I have the beer. Let’s go on the batter.

Here in Dublin, the temptation to find a snug and enjoy a few pints is never far away. We have a long and rich pub tradition. A night spent on the drink in Dublin attracts numerous colloquialisms: “A few scoops.”, the great understatement “A couple of pints.” and my favourite “On the batter”. I have no idea where the expression comes from. Perhaps it refers to where the evening would often conclude? In the chipper, where most things bar the chips are deep-fried in batter. Those who know me well know of my links with the Irish Traditional Italian Chippers Association. So you also know that I am putting my neck on the block with our Italian friends by trying my own variation. Stefano Vozza suggested that I try the Carlow Brewing Company stout for my Beef & Guinness Stew. I will, I promise, but for this recipe I am trying their pale ale.

Beer Battered Cod and Winter Vegetable Chips

The ingredients

  • Good fillets of fresh cod
  • An egg
  • 100 grams of flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • A bottle of beer (O’Hara’s Pale Ale this time)
  • A lemon
  • Two sweet potatoes
  • Two parsnips
  • Two red onions
  • A head of garlic cloves

First skin the fish. This is really easy to do if you have a good, sharp knife. Place it skin side down and cut between the flesh and the skin. Fold the fish back as you cut.

Skin the fish by holding the skin and folding the fish back as you cut.

Using really fresh fish is essential to a great result.

The winter vegetables tossed in olive oil and black pepper

Sift the flour, add the egg mix and then add the beer.

My whisk is missing in action and I have to use this thing instead. It is normally used to take lumps out of gravy – Not that I EVER get lumps in my gravy.

You can fry using a lot less oil if you have a wok. Regulating the temperature is the key to getting this cooked correctly.

The cod was fantastic. The batter really light and tasty. The vegetables added another dimension of flavour.

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Latest comments
  • Absolutely fabulous! Love the vegetables.

  • Wow does that look good!

  • I’m on the next private plane out from US to Dublin! Will u make it again? HEHEHEHEHHE

  • Love the veggies might try them myself… when is the book and tv series coming out?

  • Great photos! Looks delish

  • Lovely post. Enjoy your day.

  • Great photos. I love the one of the roasted veggies and yes that fish does look very tasty.

  • thats a great original take on fish and chips. and a good point about the washing up – deep frying seems like a good idea at the time but there are lots of morning-after issues (guilt, mess, smell etc)

  • Good stuff, Conor. Looks great. My dad owned a chipper for 40 years so I know a thing or two about fish and chips!

  • So let me translate: “I like it pretty light.” > Conor is very fond of lots of beer.

  • Wow. Looks delicious!!!

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