The Best Fish Choice for Fish & Chips Dinner
What could be better than tender, flaky fish fried in a light, crispy batter with a side of golden chips? Fish and chips is one of the most popular meals from our cousins’ across the pond because of its rich combination of textures and flavors. This mouthwatering comfort food is beloved by everyone in the family.
If you are planning to make fish and chips for the first time, or hoping to perfect your recipe, choosing the right fish is essential. What makes a fish perfect for fish and chips? This is a hotly debated question, especially across the pond in the UK where restaurants sell more than 382 million portions of this dish every year. There are contests devoted to finding the best fish and chips on their island. Ultimately, it comes down to how you define the perfect fish and chips.
Do you care most about the contrasting textures between the crispy batter and flaky fish? Or do you believe the fish should have a rich flavor that complements the taste of the crunchy exterior? Or do think that the best battered fish is both flavorful and tender? We will let you decide.
We can point you to the top three types of fish for this delicious British fare: cod, haddock and pollock. You can use this guide to help you choose the best fish to use to make your ideal fish and chips.
Most Popular: Cod
To many people, cod is the top choice. It has a mild flavor and extremely tender meat. If you like a big contrast between the crunchy outer shell and delicate white fish inside, cod is the one for you. Its subtle flavor goes well with salt and vinegar.
Chef’s Choice: Haddock
Haddock is the fish that most chefs prefer for fish and chips. The texture isn’t as flaky or tender as cod but the meat has more flavor. Haddock has a slight sweetness that pairs well with the buttery flavor of the batter. It tastes delicious dunked in a curry sauce.
Most Flavorful: Boston Pollock
Pollock is a controversial choice in some households, but it is becoming more popular. A member of the cod family, pollock is juicy and tender. It is much more flavorful than its blander cousin cod. Battered and fried pollock tastes wonderful with a splash of lemon juice or tartar sauce.
Whether you prefer to make fish and chips with a tender white fish like cod, a rich fatty fish like pollock or have the best of both with haddock, come over to City Fish Market! You will find the freshest selection of delicious, sustainably fished seafood in Connecticut!
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