This Battered Fish recipe is comfort food at its very best

250 ml cake flour, sifted
5 ml baking powder
5 ml salt
5 ml ground white or black pepper
30 ml grated lemon rind (optional)
250 ml milk
1 large egg
about 1 litre of canola oil for frying
salt and white pepper to taste
about 750 – 800 g white fish fillets (hake is perfect)

How to
Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, pepper and lemon rind, if using.

Whisk together the milk and egg and stir into the dry ingredients until combined then using a whisk, whisk until the mixture is smooth and lump free. Set aside to rest for 20 minutes.

To batter and fry the fish, first preheat the oil in a large saucepan to 175C.

Season the fish to taste with salt and pepper then dredge it in the batter, one piece at a time, and fry them until golden brown. It is important to maintain the oil’s heat at 175C so you will need to increase the heat while frying the fish as the cold fish added to the oil will reduce its temperature, leaving you with oily batter – not a pretty thing to eat.

As each piece of fish is cooked to your liking, drain it well and then place it on a thick layer of crumpled kitchen towel or brown paper. When drained, place in a warmed serving dish and keep warm until all the fish is cooked.

Serve with salt, vinegar and lemon wedges.

Recipe and video provided courtesy of I Love Cooking.

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