Fish and chips

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
Serves: 4
Prep time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 1 hr
Total time: 1 hr 15 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort
Costs: Mid-price


    • 8 plaice fillets
    • 1 tablespoon plain flour
    • 2 tsp ground paprika
    • ¼ 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 (2¼lb) 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


    1. To make the chips: Set the oven to Gas Mark 7 or 220°C. 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.
    1. 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.
    1. 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.
    1. 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

fat 17.0g saturates 2.0g calories 482(kcal)


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.