Traditional Fish and Chips in Batter

Any visitor to Scotland has heard about the traditional fish and chips in batter, or as we call it, "A Fish Supper."

It's not a food for the health conscious or should I say weight watcher, but if you're visiting - it would be a shame if you didn't try it at least once.

You will find Fish and Chip Shops up and down the land selling the traditional fish and chips in batter. Of course some owners claim to have a 'special and secret' ingredient that makes 'theirs' better than anyone else's.

During World War 2 when food was often rationed, fish and potatoes were two food that were not - and it's often been said by that generation that it kept the nation going during the war.

You might be thinking that Fish and Chips is also famous in England. The difference is that in Scotland, the Fish Supper is made with Haddock, while in England it was traditionally made with cod.

The chips are made with good 'floury' potatoes such as Golden Wonder (definitely NOT your wee French Fries. They are often served with 'mushy peas' - made from dried marrowfat peas.

Of course Scotland has many famous fish dishes from Cullen Skink, the soup made with smoked haddock, delicious salmon and recipes like Trout in Oatmeal. But traditional fish and chips in batter is by far the most popular.

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Meanwhile I hope you enjoy trying this traditional Fish and chips in Batter Recipe.

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Traditonal Fish and Chips in Batter

Traditional Fish and Chips in Batter


The Peas
10oz / 300 gm dried marrowfat peas
Malt Vinegar (enough to moisten peas

The Batter
Self-raising flour
Sparkling mineral water (some people add beer)
Malt vinegar
Pinch of Salt

4 fresh haddock fillets (frozen can be used too)
4 or 5 floury potatoes (depending on your appetite)


  • Soak the peas overnight.

  • The following morning,cover and oil then for about 1 hour or until tender.

  • Drain most of the water, keeping a wee bit to keep them moist

  • Add vinegar and salt to taste.

  • Peel and cut potatoes into chips.

  • Parboil for approximately 5 minutes.

  • Drain and place on kitchen roll to get rid of moisture

  • Sieve flour and salt in bowl.

  • Make well in centre, add fizzy water or beer.

  • Whisk until the batter is smooth and creamy and shows bubbles on top.

  • Add 2 tbs vinegar which helps the batter to crisp.

  • Heat some oil in a deep fat fryer.

  • Test temperature by dropping in a tiny amount of batter (it should quickly turn golden and crisp.

  • Pre-heat your oven to high.

  • Dry the haddock on kitchen roll, then dip and coat it completely with the batter.

  • Place in fryer and cook for 5 - 10 minutes depending on size of fish.

  • Ensure it doesn't become too brown.

  • Remove from fat, and drain on kitchen roll.

  • Keep warm in he oven, until the remainder has been cooked.

  • Cook the chips in the oil as normal.

If you've enjoyed this traditional fish and chips in batter,then see also the following:-

Easter Sunday Menu - Have a look at the recipes I've chosen for Easter Sunday - Cream of Carrot & Coriander Soup, Roast Lamb, followed by profiteroles.
Valentine's Meal - Try the recipes I've chosen for Valentine's Day - starting with Smoked Salmon Mousse followed by Steak in a Whisky and Pepper Sauce, and finishing with a delicious Chocolate Cream.
Mothers' Day - A simple menu of Cottage Pie followed by rhubarb crumble.
Christmas Cake - Do try this recipe for a traditional Christmas cake.
Black Bun - This is traditionally served at Hogmanay when bringing in the New Year.
Clootie Dumpling - This rich and traditional dish is a favourite all year round but especially at Christmas time.
Christmas Pudding - This traditional pudding is usually served on Christmas day throughout the UK as well as Scotland.
Cullen Skink - This famous fish soup is made with smoked haddock.
Trout in oatmeal - This traditional and famous dish made with local ingredients.
Roast Turkey - This simple recipe will be ideal for Christmas or Thanksgiving.
Roast Venison - Make Christmas, Thanksgiving or other celebration special by serving roast venison to your guests.
Best Scone Recipes - Try the plain, fruit or the cheese scones.
Famous Shortbread Recipes - Have a look at some variations of shortbread recipes.
Haggis - Try this world-famous dish.
Pretend Haggis - If you can't face the 'real' thing, try this easy-to-make pretend haggis recipe.
Forfar Bridie - Try this filling meat 'pastie'.
Raspberry Recipes - See what you can do with a punnet of delicious raspberries, including the famous dessert, Crannachan.
Scotch Broth - See the recipe for hearty Scotch Broth.
Scotch Eggs - A simple recipe for you to try. Can be served hot or cold.
Scotch Pancakes - A quick, inexpensive treat for your guests.
Potato Scones - Serve Potato (or tattie) scone as part of the traditional Scottish Breakfast.
Tablet - Indulge in this delicious, but sweet Scottish confectionery.
Scottish Leek Soup Recipes - Try these two famous Scottish Leek Soup Recipes.
Scottish Lorne Sausages - Try this everyday dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Scotch Pies - This Traditional pie is made with mutton or lamb.
Porridge - Try a bowl of this famous Scottish breakfast dish.
Savoury Mince Pie - This delicious but simple pie is served in households across Scotland.
Salmon Patties - A variation on the Fish Cake - but using Scottish oats.
Stovies - Try this simple, everyday dish, can be made with lamb, corned beef or even sausages.
Tipsy Laird - This delicious whisky trifle (similar to sherry trifle) is traditionally served at a Burns Supper.
Burns Supper - Learn a bit more about a Burns Supper and get the Menu and recipe for Haggis, chappit potatoes and bashed neeps.
Hogmanay - See how we bring in the New Year in Scotland.
Traditional Scottish Christmas - Have a look at some Scottish Christmas traditions.

Also look at some of the recipes contributed by visitors to this site.
Grandma Wright's Clootie Dumpling, Mince and Tatties, Quick Microwave Christmas Pudding, Cup of Tea Cake, Scottish Recipe against a Sore Throat, Gaelic Coffee, Mealy Potatoes, Scot's Pepper Pleasure Boat

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