|This is a go-to recipe of all time|
that is a comfort food in our house
when we're lucky enough to have fresh halibut,
or frozen for that matter...
Prep: 10 mins. |
Bake/Fry: 30 mins.
Posted by Sandra
4 large russet potatoes, peeled
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon old bay seasoning
1 bottle dark beer, cold (go with Alaskan Beer ;-)
--1-1/2 pounds halibut, cut into 1”x2” pieces
Cornstarch, for dredging
Peanut oil, for frying
Tartar sauce (View recipe here: Tartar Sauce (Sweet or Dill) - Homemade)
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Slice the peeled potatoes into thin ½” wide fries (so they cook faster). Dry the fries thoroughly with paper towel.
Through a sieve over a medium sized bowl sift the flour, baking powder, salt, cayenne pepper, and old bay seasoning. Gently whisk in the beer just until the batter no longer has lumps.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (important as fries tend to stick otherwise). Place the dry, sliced uncooked fries into a large ziploc bag and coat with a couple teaspoons peanut oil, sprinkle with kosher salt, and close bag and toss to coat. Spread the coated fries on the prepared baking sheet, not touching. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy; halfway through the cooking time, turn the fries over.
Meanwhile, (10 minutes before fries are done), heat the peanut oil in an electric skillet to 350 degrees (or a dutch oven, using a thermometer). Don’t over crowd the pan, and begin by ‘lightly’ dredging fish strips in cornstarch (shaking off any excess), and dip into batter, then carefully immerse into hot oil. When golden brown (about 2 to 3 minutes), turn fish over and cook until golden on other side, about 2 to 3 minutes longer. Drain the fish on a paper-towel lined plate, sprinkle with kosher salt while hot.
Remove fries from oven, sprinkle with kosher salt while hot. Add to large platter with the deep-fried halibut, and serve with a slight drizzle of malt vinegar, squeezed lemon wedges, tartar sauce for dipping, and coleslaw as a side.