Thursday, September 10, 2009

Easy Fish Batter

Years ago, there was a fish and chip chain in Canada reputed to be connected to the late British/American entertainer Arthur Treacher. While I can't say if the shops are still in business in the U.S., I haven't heard of any left in Canada. The recipe for the following fish batter is said to be the recipe that was used in Treacher's Fish & Chip outlets. True or not, all I know is I have used it for awhile now and it is very good.


  • 3 Lb fish fillets (cod or haddock are best)

  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 Cups pancake mix

  • 3 Cups club soda

  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder

  • 1 Tbsp. seasoned salt

  • Oil (for deep-frying)

Dip moistened fish evenly but lightly in the flour. Dust off any excess flour and allow pieces to air dry on waxed paper for about 5 minutes.

Combine pancake mix with club soda to the consistency of buttermilk (not too thick or too thin). Add onion powder and seasoned salt.

Dip floured fillets into batter, shake off excess then place into preheated oil (425 degrees) in a heavy saucepan. Cook about 4 minutes per side.

Arrange on cookie sheet and keep warm in 325 degree oven untill all pieces are done. Serve with fries and coleslaw.

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