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Beer Battered Fish with Homemade Chips

Wild whiting is a brilliantly sustainable alternative to cod, the flesh is firm, lean and sweet - similar in flavour to cod and part of the same family, but certainly lesser known. Create a delicious dinner for two with this super easy recipe of beer battered whiting fillets with homemade chips any way you like them. Squeeze lemon over the fish for a zesty dash of flavour!

Beer Battered Fish with Homemade Chips

Wild whiting is a brilliantly sustainable alternative to cod, the flesh is firm, lean and sweet - similar in flavour to cod and part of the same family, but certainly lesser known. Create a delicious dinner for two with this super easy recipe of beer battered whiting fillets with homemade chips any way you like them. Squeeze lemon over the fish for a zesty dash of flavour!

  • Serves: 2
  • Prepare: 15 Minutes
  • Cook: 20 Minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy

WHO ARE COOMBE FARM ORGANIC?​

We are an organic farm in Somerset producing award-winning pork, beef, lamb and chicken. Farming organically means that we never use chemicals on our fields and rely instead on natural methods that are kinder to nature. Organic farms are home to 30% more species of wildlife and 50% more pollinators as a result.

WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE FISH?​

Working with carefully chosen suppliers, we have focused on providing fish that we are able to keep in stock throughout the year. As with all of our produce, it’s paramount that it’s sustainably sourced. For the management of our marine ecosystems, in order to respect fish levels and ensure overfishing doesn’t occur. 

Ingredients

FOR THE FISH

  • 200g whiting fillets
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp lemon & pepper crust
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tsp pepper
  • 150ml cold beer (alternatively, you can use soda water)
  • lemons (to garnish)

FOR THE CHIPS

  • 3 potatoes
  • oil
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tsp pepper

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/ 180°C fan
  2. Slice the potatoes up however you like your chips and lay out on a baking tray. Add oil, salt and pepper and place in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden and crisp
  3. Remove your fish from the fridge and bring to room temperature, dab dry with some kitchen towel
  4. Mix the flour, salt, pepper, lemon and pepper crust and baking powder in a bowl. Slowly whisk in the beer or soda water
  5. Pour the oil into a deep pan or wok, you want enough oil in there to cover the fish completely, bring to a high heat
  6. Cover the fish in a little flour then the batter, carefully add it to the oil and cook for 4-5 minutes (turn halfway through) or until golden and cooked through
  7. Remove from the oil and lay the fish onto some paper towel to remove any excess oil
  8. Serve with your homemade chips and a slice of lemon (plus tartare sauce and mushy peas for the ultimate plateful)
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WHO ARE COOMBE FARM ORGANIC?​

We are an organic farm in Somerset producing award-winning pork, beef, lamb and chicken. Farming organically means that we never use chemicals on our fields and rely instead on natural methods that are kinder to nature. Organic farms are home to 30% more species of wildlife and 50% more pollinators as a result.

WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE FISH?​

Working with carefully chosen suppliers, we have focused on providing fish that we are able to keep in stock throughout the year. As with all of our produce, it’s paramount that it’s sustainably sourced. For the management of our marine ecosystems, in order to respect fish levels and ensure overfishing doesn’t occur. 

Frequently asked questions

  • We’ve become a little bit set in our ways over the years with our ‘go-to’ fish choices; cod, haddock, tuna, salmon and warm-water prawns, but this has really jeopardised their sustainability. There are many alternative species available for us to try that have been farmed or caught responsibly, hake, corley, rainbow trout, mackerel and rope grown mussels are all great choices of sustainable fish in the UK.

  • Sustainable fishing is important in the management of our marine ecosystems, in order to respect fish stock levels and ensure overfishing does not occur. With fish being one of the most popular choices of animal proteins at mealtimes, its no wonder that popular fish species such as cod are in decline. Overfishing to meet the demands of the consumer have meant certain stocks of fish have gone into decline, the demand has been so high that the fish stocks have not be given time to replenish. It is said that 1/3rd of fish stocks are overfished, which really is quite shocking. Sustainable fishing allows fisheries to work closely with scientists to look at the patterns of growth and decline of fish stocks, these occur through births, deaths and migration. By analysing this data, the ‘maximum sustainable yield’ (this is how much a fish species can be fished before overfishing occurs) is calculated and this allows responsible fishing to occur, working with nature, instead of against it.