Batter: Whisk the self raising flour, salt, beer and water together until smooth. (This can be also be done in a food processor; transfer the mixture to a large bowl for dipping.) Cover and stand for at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours.
Chips: Cut the potatoes into chips about 5mm thick. Put them in cold water for 5 minutes to remove the excess starch, then drain well and pat dry on a clean tea towel.
Half fill a deep fryer or large, deep saucepan with oil and heat to 195 degrees C. Blanch the chips in two batches in the hot oil for 4–5 minutes, or until very pale golden. Remove from the oil, drain well on paper towels and set aside.
Fish: Allow the temperature of the oil to drop to 175 degrees C. Coat the fish lightly in seasoned flour. Stir the batter vigorously and using tongs, dip two fillets of fish into it. Lift out the fillets and allow the excess batter to drip back into the bowl.
Carefully lower the fillets into the hot oil, submerging them with the tongs and cook, turning once, for 4–5 minutes, or until crisp and golden. Using a large wire skimmer or slotted spoon, lift the fillets out of the pan and drain on paper towels. Keep warm while dipping and frying the remaining fillets.
To Serve: Increase the oil temperature to 200 degrees C and fry the chips for 2–3 minutes more, or until crisp and golden. Drain well on paper towels and season with salt. Arrange the fish and chips on heated plates and garnish with the lemon wedges. Pass some full flavoured vinegar separately.
awesome recipe, took me a few hours but im also a guy that takes 20min to make cereal.
I was amazed that they came out exactly like your picture.
Im not a huge fan of fish but this brought back memories.
Be careful with the fries, cook in small batches like the recipe recommends. otherwise the oil temp drops, it bubles over and you end up setting your stove on fire. Not a good way to earn points with the spouse.
Anyways, excellent recipe taste just as i remember growing up, 5 stars - 09 Aug 2010
Really nice batter, sticks well and doesn't fall apart when frying. I used blue grouper. I don't have a deep fryer so I used a non stick frying pan with around 1cm of canola oil and turned them half way through cooking. - 12 Jan 2014