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Home Battered Fish, for a change

AndrewT profile image

Dear Everyone,

I have had, for a while now, some 'lovely' Small Cod Fillets (in my freezer) they look absolutely beautiful- a 'Fresh' colour and overall 'Good' appearance. I have Looked Up a 'Simple', but rather nice sounding, Beer Batter mix suitable for Shallow frying (I only have a Frying Pan)

I'm out for Sunday Lunch, opposite a Tesco Local, tomorrow- I need some more flour, beer and cooking oil (I have a Very Good Quality one already... but for frying? I'll buy a Cheaper one!) My 'mechanical hand whisk' will get an 'airing', it is a good one too.

I think I'll leave, the Fish, until Monday... having had a Sunday Roast lunchtime!

AndrewT

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Rosepetal60 profile image
Rosepetal60Gluten Free

Looking forward to hearing about the results of the homemade batter.

theoneil profile image
theoneil in reply to Rosepetal60

Instead of beer try soda or seltzer. That’s what the Irish use.

Rosepetal60 profile image
Rosepetal60Gluten Free in reply to theoneil

When the time comes for treating myself to GF battered fish, I’ll be off to the fish and chip shop for their once a month GF day . Interesting topic though.

Sounds really good to me Andrew, my kids had fish and chips last night, but I only used a tempura butter mix for the fish..I haven't use beer in a butter mix before, but i think its quite a popular why of doing it ..am sure it will be lovely 🙂

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JerryAdministrator

Hi Andrew if you mix up some batter leave it in the fridge then coat the frozen fillets with it and put it back in the fridge the batter literally sticks to the frozen fillets and you can now deep fry in batter or bake to use less fat. Enjoy your Sunday roast today. 👍

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Subtle_badger in reply to Jerry

I am not sure that is good advice for beer batter, which relies on the bubbles in the beer to make the batter rise. It will partly freeze against the frozen fish which will drive out the bubbles, and generally the longer you leave it standing, the more bubbles will leave the batter.

I think frying is essential, it's the high heat that makes the bubbles expand. An oven won't do that. Recipes online for oven fried beer batter fish include beaten egg whites, to duplicate that explosive expansion.

Jerry profile image
JerryAdministrator in reply to Subtle_badger

Hey good point I don’t drink so have no experience with cooking with it.

Subtle_badger profile image
Subtle_badger in reply to Jerry

You can make it with sparkling water too (though maybe not as good.)

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JerryAdministrator in reply to Subtle_badger

Thanks a good tip.

i just love battered fish,and i've heard of using beer before,but not yet tried it. But i still find fish and chips from the shop far better than i cook myself,in fact the local chip shop i go to, the portions are huge ,and generally enough for next day.

Hi Andrew, I didn't mention before, one of my sisters had a chain of fish and chips shops in the 70s, I also own one when I was just 24.. we used just flour and tap water for the butter, we would leave it to stand for half an hour or so before using, then coat the fish in flour before placing it in the butter then straight into the deep fryer.You can still shallow fry using the same method,

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CockneyblueHigh Risk in reply to Happyman4

This looks good. I’ll give it a try as my batter always seems to come off while frying. Why is it necessary to leave it for half hour, that’s what I’m obviously doing wrong. Thank you for your advice. 👍

Something to do with givng time for the gluten in the flour to relax and the starch grains to swell.. Am making fish and chips tonight with the butter I made yesterday.

You probably find more information about it on the internet. 👍

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CockneyblueHigh Risk in reply to Happyman4

Or I could just come to yours? Shall I bring my own tartare sauce 🤣🤣

No , don't worry about the tartare sauce, am making some..👍

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CockneyblueHigh Risk in reply to Happyman4

This is getting better by the minute 👍

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