Fish and Chips? Who would have thought that this English staple “fast food ” would catch on here in Trinidad and Tobago? Of course, there is always that Trini twist that we are famous for in our cooking which could account for its popularity. Want to know how popular this fish and chips combo is? Just go by Sam’s at Maracas Bay and ask for a shark and chips … an alternative to our bake and shark. It is just as delicious with all the Trini condiments you could think of.
For this recipe I decided to forego the shark and use the more common “white fish” which is more commonly available at the supermarket. Plus, I know there are some people who don’t eat fish without scales….Anyhow, let’s leave that scales or no scales debate for another post lol haha. On with the recipe.
Fish and chips with a Trini twist
OK for this recipe I used our Simply Trini Cooking simple dredging that makes the fish really crispy outside but soft and juicy on the inside. You all may remember it from the fried fish post but I’ll still include it in this post as well.
There is something about the cornstarch and cassava flour mixture that really brings out that crunchy, melt in your mouth texture …salivating here lol!!…. of the fish as you take that first bite. After the initial crunch, your taste buds get aroused by Uncle Chadon Beni and he five piece Parang band……..; Chive on de box bass, Celery on de mandolin; Pimento pepper on shac shac; Fine leaf thyme on guitar and Garlic on de toc toc,…… called “ De Green Seasoning Serenaders” hahaha!! lol!!
Anyhow, this fish and chips recipe surely screams Trinidad and Tobago all over …. especially when you add some Mango Kuchela, tambran sauce, mother in law, mango chutney, garlic sauce ……you name it. And, doh even think of putting strawberries or apricots in there! This is as trini as you could get. Wha yuh say? Here’s Fish and Chips Trinistyle.
My fish and chips recipe
FISH AND CHIPS
3 medium sized potatoes
2 fish fillets, (white fish)
oil for frying
2 tsp. parsley
2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. green seasoning
2 sprigs fine leaf thyme
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. onion powder (optional)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup cassava flour
seasonings to taste
Wash and peel potatoes
Cut into desired strips, wash 3 times under running water until water gets clear.
Place ice cubes in water and refrigerate for 45 minutes.
Remove from fridge. Pat dry and fry over a low fire until golden brown.
While the fries are slowly frying time to prepare the fish.
Wash the fish with lime and water. Drain.
Season with the green seasoning, parsley, paprika, fine leaf thyme, black pepper and salt.
You can use the onion and garlic powders if you like.
Marinate for 10 minutes
Mix the corn starch and cassava flour and season to taste. Then roll the fish in the mixture.
Note: If you’re adventurous why not try a bit of cinnamon in the mix.
Let stand for 10 minutes
While you’re at it you can check your fries to see if it is golden brown.
When the fries are done add salt to taste and toss.
OK ! Time to fry the fish
In another pot fry the fish on both sides over a low fire until golden brown
Then place in a dish and bake in a preheated oven 300 degrees F for 10 minutes.
Serve with the fries. Add your favourite condiments and enjoy.
Note: The baking makes the outer coating crispier and the fish more tender inside. Try it, yuh go see what ah talkin about.
So, we have another recipe that’s truly Trini in its preparation. How would you add your own twist to this simple dish? I’d like to hear about it. Drop me a line or comment; or chat with me over on facebook As usual, more recipes to come.
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