As seen on The Londoner – I was dying to try this recipe, because when we were in London I pretty much gorged myself on Fish and Chips (The best place that I had on holiday was at The Swan in Paddington – I am sure there are ‘better’ versions, but that one stuck out to me for some reason).
Well if you look at the nutritional information for Fish and Chips anywhere, it will make you cry. I think the lowest I found – just for the fish, no chips allowed – was 700 calories. HOW CAN THEY MAKE FISH SO BAD FOR YOU?
So when I was browsing through the recipe section of my favorite London Blogger and saw that she had a LIGHT version… I about cried. Then I added it to my menu for this week.
There might be a difference in my recipe with hers. She’s in London and I am in the States, so there is bound to be a conversion factor :-)
Ingredients (for two people – or one really hungry runner):
- 2 Fillets of Halibut or any white fish (I used halibut) – I also bought this fresh – but you can buy flash frozen fish. Fresh fish is expensive yo’ – especially for my Midwest readers.. buy what you can… I suspect Frozen would work just as well.
- 2 Cups of Breadcrumbs
- 1 Tbsp Dried Chili Flakes
- 1 large Egg
For the “Fries”
- 2 Sweet Potatoes (She calls for 5, but I’m on a diet, and I could eat 5 pounds if I tried)
- 2 Tbsp of Chili Flakes
- Rock Salt
She makes her own Tartar sauce – because she’s perfect. I, however, am not. So i bought mine from a store… but for those who are talented and patient enough:
For the sauce:
(The sauce makes enough for about 4-6 people, so just pop the extra in the fridge)
3tbsp skinny mayonaise
1/2 cup Crème fraiche
3 sprigs of fresh dill
1/2 a fist full of fresh chives
3 or 4 cornichons (little gerkhins) & a tbsp of the juice from the jar
Juice of half a lemon
Preheat your oven to 350 Degrees F (180 degrees C – What??? Turns out I have readers in Europe!)
Line a cookie sheet with foil. Throw your peeled and chopped potatoes in to the pan and drizzle with about 3 TBSP of oil, top with the chili flakes and salt to taste.
Use your hands to spread the oil and toppings over all of the potatoes – realllllllllly cover those babies.
These will need to cook for at least 25 – 30 minutes (longer if you like them burned like me)
While you are waiting you can make the sauce…
Or stare at the Tartar sauce you bought at the store?
This is a mighty fine bottle of Tartar Sauce.
Now for the Fish!
Mix the breadcrumbs and chili flakes together in a bowl. Crack your egg and whisk it into another bowl. Cut the fish into strips, if you haven’t done so already, and then submerge each strip into the egg. Then, roll the egg fish in the breadcrumbs. Lay to rest on a clean plate at the end of your assembly line.
Soon you will have the beginnings of a fish mountain. Bask in its glory.
Check your fries. If they look done, remove from oven, turn oven off, and add them to a bowl. Put the bowl back into the oven that is off and cooling down to keep the fries warm.
Put a frying pan on the stove and heat it up. When it’s just about to smoke, add enough Olive Oil to coat the bottom of the pan, and swirl it around.
Turn the heat down to medium, and add the fish strips.
When you see the fish turn white and the crumbs start to brown, flip them. When the fish are done they should be white all the way through, no pink or translucent fish here.
I like mine kind of burnt… yeah, that’s it.
Add them to a clean plate and scrape the excess breadcrumbs from the pan on to the fish. Get allllllllll the crunchies you can.
Plate this amazing dinner and enjoy!
I suggest drinking a beer with this while watching Broadchurch or Law and Order UK to get the full effect.
(Which is exactly what we did.)
Nutrition Info – Recipe Builder in MyFitnessPal (not including tartar sauce, and I used 2 TBSP of Canola oil, and 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs total – I measured what was left over after breading the fish… so I guess… just use less the begin with… as to not waste)
- Calories – 570
- Carbs – 46 g
- Fat – 22 g
- Protein – 44 g
- Fiber 5 g
Not the most healthy meal, but a darn good substitute when you are craving the bad stuff!