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How to make fish and chips with a twist

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In celebration of National Fish and Chip Day (September 4), I’m sharing my take on one of Britain’s favourite dishes; cod coated in panko breadcrumbs, served with sweet potato fries.

Although this version is lighter on the calories, it’s just as tasty as the classic. Here’s what you need for two servings:


  • 2 x fillets of white fish (cod, haddock or basa will do the trick)
  • 2tbsp plain white flour
  • 1 x egg
  • 250g panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 small sweet potatoes
  • 1tbsp polenta (not ready made)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil

How to make white fish coated in panko breadcrumbs with sweet potato fries

  1. Preheat the oven to 200c. While the oven is heating up, peel the sweet potatoes and cut into fries. Pat dry with a dish cloth, before placing on a baking sheet
  2. Drizzle with a little olive oil, then season with salt and pepper and sprinkle the polenta over the fries
  3. Give the fries a good mix to make sure they are coated in the mixture, then bake for 45 minutes, or until crisp
  4. While the fries are baking get three bowls and place the breadcrumbs in one, the flour in another and in the third bowl, whisk the egg
  5. Coat each fillet with flour, before dipping in the egg. Finally, coat with the breadcrumbs and season well
  6. Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan. Cook each fillet of fish as per the cooking instructions (usually around 3-4 minutes) – try to keep the heat low-to-medium, to avoid burning the breadcrumbs
  7. Serve the fish and chips with a squeeze of lemon and a side salad

Panko breadcrumbs have a glorious crunch to them, unlike any other breadcrumbs I’ve used in cooking. This recipe also works well with fish goujons, served on some sourdough bread with a dollop of mayonnaise to make the ultimate fish finger sandwich.

While this recipe is a bit of a departure from the classic, it’s something you can easily make at home in under an hour and tastes absolutely delicious!

Chiara is an editor who likes the simple things in life; a cup of tea by the fire, travel, and spending time with friends and family. She also can’t resist the lure of Scandinavian decor and has a penchant for anything warm and cosy. You can find out more about Chiara and follow her adventures on her blog, Wine and Olives.