Sunday, April 19, 2020

Fish & Chips






Continuing our isolated lifestyle we have sought comfort in food, maybe a little too much lately but so be it. We decided to make fish and chips the other day and for us this was a challenge because we've never been very good at frying. This is one of my favorite comfort foods so it seems like a good time to try and make it.

I know the fish is simple so better to pay attention to the chips. There is nothing better than freshly sliced real potato french fries. It turns out, it is all about keeping and maintaining oil temperature.



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Research:

I relied on Julie here, no specially referenced instructions.

Ingredients:

  • A couple of fresh cod fish fillets from the counter at whole foods.
  • Bread crumbs in a dipping bowl
  • All purpose flour in a dipping bowl
  • Mix in about a teaspoon of salt.
  • Egg - couple of whipped up eggs in a dipping bowl
  • Oil - the best type of oil to use here is debatable - use one with a high smoke point. We used canola but I bet peanut oil would be good. The most important thing here is to use a lot of it. You need a large enough mass so that we don't change the oil temperature too much as we add and remove our ingredients.
  • A good quick read thermometer is important here because we want to read the oil temp before we add ingredients and then again as we add ingredients to make sure we don't add too much to overwhelm the oil with too much cold ingredients too fast such that the temperature drops below 330 degrees.





Execution:

Make your assembly line, flour, egg wash, bread crumbs and then into the hot oil.

Oil temp is important here. Around 360 degrees with enough volume of oil to keep the oil temperature stable as you add the fish and take it out. Don't put so much in it that it drops the oil temperature below 325 or your fish will be greasy. Again, read before and as you add ingredients.



Bing, bam, boom





We cooked these based on time and what they looked like Maybe 5ish minutes. I could have pulled them out a few seconds sooner? Quick measure the center of the fish. Needs to be about 145 degrees for perfect flaky fish. Again, balance the oil so that we can get the center to 145 and not burn the outside.



Okay, let's make the chips.

Freshly sliced russet potatoes are good because the enemy is moisture. So as you can see in the background, after slicing them, dab them with a towel to dry as much as you can. Cool the oil to more like 340. You don't want it so low that it drops below 320 when you add the fries. The thinner the fry the higher you can make the oil temp but never above 370. You need to balance the oil temp so that the potato cooks in the center while getting golden on the exterior. Some people recommend twice frying for this reason but you can do it in a single pass if you get the temperature correct.


Add them to your oil slowly, again it is all about maintaining oil temperature. If the oil temp gets too low your fries will be greasy.


Pull them out as they get golden then add salt. Maybe  5 minutes-ish.


Add your fish and yeah, probably went a bit overboard on the chips, let's not judge.


Overall, this is a great comfort food. We added a little homemade coleslaw but mashy peas would be best...



Verdict:

We love this meal - great cheat meal if you are being keto, turned out fresh, light, not greasy. It is like a warm hug from a loved one.

We probably could have pulled the fish out a minute sooner but despite the darker color here, they were perfectly fine.

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