Crispy Beer Battered Fish and Chips

A light, crispy fish batter that will make the best fish and chips ever.  

Serves 4 

Ingredients

700g Local Red Snapper Fillet
¾ cup plain/all purpose flour
1⁄2 cup rice flour
1¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 cup very cold CRUST Breaking Bread Ale
4 – 5 cups extra virgin olive oil

To Serve:
Tartare Sauce or Tzatziki
Lemon Wedges
Chips or Wedges

(Optional) Greens, like Kale

Instructions
  1. Pat fish dry using paper towels or a tea towel. Cut into 7 x 3cm batons, or larger fillets if you prefer. If you have very thick fillets, cut in half horizontally.
  2. Place ¼ cup rice flour in a shallow bowl.
  3. Heat 6cm oil in a large heavy based pot over medium high heat to 190°C.
  4. While oil is heating, sprinkle 3 or 4 pieces of fish with a pinch of salt, then coat in rice flour and shake off excess. You can leave them like this for up to 10 minutes.
  5. Just before cooking, whisk together the flour, rice flour, baking powder and salt. Add very cold beer into the batter and whisk just until incorporated evenly into the flour. Do not over-mix, do not worry about flour lumps. It should be a fairly thin batter but fully coat the back of a spoon. If too thick, add beer 1 tsp at a time.
  6. Dunk a piece of fish in the batter, then let the excess drip off very briefly.
  7. Carefully lower into oil, dropping it in away from you, one piece at a time. Don't crowd the pot; fry in batches. Fry for 3 minutes, flipping after about 2 minutes, until deep golden.
  8. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining fish. Serve hot! However it will stay crisp for 15 – 20 minutes.
  9. Serve with tartare sauce, lemon wedges, chips and a leafy green salad on the side. 

Recipe and Image Credit: RecipeTinEats

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