Today marks the Opening Ceremonies of the XXX Olympiad. London 2012. I always look forward to the Olympics – something about everyone coming together to compete and celebrate. The stories of sportsmanship that arise every year are so moving. I had the opportunity to attend the equestrian events in Atlanta 1996, and it’s something I’ll never forget. My mom and myself went, along with my best friend’s family. The bustling streets filled with people of all different nationalities and cultures; I was only 13 at the time, but I still felt connected to something so much larger than myself. I guess that’s what the Olympic Games are about, really.

And, London. London! What a fabulous city to be hosting. So rich in history and lore, the UK is at the top of my travel bucket list. So, for today’s post I wanted to share something that was a nod to this great city – and fish and chips immediately came to mind. I don’t fry fish often, usually preferring to pan-sear or grill it. But, we like to indulge in a good old-fashioned fish fry once in a while! I chose cod, which is a traditional choice for this dish. But haddock, flounder, or tilapia would be fine too. I recommend using a full-flavored beer in the batter, a hoppy IPA is always my go-to choice for this application.

Good luck to all the competitors these next couple of weeks, and go Team USA! Looking forward to curing up with our family tonight and watching the Parade of Nations and the lighting of the torch. Below you’ll find a picture of myself in Atlanta, circa ’96. Right in the thick of Olympic Village, posting next to a full chrome Chevy pickup. I’m pretty sure I was rocking a hot pink fanny pack as well. I hope everyone has a great weekend!


  1. Posted July 27, 2012 at 7:39 AM | Permalink

    Oh I love fish & chips, and I love the Olympics! I’m excited!

    This looks delicious, and paired with that beer just perfect.

  2. Posted July 27, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink

    I loooooove fish and chips. This picture is so incredibly drool worthy! And I am totally jealous of that Atlanta pic, I’m obsessed with the Olympics!

  3. Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM | Permalink

    I feel like I may have said this already, but you always make my favorite things.

  4. Beth
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 3:12 PM | Permalink

    I am going to try this tonight! Happy Olympics!

  5. Posted July 29, 2012 at 7:16 PM | Permalink

    Mmm, I love fish and chips so much! It looks so delicious! An perfect for the Olympics!

  6. Posted July 30, 2012 at 12:55 AM | Permalink

    Looks perfect! Mmmm so hungry!!

  7. Posted July 30, 2012 at 11:24 AM | Permalink

    I’ve had a lot of fish and chips (I’m from UK), but I’ve eaten few as good as yours look!

  8. Kit
    Posted September 11, 2013 at 3:10 AM | Permalink

    Er.. This might sound a bit silly but do you have to use a dutch oven? I don’t have one, but still would like to try making this because I love fish chips!

    • Posted September 11, 2013 at 9:56 AM | Permalink

      Kit, most certainly not. Fry this any which way you can, girl! 🙂

      • Kit
        Posted September 19, 2013 at 9:16 PM | Permalink

        Awesome! Thanks so much 🙂 I made this for my husband and some of his other Marine buddies last night and it was a hit!

  9. Diane
    Posted May 9, 2014 at 4:43 PM | Permalink

    I have never made fish ‘n chips before and yesterday I chose your recipe to make for my husband and I. Actually it was the picture as well as the easy sounding directions that was the deal maker! I can’t say enough good things about this! I used cod and after only making it once, I could make it in my sleep! My picky husband doesn’t really like fish, except for shrimp, lobster and crab. He ate one piece and I expected to see him be finished, but he kept going back for another piece, then another, then another and so on! His comment was “Excellent !” I would have to say that “excellent” just sums up the whole thing! Thank you so much for the recipe and the easy directions! This is definitely a keeper!

  10. Posted October 6, 2014 at 9:58 PM | Permalink

    what do you do with the water and salt that you set aside?

    • Posted October 7, 2014 at 1:13 PM | Permalink

      The cut potatoes soak in the brine. Corrected the error, thanks!

  11. Ana
    Posted July 26, 2015 at 9:26 AM | Permalink

    Can flour be replaced by corn meal

  12. Posted December 30, 2015 at 4:01 AM | Permalink

    This sounds really delicious and something new to try. love fish and chips, Thank you for sharing this.


  13. Amy
    Posted February 20, 2017 at 3:11 PM | Permalink

    So. These are super easy and oh so delicious! I have found my fish and chips recipe, and if you are reading this, you have too!

  14. Emily
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 11:57 PM | Permalink

    Hi! just wondering how much food this makes? Will there be enough for a family of four?

  15. Shelley
    Posted January 1, 2018 at 4:31 PM | Permalink

    I am going to try this tonight, but going to use catfish. Have you ever tried this fish?

  16. Jennifer
    Posted January 11, 2018 at 7:01 PM | Permalink

    Would this work with Pacific Whiting fish? I’ve never cooked with that kind of fish, but have some in the freezer. Also the skin is on the fish, should I remove that for frying? Thanks!

  17. Jennifer P
    Posted January 11, 2018 at 7:01 PM | Permalink

    Would this work with Pacific Whiting fish? I’ve never cooked with that kind of fish, but have some in the freezer. Also the skin is on the fish, should I remove that for frying? Thanks!

    • Posted January 13, 2018 at 11:11 AM | Permalink

      I’d remove the skin for a fried application like this (if I’m baking often I won’t), and I think whiting would be delightful.

  18. Jessica
    Posted May 6, 2019 at 9:35 AM | Permalink

    Can I swap out the beer for something else?

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