Bistro-style fish and chips

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Plaice fish and chips
Plaice fish and chips
  • Serves: 4

  • Prep time:

  • Cooking time:

    Chips cooking time: 40-45 mins
  • Total time:

  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Costs: Mid-price

Woman's Weekly recipe You don't always have to head to the takeaway to get a delicious portion of fish and chips. This bistro-style dish uses paprika-flavoured plaice, goose fat-roasted chips and a cumin salt for extra flavour


  • 8 plaice fillets
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour
  • 2 tsp ground paprika
  • tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
For the chips:
  • 2 tbsp goose fat or rapeseed oil
  • About 1kg (2lb) Maris Piper potatoes, unpeeled, cut into thinnish wedges, rinsed and dried in a tea towel
Cumin salt
  • 1tbsp sea-salt flakes
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon rind
  • 1-2 tsp cumin or fennel seeds

Its best to leave the skin on the fish; then the pieces stay intact while cooking.


  1. To make the chips: Set the oven to Gas Mark 7 or 220C. Put a baking tray in the oven to heat up, with the goose fat or rapeseed oil in it. When the fat is hot, add the potato wedges and cook for 40-45 mins, turning them after 25 mins.
  2. Trim the fish fillets all round, then cut each one in half lengthways and then into 4 pieces crossways (into diamond shapes), so that you have 16 pieces. Mix the flour, paprika and cumin with a pinch of salt and a little pepper on a baking tray. Lightly coat the pieces of fish in the mixture.
  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the fish pieces and cook them for just over a min each side, in 2 batches. Serve with the chips and cumin salt.
  4. To make the cumin-flavoured salt: Put sea-salt flakes, lemon rind and cumin or fennel seeds in a food processor, or pestle and mortar, and grind together to combine, but not to a fine powder.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 482(kcal)
  • Fat 17.0g
  • Saturates 2.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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