Fish and Chips a Family Favorite

Pre-Christmas Easy Recipe

This pre-Christmas easy recipe of crispy fish and chips is the perfect dish to bring families together before the holidays, and this version is ready in under an hour.


  • 2 lbs cod or haddock fillets, cut into strips
  • 2 russet potatoes, thinly sliced
  • Canola oil for frying
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Tartar sauce and remoulade for serving


  • Soak potato slices in water for 30 minutes to remove starch. Pat dry with paper towels.
  • In a bowl, whisk together flour, paprika, salt and pepper. Toss fish strips in the flour mixture until fully coated.
  • In a deep fryer or heavy pot, heat 2-3 inches of oil to 350°F. Fry battered fish in batches for 3-4 minutes until crispy and golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  • Fry potato slices in batches for 3-5 minutes until crispy and golden. Drain and keep warm.
  • Serve fish and chips with tartar sauce and remoulade for dipping. Enjoy!
  • Prep time, cook time, servings
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Servings: 4
  • Calories per serving: 550
  • Country of origin: United Kingdom

This pre-Christmas easy recipe of crispy fish and chips is a classic British dish that gets a lighter makeover using cod or haddock instead of heavier batter-fried varieties.

Potato slices soak up less oil than sticks when deep-fried, but you can use an air-fryer.

For variety, try substituting sweet potato or zucchini fries. Check oil temperature regularly to avoid burning. Fry in small batches to maintain oil heat.

Kitchen equipment needed for pre-Christmas easy recipe of crispy fish and chips:

  • Deep fryer, heavy pot, or air-fryer
  • Slotted spoon or wire skimmer
  • Paper towels
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups/spoons

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I use beer batter instead of flour?

A: Yes, beer batter adds crispiness. Use 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup beer, seasonings.

Q: Can I bake the fish instead of frying?

A: You can bake battered fish at 400°F for 12-15 minutes. Chips may not be as crispy.

Q: What substitutions can I make?

A: Try cod or haddock, sweet potato fries, low-fat tartar sauce/remoulade.

Q: Can I make this ahead of time?

A: The batter needs to be freshly made. You can prepare components a day ahead, then fry just before serving.

Q: How do I reheat leftovers?

A: Reheat in a 350°F oven for 5-7 minutes until hot and crispy. Microwaving makes them soggy.

Add this pre-Christmas easy fish and chips recipe to your menu rotation this season. Friends and family of all ages will love how the crunchy exterior and the flaky fish compliments the creamy sauces. Let me know if you need any variations to suit your needs. Happy holidays!

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