Jan 02

Healthier & Slightly Cheaper – Homemade Fish & Chips

My husband thinks he’s died and gone to heaven as I have instituted “fish and chips night”. I know Fish ‘n’ chips from a shop aren’t very expensive anyway – £3.80-£5 a portion. But we save where we can – and these will be a bit healthier for you. This is how to make your very own homemade fish & Chips.

How about herring or mackerel fillets fried in oatmeal and butter served with homemade oven chips. And a LOVELY tomato salad. Since I have started buying my veg from a vegetable box scheme (everything is local, seasonal, organic and fairtrade), I am getting some wonderful, full-flavoured tomatoes (and all the veg actually) so this will be a really tasty meal. Serves 4

Homemade Oven Chips


  • 3 Potatoes
  • Sea salt
  • Olive oil


  1. Peel and wash the potatoes
  2. Cut into chip shapes.
  3. Mix with your hands with a good slug of olive oil and PLENTY (a good 2 teaspoons) of sea salt.
  4. Roast at 180 degrees celsius, turning with a fish slice a couple of times, for 30 minutes (or less, check them).

Fried Herring/Mackerel


  • 1 1/2 – 2 herring each, filleted
  • 1 egg, oatmeal
  • salt and pepper
  • butter for frying


  1. Trim any remaining fins/bones off the fish
  2. Dip in beaten egg and the seasoned oatmeal.
  3. Lay on a plate ready for frying.
  4. Fry 4 or 5 at a time in plenty of hot butter quickly, but don’t burn the butter.
  5. Keep warm in the bottom of the oven while you fry the rest in batches.

Tomato Salad


  • 2 large tomatoes,
  • flat-leaf parsley – chopped,
  • 1/4 onion, chopped,
  • juice of 1/2 lemon,
  • salt and pepper,
  • olive oil


  1. Core the tomatoes and chunk.
  2. Mix with all the other ingredients and serve with the fish and chips.
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