Fish and chips made with the best batter and homemade tartare sauce

Whoa, Nelly, this is good! We went out for lunch the other day and one of my twins ordered fish and chips.  It was delicious.  Well, the next day both twins wanted fish and chips for dinner so I went over to Sobeys and picked up some cod loins.  I prefer a loin as they are firmer, thick and delicious.  I haven’t made fish and chips in a very long time. I don’t know why I don’t make them as it’s so easy.  One thing I wish I could get in Ontario is pickerel cheeks from Manitoba.  They are small and sweet and delicious.  A great intro into fish if your kids are picky eaters. 

I wish I had a lovely story to add like how we woke up really early and went fishing to catch our own fish for this recipe but I don’t!  But as we prepare for our vacation this week, my fish and chips reminded me of the meal I had at Red Umbrella Inn and I think it was pretty spot on.  I mean look at the fried goodness! Pat it and drain it on a paper towel and it’s comfort food, yeah it’s not “healthy” but your family will love it!   The ice-cold water really makes the batter poof up in the hot oil.



 For the fish batter (use it with shrimp too!)

Fish and Chip batter
a delicious simple English recipe for the best batter for your fish.
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  1. 1 cup of ice cold water (it needs to be ice cold)
  2. 1 cup of flour
  3. 1 tbsp of baking powder
  4. 1/2 tsp of garlic salt
  5. 1 tsp of sea salt
  6. 400 g of cod or halibut
  7. (oil of your choosing for the fry. I used peanut oil in my dutch oven.)
  1. Combine all ingredients together. Season your fish any way you'd like.
  2. (I used dashes of salt, garlic salt and onion salt) Dip into batter and gently place it in your dutch oven so it doesn't stick and fry until ready. It will be a nice golden colour, I did it for about 5 min and flipped them over and cooked for another 5 min.
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Now can we talk about the tartare sauce? Sure you can buy the stuff premade but let me share with my favourite French recipe.  It’s simple, flavourful and delicious.  I was short on some of the herbs but the mustard, gherkins, lemon juice and capers and seasoning were good enough for me.

Tartare Sauce
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  1. 1 cup of Mayonnaise
  2. 1 small onion finely chopped
  3. 2 tbsp finely chopped gherkins
  4. 1 small handful of finely chopped chives
  5. 1 small handful of chervil, finely chopped
  6. 1 small handful of tarragon, finely chopped
  7. 1 small handful of flat parsley , finely chopped
  8. 2 tsp of Dijon Mustard
  9. 2 tsp rinsed and drained, finely chopped capers
  10. 1 tbsp of lemon juice (optional)
  11. Cayenne pepper top taste
  12. Salt & Pepper to taste
  1. Prepare the mayonnaise and stir in onion, gherkins, herbs,mustard, capers, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper. Taste and season with salt and pepper. The sauce should be highly seasoned.
Adapted from France: The Cookbook
Adapted from France: The Cookbook
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I hope you’ll try it and love it as much as we do!  Friday is coming up!  Maybe you’ll have a Fish Fryday?



  1. Kate | 10th Jul 18

    Drooling….that close up is EVERYTHING!

  2. kathy | 10th Jul 18

    Thanks,I’m looking forward to trying this !

  3. Kam | 21st Oct 18

    Yum!! That looks so good!

  4. wendy hutton | 23rd Oct 18

    looks great this is something I haven’t had in ages

  5. Jessica | 3rd Nov 18

    Erica! I used your recipe and it was perfect! I bought the Tartar sauce. I’ll try making it next time.

  6. Athena | 26th Nov 18

    I have to give this a try!

  7. Silvia D | 28th Nov 18

    love fish! I have never made Tat tar sauce , will be trying these recipes!

  8. Janet Meisner | 29th Nov 18

    We would enjoy this. Thanks for the recipe.

  9. kathy downey | 23rd May 19

    Thanks for sharing your recipe,we love Fish !

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