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Beer batter fish with chips and tartare sauce

There is nothing like fish and chips but I know how difficult it can be to find good gluten free fish and chips, free from cross contamination, when you are out and about. This is a delicious recipe so you can enjoy it at home whenever you want! By shallow frying the fish and oven baking homemade chips, this recipe offers a lighter take on a seaside classic.

Credited to: Chris Bavin, TV presenter


Serves 4
30 mins prep
30 mins cooking time


  • 800g Maris Piper or King Edward potatoes, scrubbed
  • 4 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 125g gluten free flour, plus extra for coating the fish
  • 150ml chilled gluten free beer (or chilled sparkling water)
  • 4 x 150g boneless skinless white fish; red bream, cod, hake, or haddock
  • 300g mushy or frozen peas
For the tartare sauce:
  • 200g light mayonnaise
  • 25g small gherkins
  • 25g capers
  • 1 small shallot, peeled and quartered
  • 10g fresh parsley
  • ½ lemon, juiced 
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/200C Fan/Gas 7 so it’s hot and ready for the home made oven chips

  2. Cut the potatoes into thick chunky chips leaving the skin on. Then place the potatoes in a saucepan, and cover with just enough cold water so that they are all submerged

  3. Bring the pan to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes until the potatoes are just tender but still firm

  4. Drain and leave to dry for a few minutes in the colander

  5. Now, place the chips onto a large oven-proof tray, drizzle with a little of the oil, (enough to give a light coating, reserving the rest to cook the fish), season with salt and pepper, and then toss gently until they are fully coated with the oil and seasoning

  6. Place in the hot oven and roast for 20-25 minutes until golden brown, crisp, and cooked through

  7. While the chips are cooking, make the gluten free batter and tartare sauce. For the tartare sauce, place all the ingredients in a small blender and blitz for 30-45 seconds, until they are all combined and roughly chopped. If you don’t have a blender, finely pre-chop the gherkins, capers, shallots, and parsley before combining with the mayonnaise and lemon juice

  8. For the batter, tip the gluten free flour into a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add the gluten free beer gradually, stirring to get a smooth batter with the consistency of double cream. Once it comes together, stop mixing so you keep the bubbles in it, thus creating a light batter

  9. Dip the fish in a little of the extra gluten free flour (this will help the batter to stick) then into the batter, coating both sides and making sure that the fish is covered

  10. Heat a large non stick frying pan until hot. Add the remaining rapeseed oil, and when it is hot, add the fish, laying it down away from you so the oil doesn’t spray up at you. Cook on one side until the batter has just puffed up and turned light golden-brown then flip over and cook on the other side

  11. Drain both the chips and fish onto parchment paper to remove any excess oil, then serve with the peas and tartare sauce.

Hints and tips:

Vegetarian? Simply swap the fish for halloumi.

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