Fish and Chips with Homemade Tartare Sauce

4 servings
  • Preparation time: 45 minutes
  • Cooking time: 45 minutes
  • Ingredients
  • For the chips
  • 900 g (2 lb) potatoes (about 6 medium)
  • 3 tbsp flavourless oil
  • salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • For the fish
  • 4 x 140 g (5 oz) boneless haddock fillets, skinned
  • 2 lemons
  • 170 g (6 oz) fresh breadcrumbs (3 cups)
  • 28 g (1 oz) fresh parsley, finely chopped (1 cup)
  • salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • 2 tbsp flavourless oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 2 eggs
  • For the tartare sauce
  • 90 ml (3 fl oz) plain yogurt (⅓ cup)
  • 2 cornichons, drained and chopped
  • 2 tsp capers, drained

To serve

  • Peas
  • Method
  • For the chips
  • Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F) (gas 6).
  • Line a large roasting tin/pan with baking parchment (which prevents the chips from sticking) and add the oil.
  • Heat in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile wash and peel potatoes. Slice into 1.25 cm (½ inch) thick rounds and then into 1.25 cm (½ inch) thick strips.
  • Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and then add the chips and parboil for 5 minutes.
  • Drain well and pat dry with kitchen paper.
  • Carefully add the chips to the hot oil, turning to coat.
  • Season.
  • Cook in the oven for 40 minutes, turning halfway through, until they are golden and crisp.
  • For the fish
  • Meanwhile, put the breadcrumbs in a large bowl.
  • Zest the lemons and add to the breadcrumbs. Cut one of the lemons into wedges and put to one side. You won’t need the other lemon.
  • Now add half the parsley, seasoning and oil to the bowl and toss everything together. Spread out on a chopping board.
  • Lightly beat the eggs in a shallow bowl.
  • Then grease a baking sheet large enough to take the fish in a single layer.
  • Now dip each fish fillet first in the egg and then coat with the breadcrumbs, pressing the crumbs down onto the fish so there is a thick layer. Lay them on the baking sheet.
  • When the chips have been cooking for 30 minutes put the fish in the oven. The fish will need just 10 minutes to bake.
  • For the tartare sauce
  • While the fish is baking, the tartare sauce can be prepared. Just mix together the yogurt, the remaining parsley, cornichons and capers and spoon into a small bowl to be served separately.
  • Serve the fish with the lemon wedges.
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