Beer-battered pollock bites

Beer-battered pollock bites

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(8 ratings)

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



    The same shape, but smaller than…

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



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 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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29th Apr, 2014
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.
21st May, 2013
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!
26th May, 2011
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!
25th Jun, 2010
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... Stelios
4th Oct, 2009
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.
1st Oct, 2009
Lynsay - Cod Cheeks? I didn't know they had any??? What are they like?
1st Oct, 2009
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...
20th Sep, 2009
This was one of the lightest batters I've managed - it was delicious!
24th Nov, 2008
Had this the other night - absolutely delicious! We home some leftover batter, so we made onion rings on the side...mmm!
27th Aug, 2008
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


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