Sunday, November 3, 2013

Beer Battered Fish with Oven Baked Chips and Spicy Tartar Sauce for #WeekdaySupper




I went shopping the other day, and when I shop I am always on the prowl for good sales. Low and behold, as I pass the fish counter, I see they have their cod on sale for $2.99 a pound! 

Now is cod my favorite fish? 

No, that distinction is reserved for halibut and salmon. 

However cod is a wonderful fish to use in fish recipes that don't completely revolve around the flavor of the fish itself. 

A blank slate so to speak (tilapia would be another that would come to mind as well).

So armed with this information many recipes began running through my head. 


Fish tacos? No Kevin is tired of my Mexican food obsession (although he had better be happy for this little respite because it will be back in full force soon!). 

Soup? No I am kind of getting souped out. OhhEmmGeee did I just say that? 

Hmm OK I know, fish and chips. Believe it or not I have never made fish and chips. Oh yes, I have fried fish, for fish tacos. 

But honest to gosh fish and chips? Nope, never made 'em. 

Right then I decided I needed to have them in my life! 

Weird I know. 

Big deal? 

Not so much.

I of course can never do anything the "normal" way, so I decided to take the term chips literally and make oven baked potato chips instead of the french fries/steak fries I am used to having along with the fish. 

Then of course I couldn't leave the tartar sauce alone right? 

Of course not. 

So spicy it is (not super spicy though). 

So who needs to go out for fish and chips when you can make some darn tasty ones in the comfort of your own home?





Beer Battered Fish with Oven Baked Chips and Spicy Tartar Sauce


For the fish:
2 pounds of fresh cod, deboned and cut into portions
Tempura batter mix
Substitute beer for the water asked for in the batter (I used an IPA)
Salt and pepper
Oil for frying

For the chips:
4 medium Yukon gold potatoes
Olive oil
Salt and pepper 

For the tartar sauce:
2 cups Greek yougurt
4 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
2 to 4 tablespoons hot sauce (recommend Sriracha sauce)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Pat the fish portions dry with a paper towel. Salt and pepper both sides of the fish. Over medium to medium-high heat, place a large pot with oil (do not fill more than 1/3 full). Heat the oil to 375 degrees. Once oil is hot, mix the tempura batter with the beer according to package directions. Dip the fish portions into the batter gently and allow excess batter to drip off. Carefully place the fish into the hot oil. Deep fry until golden brown, flipping the fish, if needed, halfway through. Remove from oil and allow to drain on paper towels.

Meanwhile, brush 2 large baking sheets lightly with oil. Slice the potatoes into 1/8-inch thick slices. Arrange the slices in 1 flat layer on the baking sheets. Brush the slices lightly with oil and bake until golden throughout, 15 to 20 minutes, checking often since they brown at different rates and turning once halfway through. Transfer to paper towels and sprinkle with salt while hot.

In a small bowl mix all of the ingredients for the tartar sauce, using the hot sauce to your taste.


Sunday Supper Movement 

Looking for more quick and easy #WeekdaySupper options?  Check out what's on the menu for this week, and feel free to leave your own suggestions and favorite quick Weekday Supper recipes (and/or links) in the comment section!  Also, check out the #WeekdaySupper Pinterest board for more ideas.




Tuesday - Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Chicken Sandwiches from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Wednesday - Very Sloppy Joels from Shockingly Delicious
Thursday - Couscous Paella with Shrimp from The Dinner-Mom
Friday - Balsamic-Glazed Pork Chops from girlichef

76 comments:

  1. This is totally my kind of meal! BTW I love cod.

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    1. Kevin used to commercial fish and has me totally in love with black cod and ling cod. I never knew there was more than one type!

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  2. My husband will order fish and chips when he sees it on a menu at a restaurant. I need to make this for him soon. Love the spicy tarter sauce too.

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    1. I hope you do Renee :) Kevin really loved this one too.

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  3. We don't eat seafood in our house, but those oven baked chips sound great! They would be a perfect side dish to so many things. And your Spicy Tartar Sauce sounds amazing, too! Maybe to dip the chips in :)

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    1. Yes, we loved the chips and the spicy tartar was great to dip them in. Veggies would be good too!

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  4. Mmmm, I love the twist on the potatoes! They look fantastically delicious! One for me to try at home with my family. Thank you

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  5. Oh man! You can't get any better than homemade fish and chips. Yum! My Hubs just got some fish for our supper. I wonder if he wants us to make these..... You got my mouth watering now.

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    1. I hope you give them a try Terry. I think you (and hubs) would really like them!!

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  6. This is a fantastic dinner idea, especially since the weather is so cold and it's nice to have a warm meal at home.

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  7. I could definitely tear into some cod and chips. As long as they're not as greasy as what I experienced in a shop in London a few years ago...lol.

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    1. These were not greasy. I let them drain on some paper towels after cooking and they came out perfect.

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  8. It has been so long since I've had "fish and chips" I could totally go for something like this for meals this week!

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    1. Simple and tasty are my perfect weekday meal ideas :)

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  9. This is just perfect! Our Friday night staple is to have fish and chips at our local but this looks so much nicer.

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    1. It is always nice to have a night out, but this is a great meal for a comfy evening at home.

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  10. Those look delicious, I will try to make them and see how it turns out. I tried homemade chips once and it did not turn out well.

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    1. These came out great and I have a wacky oven so if your oven works any better than mine LOL they will be fine :)

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  11. I don't like fish--well maybe talapia once in a blue moon. Maybe I would like it prepared this way? Hum----

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    1. Yes, you could do this with tilapia and it would be great as well.

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  12. This sounds delish! For someone that needs to start cooking more, thanks for the recipe!

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  13. I am not normally a big fan of fish but this looks great. I will definitely have to try it out! Thanks!

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    1. I like cod because it is a nice mild fish. It would be perfect for a "Non fish" person I think.

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  14. We eat a lot of fish around our house and are always trying to find new ways to prepare it Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You are very welcome Pam I hope you enjoy it!

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  15. I wish this was my weeknight dinner, Bobbi! It looks AMAZING!!!

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  16. I like your version of chips better anyhow, and I'm all for spice. Bring it on!

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    1. Glad you like the chips and sauce. I always have to be different LOL

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  17. I have to admit I don't normally have anything to do with anything alcoholic but I always make an exception for beer battered fish it is divine. x

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    1. Yes, the beer just seems to lend itself to a better crust

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  18. Oh I like the idea of baked chips. I've been beer battered recipes before but haven't tried it with fish. Looks good

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  19. I like a little spice in my food to add some kick! Thank you for the share.

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  20. I'm not a fish eater, but you sold me! I'd probably try this! Looks delicious!

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  21. Fried food and potato chips are an all American staple. :(

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  22. I am in a fish groove right now. I must need the Omega-3s that come along with it but I love fish! I will have to try your recipe.

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    1. I get like that sometimes too. I just want fish fish fish!!

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  23. Being from England I love a good fish and chip recipe so will be trying this out with a dash of malt vinegar sprinkled on at the end.

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    1. I used to go to an English pub in Reno with my parents when I was a kid and loved malt vinegar on the fish!!

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  24. Those look absolutely incredible! At first I thought the chips were zuchinni because of how thin you sliced them. Did you use a mandolin? Hmmm, I wonder how I could this in a low carb way. Maybe I'll try almond meal. Nice photos as well!

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    1. No I have a mandolin on my wish list! I cut them by hand!!

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  25. This looks and sounds delicious. Whenever we fry fish we always have to have tartar sauce close by. One doesn't work without the other. :)

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    1. True, kind of like ketchup and french fries :)

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  26. This looks like something I need to check out!

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  27. This looks perfect for lunch sundays. Great recipe!

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  28. Perfect. Yummy! Gah. Now I wish I can cook this for lunch tomorrow!

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  29. I am not one that likes fish too much but this looks delicious. If I don't try the fish, I will definitely try the chips! ;)

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  30. I love Cod and you really got a great price on it. This would be a delicious meal to enjoy with a glass of wine

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  31. My son is over my shoulder saying Make this, Make this.

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  32. I love fish! This makes me want to make fish tonight-thaanks!! lol

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  33. We love fish in my family - so I will definitely have to try this recipe!

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  34. Oh wow now this looks over-the-moon delicious!! My family would totally love this!

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  35. Cod and Flounder are one of my favorite fish. This looks delicious and now I am craving it!!

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    1. Either would be just as good in this dish!

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  36. This looks so good! I love fish and chips but never thought to make my own. I'm adding this to the cue.

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    1. So glad you are going to give it a try Rachee!!

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  37. YUmm.. this looks like a great dinner.. Love homemade chips.. soo gonna have to try yours ..thanks for sharing the recipe

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  38. On the menu for Saturday night. Thank you very much for sharing, this looks heavenly!

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