Welcome to my Slimming World Beer Battered Fish & Chips Fakeaway night in. Enjoy delicious beer battered fresh cod fillet with delicious homemade chips and served with my favourite garlic mayonnaise.
I grew up in a boring seaside town in the north east of England. I say it was boring because it really was, especially through the eyes of a teenage girl. You had to jump on the train for 40 minutes to the nearest city and the shops were very limited.
There were druggies in the town that wondered where they would shoplift from next in order to get their next fix. There was a bit of petty crime too but nothing too serious. In other words it was one of those towns where nothing ever happened.
The job prospects were either working as a waitress or working in a care home and that is exactly what the majority of the people I went to school with now do. Well apart from the lucky ones that escaped the town and moved somewhere with more prospects.
Though maybe I took it a bit far? I moved 2 hours in the opposite direction for four years, followed by our move to Portugal nine years ago.
The elderly visited the town for their summer holidays, religiously every summer and it had more people than walking space and looked interesting and well loved. My parents ran one of the local holiday flats and I would love the elderly visitors that came through in the summer.
Their favourite place to go was always for fish and chips as the town was famous for it. On every street corner there would be a fish and chip shop and I would estimate that throughout the town there was about 50 of them.
Throughout my teenage years I must have worked in about 4 of the fish and chip shops. I would watch as they battered the fish and served it with chips and mushy peas.
I must say, it made me absolutely hate fish and chips. All that grease looked horrible. I would much rather have my fish as seafood served with rice in a Paella. Which was probably a good thing as otherwise I would have eaten it all and got seriously FAT!
Dominic on the other hand, believes that fish should only ever be battered and as a true Yorkshireman adores his beer battered fish and chips.
But even though I never really cared for it much from a fish and chip shop I do truly love making my own beer battered fish and chips in the Airfryer. This is because there is a lot less fat involved and you can really taste the flavours without it feeling like grease on a plate.
This is also a Slimming World Fakeaway type too. So this means it is lower in calories and much lower in fat. And OMG if you used to go to the fish and chip shop with your grandparents for supper on a Friday night then you will love this.
The real deal beer battered fish and chips!
How To Make Beer Batter
The idea behind a good beer batter is that it is nice and thick so that it sticks to your fish or chicken. If it is thin it will just fall off. The beer batter is best if you make the beer batter an hour before you plan to use it.
To make the beer batter mix together 150ml of beer with 100g of plain flour and seasonings of your choice.
We seasoned our beer batter with a teaspoon each of salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, turmeric and garlic puree.
If you want to change the amount of beer batter than simply follow the rule of 2/5 flour to 3/5 beer.
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- Start by making the batter. Mix together the plain flour, the seasoning and the beer. Mix until smooth and make sure you don’t have any lumps from the flour. Place the batter in the fridge for an hour.
- Peel and then slice the potatoes into chip shapes.
- Squeeze any excess moisture from the fish and season well with salt and pepper.
- Chop the fish into fish pieces and dunk into the batter until well coated.
- Place the chips in the Airfryer with the olive oil drizzled over them and cook for 6 minutes at 180c/360f.
- Transfer the potatoes to the baking pan and cook along with the fish at the same temperature for a further 7 minutes.
- Serve with dipping sauce.
We used Sagres beer. It’s a very popular regular beer that is sold in Portugal. The great thing is that we can buy it by the can and it saves on waste. For a dip for dunking I made a quick one with natural Greek Yoghurt. I mixed together 3 tablespoons of Greek Yoghurt with the juice of a small lemon, along with ½ a teaspoon of fresh minced garlic.
It is so good and perfect for your beer battered fish and chips! We found that placing the battered fish over the half cooked chips meant that the chips were like chippy chips and had loads of flavour. I use turmeric in the batter as it helps give it the golden colour when cooked with the paprika.
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Slimming World Beer Battered Fish & Chips
I bet you are wondering how high in Syns this is? After all it has olive oil, plain flour and beer in this recipe?
Well I will start by saying, if you went to a real Fish & Chip shop and had fish and chips out of the fat fryer, then you would be looking at 28.5 Syns per person.
However our low Syn version is 17.85 Syns for the flour, 6 Syns for the olive oil and as little as 2.2 Syns for the beer. This rounds off your Slimming World Fakeaway at just 26 Syns in total or 6.5 Syns per person.
Plus the portion size is not small so you could spread this around 5 of you instead of 4 to make it even more low Syn.
I’m really pleased with how low Syn this has come in, especially with what is in the recipe and it proves if you air fry your food instead of deep frying, it can still taste amazing and be a lot healthier too.
I also never promise to make my Slimming World Fakeaways Syn Free, but what I do promise is that it will be a lot lower in Syns and much healthier than the real thing. This cuts down the Syns by 75% so I couldn’t ask for better.
Airfryer Fish & Chips Vs Real Fish & Chips
We have owned an Airfryer for more than 5 years. In that time we have made a lot of deep fried classics the air fried way. We have got excited over onion rings, chips, chicken nuggets and of course fish and chips.
But it is so long since we have had deep fried anything. And the batter of real deep fried fish is very thick, very greasy and incredibly fatty.
We were doing some market research and headed out to a real fish and chip café here in the Algarve. I hate fish and chips so I spent the time dunking mayo into the chips. But Dominic had the fish and he ended up ill for a day because the batter was not what he was used to and it was overly fatty.
If he had then got used to eating this regularly again I would imagine that his IBS would come back and he would eventually get cholesterol problems.
So next time you think about heading to the chip shop for dinner, then think twice.
Slimming World Beer Battered Fish & Chips Fakeaway Recipe Podcast
We also have created a short version of the recipes combined in this fakeaway into a Podcast. We have loaded it up onto our Itunes account and it is great for a quick download and then you can save it to your phone and then have it in your kitchen with you as you cook.