Traditional Fish and Chips
Basic Fish and Chips
cut in half
all purpose flour
1 or more
English pale ale
or whatever you plan on drinking with your meal
prepared tartar sauce
If serving on a bun as a sandwich (optional)
green leaf lettuce
rolls or buns
Fill a large, heavy-bottomed pot halfway with oil and heat to 350 degrees (or, you can sprinkle a little of the batter in the oil, and if it sizzles, you know it’s ready).
Stir together the dry ingredients for the batter, and then add the wet ingredients. Mix well.
Season the tilapia pieces with salt and pepper, and then coat in the batter. Add to the hot oil one at a time. Cook for about 4 minutes, flipping each piece over at the two-minute mark.
Transfer the fish to a wire rack to drain, sprinkling a little more salt and pepper over each piece while it’s still hot.
If serving as a sandwich, place one piece of fried fish on each bun and top with a piece of lettuce.