29 Reviews

The batter itself is a bog-standard batter, The original way us peasants in the UK have had our fish and chips for hundreds of years. Adding egg and beer and sparkling water is a jumped up 70's chef idea. This is the best way and the true way to have it. The only change I would suggest is to use ICE cold water. Add ice cubes to the water, get it real cold. Sounds crazy but hot oil and the freezing batter puffs it up even more. Also if you are doing an oriental meal and looking for a great starter. Add a teaspoon of Chinese 5 spice and try it with prawns...mmmm

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lespearson January 11, 2011

I've spent weeks off and on looking for a good simple batter without eggs and beer and specialty flour and sparkling water etc. Definitely not one using Bisquick. I like to do everything from scratch. Not a "box" kind of girl. A recipe that truly was crispy and stayed crispy throughout the entire meal. This recipe was so simple I doubted it would work, but low and behold it did. Light, crispy, beautiful golden colour and good flavour. I made it a little too thick but that was my fault. I didn't quite add enough water. Despite my booboo, the batter remained crispy not pudgy or soggy throughout the entire meal and bits of batter were still crispy as we cleaned off the dinner plates for washing . I cooked this at 376 as that is the highest my fryer goes. Also used freshly changed vegetable oil.

Thanks so much. I was getting tired of experimenting with every recipe out there. :O) Should be nice on Onion Rings as well.

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Chef Ripley November 08, 2010

Awesome batter! Amazing that such a simple recipe can work so good! After trying many times to make a batter that stays crispy, and doesn't fall off the fish, I finally found it... Thanks Alot!

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Symansez February 27, 2012

This is a great recipe for a crispy batter, so good for what seems to be so few ingredients! I did add about a 1/4 cup more water, as it was a little to thick for my preference. I'll definitely be using this recipe again!

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roweena April 14, 2011

I Battered a fish called Basa tonight with this recipe. I had to enjoy a second piece. Simple, easy, fast and good. Thank you!

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mscarolscott July 31, 2009

This was brilliant!!! Really crispy, very, very impressed!!!

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mama.toangel May 02, 2009

I would give this 5 stars, but I made a change. I used beer instead of water & a dash cayenne & let batter set covered for about 3 hours. also dipped the fish in wonder flour first. This is the best batter, will never use anything else. Even after setting the fish never got soggy, the taste was so devine, could not stop eating it. Thanks hollyberry for this great base. I'm sure the recipe as is, must be great also.

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dolores in paradise January 30, 2009

This was just what I was looking for. I was having trouble finding a fish batter recipe that was crispy, little did I know the secret was in the amount of baking powder. Thank-you very much.

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homegirl 7147 March 06, 2008

A really nice crispy batter! Added 1 tbs of turmeric for added flavour because using freshwater fish. Excellent. *****

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kc2com June 01, 2016

This recipe is fail-safe. Makes batter exactly as our family loves it.A weekly favourite

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margaret.hilley August 25, 2015
Crispy Batter for Fish & Chips