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I know we are supposed to be eating low fat, low salt etc, but I have a hankering for fish and chips with crispy batter, but mine goes chewy, I dip the fish in flour then a batter of milk, flour and egg, but it does not end up crisp and crunchy like I want, I do not want a beer batter, does anyone have any ideas for a nice batter recipe and tips for cooking it? I know it is a sometimes food but I just want some and I like to prepare my own meals where I can control the quality of the fish etc. thanks in advance.

Posted by mom109463, 17th February 2015

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  • a tempura batter would be the best it is light and crispy plus has a nice flavor, just buy a packet of tempura flour in the shops and follow the steps on the box.
    Although beer batter is the best for light and crispy,its because the alcohol in beer evaporates during cooking faster than water leaving a crispier batter.
    another important thing for a crisp batter is the temperature of your oil,usually 170 – 180 is good.

  • Have you tried different flours? I’ve found using cornflour or rice flour adds crispiness

  • Make it up with self raising flour and cold soda water. Guaranteed crispy batter :)

  • I love a crispy batter-it is such a delight to bite into crisp batter. Hope you have had success with your batter? :)

  • Tempura batter is very crispy if you’d not thought along those lines. Great for vegetables & seafoods.

  • I dip them in flour, egg (beaten), then fresh bread crumbs. Fry in shallow oil and nom nom nom.

  • beer batter is good. look on taste.com

  • If you don’t want to use beer, you can use soda water instead. And yes, it works better cold.

  • I’ve never had much luck with batter but find that dipping the fish in egg and then cornflake breadcrumbs, refrigerating for at least 30 mins and then frying works well and tastes great.

  • Following this – I’ve never tried making my own battered fish and/ or chips but would like to try.

  • Use cornflour instead of flour and add beer instead of water…pinch salt as well!

  • im going to try the ice water next time I make a batter thanks

  • It is important to have the oil at the right temperature so that the fish immediately starts to go crispy when placed in the oil.

  • I use flour, egg and ice water for batter. This is what i use for tempura.

  • i might try to batter something. i have not done this yet lol

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