West Coast Halibut Fish and Chips with Homemade Tartar Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 15 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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6 large russet potatoes

Vegetable oil for deep frying

2 cups flour

1/2 cup cornstarch

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Fresh ground black pepper

2 cups club soda

2 egg yolks

2 pounds West Coast Halibut fillets, (get 1 whole side of boned and skinned fish)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish

4 lemons cut into wedges, for garnish

Homemade Tartar Sauce:

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup sour cream

1/4 cup capers, chopped

1/4 cup chopped cornichons

2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley

2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, finely chopped

1/2 lemon, juiced

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Bake potatoes on a tray in hot oven for 30 to 45 minutes - until knife tender. This can be done the night before or ahead of time. Cut each potato into 6 or 8 wedges depending on the size. Heat 3 inches of oil in a deep fryer. Or you can heat 3-inches of oil in a deep pot. Begin by frying half the wedges at a time for 4 to 5 minutes until crispy and brown. Drain on paper towels and season with salt.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and cornstarch. Season the flour mixture with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Make a well in the center and gradually pour in the club soda and egg yolks whilst whisking. Work your way from the center out slowly combining the dry ingredients to form a smooth batter. Lightly coat the fillets of fish in seasoned flour then dip in batter and fry in 375 degree F oil. Fry for 4-5 minutes until crispy and golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels, then season with salt. Serve with crispy fried parsley leaves and lemon wedges.
  4. Prepare the tartar sauce:
  5. In a small mixing bowl, combine all the tartar sauce ingredients. Set aside in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes before serving, to let the flavors come together.