Propeller Battered Fish and Chips

July 19, 2012

I love making fish and chips on the porch with my little camping propane stove. Cooking outside is one of the great joys of summer. If you have a fryer, this recipe will be quite easy. If you’re going the old-fashioned way, it can be a bit tricky.

Two of the most important things: the oil and the temperature. Use an oil with a high smoke point like peanut or sunflower. You also need to make sure your oil is always hot. Otherwise you’ll end up with a soggy mess. So don’t fry too much at a time, that brings down the temperature. Just remember, good oil and hot oil will make quality fried goodies.

This recipe could be done with a lot of different fishes. Experiment.
Sauce? Lemon-Dill Mayo

Serves 6-8

Propeller Batter

• 1 cup flour
• 1 1/2 cups Propeller Extra Special Bitter
• 1 tablespoon sunflower or grapeseed oil
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon hot smoked paprika
• 1 teaspoon baking powder

In a large bowl, whisk all the ingredients together. Add more flour or beer, depending, to get the texture of thick paint. Let sit for 15 minutes.


• 4-5 haddock fillets, cut in 3-4 pieces
• 1 cup flour

Heat your oil to about 350°F.
Dredge the fish in the flour.
Dust the flour from the fish, one by one dip them in the batter, and carefully drop the fish in the oil.
Fry until the crust is golden brown. It should take about 5 minutes.
Set them on a wire rack for the excess oil to drain.
Season with salt.


• 3-4 large russet potatoes, cut into desired shape

Make sure your heat is at about 300°F.
Blanch the fries in batches for about 5 minutes and drain on a wire rack or wire basket for half an hour.
Once all blanched, you’ll need to cook them a second time.
Bring your oil up to 375°F and fry until golden brown, for about 2-3 minutes.
Drain, salt and eat!

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Katherine @ Eggton July 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I love haddock fish and chips and I can’t get haddock where I am. This looks wonderful, and I love the sauce idea.


"The Mayor" July 19, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I agree on the haddock. It is wonderfully flaky, not fishy, and delicate but holds up well to the frying. Cod is a decent alternative and Pacific Cod is widely available, but the oil content in the cod impacts the flavor and texture a bit. Do you have a recommended substitute for the Propeller Bitter if it is not available?


Bryan July 22, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Any brown ale would do.


Malcolm July 19, 2012 at 9:10 pm

I’ve been craving fried haddock for days…this may push me over the top. Beautiful work, as always.


Bryan July 21, 2012 at 10:29 am

Thanks Malcolm, hope you enjoy some haddock soon enough!


Sue/the view from great island July 20, 2012 at 12:12 am

Don’t know why but I’ve been frying foods like mad this summer, and my batter of choice is just beer, flour, and salt. For me, this kind of eating goes hand in hand with summer. Great photos, as always!


Kate July 20, 2012 at 9:24 am

This looks absolutely delicious, and I love Propeller, so it’s a perfect match.


Bryan July 22, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Agreed, thanks Kate!


Katie July 20, 2012 at 6:30 pm

That titled just intrigued me! I’ve never had any Propeller before, and I’ll have to try it. The fish looks just beautiful!


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