I’ve always heard that the secret to a great batter for fish and chips was beer. Well, what a turn off! Beer comes from wheat, so no fish and chips for us, right? Wrong! I felt like experimenting yesterday, and I made fisn and chips using… hard cider! You know, from apples? It was very successful! The taste wasn’t overwhelming at all, but the batter was nice and airy.
Here is what I used and what I did. It feeds two people.
- 1lb cod (you can use other white fish)
- 1 cup white rice flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1/2 bottle hard cider
- Oil for frying (red palm oil is the best)
Mix in the flour (3/4 cup), baking soda and salt. Add the hard cider and let it fizzle for a moment, then add the seasonings. The batter is now done and you can let it stand while you prep the fish.
Wash the cod, cut it in small pieces, season it with salt and pepper and coat it lightly with the remaining white rice flour. Now, dip the small pieces in batter and fry it in batches. I followed the manufacturer’s instruction of my fryer for temperature and cooking time, which is 350F for 5 minutes. Check this out!
I also used 5 medium sized potatoes for the fries. I cut them in small slices and fried them in red palm oil. For the green beans, I boiled them until they were soft, but not too soft, then I drained them, mixed them in with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.
This was the most delicious meal I’ve had all week. Can you believe I ate that whole huge plate all by myself?