Pan-fried fish and chips

Preparation time:
10 mins
Cooking time:
30 mins

Don't go out for fish and chips, make them at home with this easy and less naughty recipe.


1kg potatoes
Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to season
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 x 180g skinless white fish fillets (such as ling or snapper)
Finely grated rind of 1 lemon
2 Tbsp sea-salt flakes
½ cup aioli, to serve
80g mixed salad leaves, to serve
Lemon slices and wedges, to serve


1. Peel potatoes, cut into chips, then put in a medium pan. Cover with water, add a pinch of salt and bring to the boil over a medium heat. Cook until chips are parboiled. Remove from heat and drain. Line a tray with a tea towel. Arrange chips in a single layer on prepared tray and refrigerate until cool.
2. Heat vegetable oil in a deep-fryer to 130°C. Line a tray with paper towel. Fry chips, in batches, for 4-5 minutes or until texture is slightly dry. Remove with a slotted spoon and put on prepared tray.
3. Increase heat to 180°C. Fry chips, in batches, for a further 3-4 minutes or until golden and crunchy. Drain,
then season with salt.
4. Rub olive oil on each side of fish, then season with salt and pepper. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add fish and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Remove pan from heat, cover loosely with foil and set aside for 5 minutes.
5. Put lemon rind and salt flakes in a small bowl. Rub together with your fingers until combined. Serve fish and chips with lemon salt, aioli, salad and lemon.

Stephanie Souvlis
Andre Martin

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  1. The Skud11:11am Wednesday 07th March 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    For crying out loud! If you are going to have chips (lovely fried chips) then make some batter and do a proper job on the fish (please). Sizzling the outside in a frying pan does not equal fried fish, you might as well oil a griddle on the BBQ. And that 'alternative recipe' looks less than half-done also.


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