingers in batches from 3 minutes each side, until golden and cooked through. Drain on paper towel. Serve with chips, lemon wedges, mayonnaise and a salad.

Serves 4.


27 comments on “Crunchy Fish Fingers & Baked Chips
  1. Hannah

    Wowzers. Impressive, lady. Those look legitimately like crunchy crunchy goodness! (Though, that said, I’ve never been big on fish and chips either. Give me sashimi with wasabi anyday 😉 )

    September 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Thanks! I’m one for sashimi any day too!

      September 29, 2010 at 1:47 pm
  2. Jeanne Edwards

    Well done Shellie, love the pic’s and I am sure now you have found a ‘Great Recipe’, you will making them again. soon. ‘ Flake’ is another really Sweet Tasting Fish. I am not big on Fish but have always found ‘Flake’ mouth meltingly scrummy especially if nice and fresh. Well done.
    Jeanne. x :o)

    September 23, 2010 at 7:49 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Thanks 🙂

      September 29, 2010 at 1:48 pm
  3. Leah

    I have always steered away from cooking fish, cause I didn’t know how long to cook it for. But I do love to eat it though! I hate that fish and chip shops sell shark as ‘fish.’ That really erks me! Barramundi is a beautiful fish for fish and chips.

    September 23, 2010 at 10:17 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      mmmmm I do love steamed barramundi. Must get some!

      September 29, 2010 at 1:48 pm
  4. April @ My Food Trail

    Hey, you can use this entry for the Cookbook Challenge’s crunchy week! Let me know if you want me to add it to the round ups!

    Yay for non-oily fish & chips! It’s gross how oily it can sometimes be!

    September 23, 2010 at 10:45 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Thanks for reminding me about TCC! I don’t know why I didn’t think of it earlier!!

      September 29, 2010 at 1:48 pm
  5. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Hooray for overcoming your fish & chips dislike with a good recipe! Looks fantastic.

    Bad fish & chips is a terrible, terrible thing. When it’s so greasy that it makes you feel sick, and you vow never to eat it ever again! So many places make it like that. At least a lot of places now let you order your fish crumbed or grilled instead of battered so you can somewhat restrict your grease overload to the chips and any other extras!

    September 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Yes!! Grilled is the way to go, unless I’m feeling like I want to have an extreme fat day 😛

      September 29, 2010 at 1:49 pm
  6. Sarah

    yum! I really love fish and chips and my Dad makes the best home made version! We often invite ourselves over on a Friday night!

    September 23, 2010 at 2:24 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      oh yum!! I would invite myself over too!

      September 29, 2010 at 1:49 pm
  7. penny aka jeroxie

    I want some fish & chips now! These look so good. Can you move closer to me?

    September 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      haha! We should just get some kind of teleportation device instead?

      September 29, 2010 at 1:50 pm
  8. Anna Johnston

    aaahhhh, so glad you’ve beaten the ‘bad fish ‘n chips’ issue & found the right recipe. Nothing better than a great big old feed of fish ‘n chips especially if your hanging out down at the coast. Its tradition in our family.

    September 24, 2010 at 1:49 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      I’m glad I have beaten it too! Woot!

      September 29, 2010 at 1:50 pm
  9. Celeste @ Berrytravels

    See, I’m not so sure I like baked chips after all. I just can’t seem to appreciate them! Fish on the other hand, yum!

    September 24, 2010 at 11:46 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Everything tastes better deep fried 😉

      September 29, 2010 at 1:50 pm
  10. Honey @ honeyandsoy

    Fish and chips are Soy’s and my weakness!! There have been many times, driving home from work, where both of us will give in to temptation and drop in to our fave fish & chip joint! Thanks for sharing the recipe so we can make it the next time a craving hits!

    September 24, 2010 at 12:24 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      hehe, it’s one of those things I don’t tend to crave. But I have been lately now after this!

      September 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm
  11. My Restaurants Melbourne

    I love your pictures shellie, so bright and clear. I’m not a big fan of fried fish, but I definitely can’t walk away from the chips!

    September 24, 2010 at 9:45 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Thanks! same… nothing like hot chips!

      September 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm
  12. pierre

    i loved fish and chips when i was going to Uk when I was a teenager !!pierre

    September 26, 2010 at 3:56 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Oh yumm!

      September 29, 2010 at 1:52 pm
  13. joudie's Mood Food

    This looks so good and so tyically british. I love it. Fish and chips for me is a must. BUT IT HAS TO BE BETTER THAN GOOD! Yumm!

    September 27, 2010 at 4:35 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      hehe true!

      September 29, 2010 at 1:53 pm
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