Beer-battered pollock bites

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins

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Serves 4
What better way to prove that pollock is the new cod than by giving it the most classic British treatment? Mushy peas optional!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving (4 people)

  • kcal600
  • fat43g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs31g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre1g
  • protein21g
  • salt0.53g
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  • 400g pollock, fillets, skinned and cut into bite-size chunks
  • sunflower or vegetable oil
  • lime wedges, to serve



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For the batter

  • 200g plain flour
  • ½ tsp golden caster sugar
  • 330ml bottle full-bodied beer (any type)

For the dipping sauce

  • 6 tbsp good-quality mayonnaise
  • juice 1 lime



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  • handful coriander leaves, chopped


  1. First make the sauce by mixing all the ingredients together, then set aside. In a large bowl, make the batter by tipping the flour, sugar and some salt and pepper into a bowl, then gradually whisking in the beer until smooth.

  2. Heat the oil in a deep fryer or heat about 5cm of oil in a wok until a drop of batter sizzles and crisps up quickly. Dredge a few chunks of fish in the batter, then deep-fry for 3-4 mins until golden. Remove, using a slotted spoon, then drain on kitchen paper. Repeat until all the fish is used. Serve the fish with the sauce for dipping and lime wedges for squeezing over.

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Comments (14)

kirren's picture

Just made these from cod bites from North Shields Fish Quay. I was a bit apprehensive in case the batter was soggy. But I used a thermometer for the oil and they turned out light, crisp and delicious. Definitely make again.

kjblackfortune's picture

I think it's funny that people are worried about the calories in a half teaspoon of sugar....THIS DISH IS FRIED! Sounds like a not-really-minding-about-calories-tonight kind of a meal to me!!! Ha!

vrog's picture

It must be years since I last deep fried anything, but after doing so saw that I'd used less oil than our average stirfry! This batter was so light - found the beer had disappeared but we had some cider so used this.
Also had difficulty getting pollack (been buying it for it's delicate flavour for a while) Fishmonger said that it's become too expensive now!

stelios's picture

Love the fact your using a fish from responsible sources, pollack is lovely.

I wouldnt add the sugar in this to be honest, I know it is there for the colour but you will get that from the beer...


mariadarby1's picture

well i didn't know what to do with the chicken i had for my 2 boys and saw this recipie and thought i'll try it with chicken, they loved it such a lovely light batter and crsip and still crisp when it was cold.

tillymica's picture

Lynsay - Cod Cheeks? I didn't know they had any??? What are they like?

oldhal's picture

I used cod cheeks for this, it was delicious and a huge hit with my 4 year old daughter who kept on asking for more...

jeman8's picture

This was one of the lightest batters I've managed - it was delicious!

jaffapie's picture

Had this the other night - absolutely delicious!
We home some leftover batter, so we made onion rings on the side...mmm!

robertonic's picture

crazyfox MUST be English. 1/2 teaspoon suger between four people = 4 calories each (if you use all the batter!). You would use more than that eating the dish ... which is very good

abigail's picture

This is a lovely recipe that the whole family can enjoy.

Not sure about the sugar but added teaspoon seemed to work ok.

crazyfox's picture

Why does the batter need to have sugar in it??
I've made beer batter before & didn't put sugar in. It's adding unecessary calories!

emmap29's picture

These pollack bites taste great. And this is a really easy recipe. My 2 year old also loves these. No more cod for us!

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