Monday, 24 March 2008

Coconut lime battered fish and chips

When I heard the ingredients for this month's Royal Foodie Joust I had all sorts of ideas of what to do with something from the sea, coconut and lemon or lime. I thought of Thai curry, coconut crusted fish, fish pie all sorts.

The past couple of years I've fell in love with a good Fish and Chips and came upon the idea of making a batter for some fish that included coconut milk and lime as well as chilli, garlic and ginger.

This was delicious!!! And it satisfied my craving for some fish and chips too!

Coconut lime battered fish and chips

Makes 2 portions


1 kg white fish fillet (I used haddock), skinned, boned and cut into goujons
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp lime zest
1 tsp red chilli, chopped finely.
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
1/2 egg, beaten
1/4 cup cold water
1/4 cup coconut milk
half a lime
sunflower oil for frying

7 or 8 medium sized potatoes, cut into wedges
sea salt
crushed black pepper
olive oil

1. Parboil the potato wedges for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 200˚C
2. Heat the sunflower oil in a wok or fryer.
3. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, lime zest, red chilli, garlic and ginger. Stir in the egg, water and coconut milk until smooth.
4. Drain the potatoes and spread over a baking tray. Drizzle oil over the top and sprinkle with the salt and pepper, then place in the oven for 20 minutes until crisp and brown.
5. Test that the oil is hot enough for frying by placing a drop of the batter in it, if it floats to the top the oil is ready.
6. Place the fish goujons one at a time in the batter than straight into the oil. Leave them to cook for 4-5 minutes then remove to some kitchen roll to dry a little.
7. Serve the fish and chips with half a lime to squeeze over the top.


  1. I can't do fish and chips - but this recipe sounds like it would be equally as amazing with shrimp!

  2. Nice spin on the foodie joust theme, would not have thought of this myself! I should do an entry! I just cannot think what...

  3. Love the combo of this traditional fish recipe....What a great idea, especially since I love squeezing lemon or lime on all my fish/meats.

  4. Hi Kate, i think it would be very tasty with shrimp... you should give it a go! let me know how it turns out.

    Hey Ryan. Thanks! There's all sorts you can do with those ingredients... I'm sure you can see that amongst the entries. Google the ingredients and get some inspiration! Hope you enter.

    Hi Bren, thanks for visiting my blog! And thank you! It's always good to try mixing a few recipes together and seeing what happens. I love a bit of citrus on my fish too!

  5. Oh man, I'm really craving some good fish and chips now!

  6. Sorry Katie!!!!! But you can't beat a good fish and chips!!!!

  7. I think this looks wonderful, Ruth! Best of luck on the joust!

  8. Thanks Jenn, I'm glad to be able to take part in the joust.

  9. Ruth I'm not a fan of seafood but that looks really good. sadly Juliette who wrote such a rude comment is clearly lacking in both manners & it would seem any form of good taste, whatsoever, I find that sad. very good luck with your entry Ruth :-)

    Dell xo

  10. Hey Dell, thank you!!! It was a very tasty dish that I really want to do again soon!

  11. What a great recipe! I really want to try this one out.

  12. Thanks Deborah! You really should try it!

  13. Hey - great idea! Think I might just have to nick that one... ;)

  14. Hey forkfulofspaghetti! Welcome to my blog! Thanks for your sweet comment, you really should try it! C'est trés tasty!

  15. This looks great and so I just voted for you on the Royal Food Joust. Just one question: do you think rice flour would be an alright substitute for the wheat flour? I cook for a gluten-free hubby.


  16. Wow!!! Thank you for your vote! I'm blushing now!

    Regarding rice flour vs wheat flour - I've never used rice flour but looking up here it looks like it would work fine! Enjoy! Let me know how it turns out

  17. Love it - I briefly considered something similar myself - but couldn't quite work out how to pull it together!

    Fish and chips rule!

  18. hey kittie! Fish and chips do rule! You should give this a go!

  19. Ruth:

    I appreciate the link to the ingredients substitution list. God knows I substitute lots on the fly.

    I made your delicious Coconut Lime Battered Fish and Chips with some catfish and with a rice flour breading and it was really a hit with my family of diners. I don't have a wok or fryer, so just used a saute pan and it stuck quite a bit, but I expected that and just kept using my spatula to liberate all the crusty bits. Great recipe.


  20. Hey Rachel! I'm so glad you enjoyed this dish and not only that, the whole family! It's always good to find a meal that's a crowd pleaser. How creative to use your pan too! I'm also glad to have shown you that link, I'm sure it will come in handy for you: it's helped me out loads!


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