Recipe courtesy of James King

Fish and Chips with Homemade Tartar Sauce

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Prep: 35 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1/4 cup gherkins

2 teaspoons capers

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh parsley

3/4 cup prepared mayonnaise

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Canola oil, for deep fryer

2 cups flour, plus more for dredging

1 teaspoon baking powder


Salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 teaspoons vinegar

2 cups water

2 pounds fresh cod

2 pounds large potatoes


  1. Dice the gherkins into small squares, then finely chop the capers; add the parsley and mix together in a bowl. Add the mayonnaise and lemon juice and stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill.
  2. Heat the oil in a deep fat fryer to 350 degrees F. Mix the flour, baking powder, desired amount of turmeric, salt and pepper and vinegar in a bowl. Slowly add the water, whisking until the batter is smooth and the proper consistency. 
  3. Put flour in a pie plate or shallow bowl. Dredge the fish in the flour, then dip into the batter. Add the fish to the oil and fry until golden brown, about 5 minutes. 
  4. Peel the potatoes then cut into large potato strips. Fry the French fries at 350 degrees F until golden brown, 7 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. 
  5. Serve fish and chips hot with tartar sauce and any other condiments you like, such as hot pepper sauce, ketchup or the like.