Battered Cod n Chips

Battered Fish and Chips | Cravings of a Lunatic | Super easy way to make battered fish and chips!

Hi folks. Going to make this one snappy as it’s late and I am bushed. Tuckered out. Plum worn out. You know, exhausted.

So I made fish last month. I make fish alot now that mini-me likes it. So I’ve been tweaking the recipe a bit. I did this one with cod simply as it’s mini-me’s fave. So we just all suck it up and eat it although I prefer haddock or halibut. But you know, she’s eating fish now so I am willing to cook whatever she wants if it means she’s expanding her palette a bit.

So here we go, this is the tweaked version. I shall probably tweak it one more time. So be on the lookout for the final version at some point.

Mini-me’s Battered Cod but Mom Wishes it was Battered Halibut Recipe:


400 gram package of cod
4 tablespoons flour
Himalayan Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
1 1/4 cups pancake mix
1 1/4 cups Perrier water or any fizzy water you can find
1 egg


In a shallow bowl mix your flour, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Preheat your oil in the deep fryer. 

In a large bowl combine pancake mix, Perrier and egg. Stir until combined but don’t over mix it. You want it fairly runny as it makes the batter lighter and it sticks to it better. I always add a pinch of salt and pepper to this as well.

Cut fish into pieces.

Now dredge you fish in the flour mixture.

Immediately dunk it in the pancake mixture. 

Carefully drop in the hot oil. 

Cook for about 6 or so minutes. Turn over halfway with tongs. 

Remove and blot with paper towel. 

Serve immediately or if doing fries you can slip it in a warming drawer or oven set at about 250 degrees until they are ready.

Serve with a smile.

Tip- if you need to add more Perrier to get it runnier then please do so. Not all mixes are the same. The key to a nice batter seems to be a thin, slightly runny consistency. 

French Fries (double fry):


5 or 6 Russet Potatoes
Oil for frying, I use a deep fryer so oil is always in it. I would guess if doing them in pan it would require about 4 to 6 cups of oil.


Preheat oil in fryer.

Peel and slice up your potatoes.

Cook them for about 3 to 4 minutes in hot oil.

Remove from oil and set aside.

When fish (or whatever you make with it) is done then dunk them back down in hot oil for another 4 minutes for light, about 6 or so minutes for dark fries.

Lay on a paper towel and blot.

Serve while hot.

So how you making out? Craving some fries right now? Want this bag of them? Aw, you’re so sweet to want and like my fries. But seriously, go get your own cuz these ones are mine. All mine! None for you! You must go make your own!

Okay so this is not the healthiest meal in the world but seriously who cares. It’s not like you eat it every night or anything. If you do, well then you should seek help now. I mean look at all that grease. Cut back a little please. If this is an occasional indulgence then have at it. Enjoy!

So if you’re wondering what the brown sack is all about, let me explain. My Mom was a huge french fry fan. She made them quite often. Even been known to eat a french fry sandwich. I do not partake but have siblings that do. Seems icky to me. Anyhow my Mom used to make us fries and she would put them in brown paper bags and we would sit on the porch and eat them. She used to just douse them in salt. So when I made this the other night I was feeling nostalgic so I pulled out the bags for the photo. We did not eat them on the porch as it’s freezing here. I’ll have to do that in the spring with the kids. It seems even more fitting considering I bought my parent’s house after they were both gone. So to be able to be in the house I grew up in and have those memories and be able to make the same ones with my own kids is very cool. Now we also did the paper bag thing with potato chips. But that’s a whole ‘nother post.

Toodles and smoochies. xx

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  1. Tina says

    Congrats on top 9!
    Nothing like fish and chips-cod is the best for that. A pancake mix batter is easy and delivers great result-your pictures are irresistable. Yum!

  2. FlexYourFood says

    LOVE fish and chips, especially double fried chips. Pretty sure can get on board with that. I like making little paper cones to serve them in :)

  3. The Mom Chef says

    You know, I've never made fried fish at home and I have no idea why not because I love it. Yours looks absolutely fantastic.

    I'd be fine with any white fish; tilapia, that glorious bottom-feeder even. Now I'm going to have to rethink that.

    That's cool that your mom would put the fries in paper bags for ya'll to eat on the porch. What a fantastic memory.

  4. Amy says

    I'm not a fish fan…though I am better about trying some of Nate's….but those do look yummy and the fries look fab! When you said you're sending me something…please say that it is fries LOL!

  5. says

    You're making me so hungry…good thing it's almost lunchtime. This looks/sounds fabulous. I'm a halibut fan as well, but I'm sure the cod was still tasty. :)

  6. Nami | Just One Cookbook says

    This year I became a big fan of fish and chips. I have been wanting to make good one at home (I already know my favorite restaurant that serves good fish n chips). I have to try your recipe. Using pancake mix is really interesting and your pictures are convincing!!!! Can't wait to try!

  7. Anne@frommysweetheart says

    Mini-you is right! Fish n chips is sooooo much better with cod! These look awesome. I love the idea of serving the fries in a brown paper bag (makes for a very cool picture too!).

  8. cookingvarieties says

    hi kim bee, many thanks for your kind visit and sweet comments..
    wow your site is fabulous, you cook with confidence ha ha ..i like the classy looking photo at the top.
    the newspaper is perfect to absorb the fish oil-
    the brown paper bag is perfect to contain the fries and absorb the oil also :)
    perhaps you have both food at the garden or the porch, each of you with two brown paper bags..classsy huh.
    have a nice day kim bee, you seem like a very cheerful person.

  9. Vindya Narsian-Krishnan says

    Oh my my ..absolutely love this one. Your pics are amazing, it almost feels like I can reach out and grab a few 😉

  10. Ann says

    This looks delicious! When I make popcorn, I like to salt it in a lunch bag and shake – so I'm totally with you on the brown bag!

  11. janet@cupcakestocaviar says

    Ooooo, fish and chips. Excuse me while I drool.

    That IS cool that you live in your childhood home. The romantic sentimentalist (don't tell anyone I have those qualities please) in me loves stories like that.

    Also… Kim, are you tired by chance? 😀

  12. says

    I'm not a big fish eater, but MAN those chips look awesome! I'll take a plate of those please :)

  13. Free Spirit Eater says

    I was in the mood for fish and chips but the truck it came from didn't look so great. But I'll definitely have to try your recipe, it looks great! Thanks for sharing! =]

  14. Erin says

    My family would love this!! Fish isn't my favorite but the guys in my family could eat it daily. Want to make this for them!

  15. Eva@ says

    Hi Kim, very nice recipe. I bought a mini deep fryer a couple years ago, hardly ever use it.

  16. Cathy W says

    Such a beautiful story about your mom…and your fish and fries look so good! I can't wait to give this a try..

  17. Cassie @ Bake Your Day says

    My hubby would love this. He's been on a fish and chips kick lately and this looks amazing. Who doesn't love fried fish!?!

  18. Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen says

    Okay, this totally brings back memories of my summer in Edinburgh, Scotland… I used to buy fish and chips wrapped up in newspaper for dinner! They served it with "brown sauce," a kind of tart vinegar sauce. So yummy! Love that you used newspaper in your pics. :)

  19. Kim Bee says

    Thanks everyone. Got some life stuff happening right now so just going to do a collective thank you. First time I think I've not replied to everyone individually.

  20. mike @ the culinary lens says

    Looks so good. This reminds me of my misspent youth an what I'd eat on the way home from the pub after too many beers . I'd need to look less drunk when I got home to mom LOL

  21. Spicie Foodie says

    I love fish and chips and would love to try yours. It sounds and looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing your great recipe.

  22. Paper Plates and China Recipe Blog says

    I love the idea of using a fizzy water instead of buttermilk, which is how I was taught to prepare fish to fry. I bet this was really good!

  23. Kim Bee says

    @Mike- Lol! I too remember days of trying to get straight before walking in the door. Too funny.

    @spiciefoodie- Thank you so much. Hope you try this.

    @Paper Plates- There is something about that fizz that really does cool things to the batter.

  24. Lilly says

    I love fish and chips!! And serving it on news paper is very British to me =)
    Your fish looks perfectly cooked and I would die for some of those potato chips.

  25. Kim says

    My mom would take the hot fries out of the oil, thrown them in a brown bag, sprinkle in some salt and shake the bag. The bag is a really effective way to get rid of the extra oil and the fries come out evenly salted!
    I am going to try your batter. Thanks for sharing!
    ~ Kim

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