When it comes to making battered fish, certain types of fish work better than others. Here are some popular choices for battered fish:
Cod: Cod is one of the most traditional and commonly used fish for battered fish. It has a mild flavor, firm white flesh, and a flaky texture that holds up well in the batter.
Haddock: Haddock is another popular choice for battered fish. It has a similar flavor and texture to cod, making it a great alternative if cod is not readily available.
Pollock: Pollock is a white fish that has a mild flavor and a slightly softer texture compared to cod or haddock. It is often used as a more affordable substitute for other white fish in battered fish dishes.
Halibut: Halibut has a delicate, sweet flavor and firm flesh that works well for battered fish. It is a slightly more expensive option, but it can result in delicious and flaky battered fish.
Tilapia: While not as traditional as the previous options, tilapia can be a good choice for battered fish. It has a mild taste and a slightly firmer texture. Keep in mind that tilapia fillets are usually thinner, so adjust cooking times accordingly.
Remember, the quality of the fish is essential for a tasty battered fish. Look for fresh fish with firm flesh and avoid any fish that smells overly fishy or has discolored flesh.
What to serve with your battered fish;
Lemon Wedges: Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the battered fish to add a bright, citrusy element. The acidity of the lemon cuts through the richness of the fried fish, enhancing the overall flavor.
Malt Vinegar: For those who enjoy a tangy and slightly acidic taste, malt vinegar is a popular choice. Drizzle it over the fish and chips to add a traditional touch and a unique flavor profile.
Peas: In British cuisine, mushy peas are a common side dish to accompany battered fish. These are dried peas that are cooked until soft and then mashed. However, you can also serve plain steamed peas or a side of your favorite vegetable to add some balance to the meal.
Mash: We love creamy mash with our fish, perfect for dinner.
Salad: If you prefer a lighter option, consider serving your battered fish with a side salad. A fresh green salad or a tomato and cucumber salad can provide a refreshing contrast to the fried fish.
Chips: Why not go all out and serve your battered fish with crispy chips, maybe not completely healthy but very delicious!
These are just a few ideas but feel free to experiment and customize your sides based on your personal preferences and dietary restrictions.
Look under the recipe section for a recipe for battered fish.