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Nathan Outlaw's Fish and Chips

Fish maestro Nathan Outlaw works his magic with this remarkable take on a quintessential British dish, which bears little resemblance to the version you're likely to pick up at the local chippie. If you can't find hake, cod or haddock work just as well.

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  1. 1

    For the tartare sauce, start by making the mayonnaise. Whisk the egg yolk, vinegar and mustard together in a bowl until well combined. Slowly add the rapeseed oil in a steady stream while continuing to whisk until emulsified.

  2. 2

    Finely dice the gherkins and add to the mayonnaise along with the capers and chopped herbs. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as necessary. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

  3. 3

    For the beer batter, combine the flour, yeast, salt, sugar and beer. Whisk together to form a smooth mixture and leave in a warm place for 10 minutes to activate the yeast and develop the flavour. Move to a cooler place until ready for frying.

  4. 4

    To start the chips, peel the potatoes, then cut into large chips. Put them in a saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Cook until still slightly raw in the centre, strain and cool.

  5. 5

    Heat some vegetable oil in a deep-fat fryer to 180˚C ready to cook the fish and chips. Once the fryer has come up to temperature, add the chips to the fryer basket and drop into the hot oil. Cook until golden brown, remove from the fryer and allow all the oil to drip off. Place in a bowl and season generously with salt.

  6. 6

    To cook the fish, mix the beer batter again to ensure it is smooth. Drag each fillet of hake through the mixture to evenly coat and drop into the fryer. Always drop items into the fryer away from the body so the oil does not splash back.

  7. 7

    To serve, place the fish on top of the chips and serve with peas and a healthy dollop of tartare sauce.


  • 4 hake fillets
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp English mustard
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 250ml rapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp fresh tarragon, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 tsp chervil
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 gherkins
  • 2 tsp capers, chopped
  • 230g plain flour
  • 15g dried yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 350ml ale
  • 6 maris piper potatoes
  • 100g peas, boiled, to plate

Serves 4

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