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fish and chip sandwiches

Crispy Fish and Chip Sandwiches made with beer battered cod, fried until perfectly crisp and golden brown served with waffle fries, buttery sweet pickles, tangy chipotle tartare sauce and served on a toasted sesame bun. Perfect for a pub-style dinner with a crisp refreshing pint alongside.

fish and chip sandwich

Satisfyingly thick crunchy fish sandwich with all makings of a classic fish and chips. These sandwiches are irresistible and so worth the cleanup. We had a craving for some fish and chips and decided to come up with a creative fun way to present it by turning it into a sandwich. Piled high with a thick piece of fried cod and stacked with some fries this makes it an extreme sandwich! 

fried cod and waffle fries


There’s really no way around it- it can get messy. The only way to get that pub-style thick piece of fish is to fry it. You can’t get this in an air-fryer or the oven. It’s all about the batter and the thick crispy crunchiness, otherwise it’s just not fish and chips. White fish is delicate to handle, once it hits the batter you can’t put it down. It has to go straight into the hot oil. The best way to do this is to have everything already prepared. Start with the fish, cut it into the size you want for the sandwiches and sprinkle on a little bit of salt. Return them back into the fridge to keep cool. Next make the batter, make sure the liquids you use are nice and cold. When the cold mixes with the hot it will create a super thick crispy batter. Once the batter is ready place it back in the fridge to stay cool. 

cod filets


As we just mentioned, keep everything cold and use cold ingredients. This will create the best light and airy batter for your fish. Once you dunk the fish into the batter it can’t be put down. We like to set up our little prep station right next to the hot oil that way we don’t have to transport the fish fillets far. Timing is really important which is why you should try and aim to start frying the fish once the fries have been flipped and returned to the oven for their final half of cooking. The fish is not the only thing crucial to a good sandwich. A thick toasted bun helps hold it all together. Whether you want to use large burger buns, sesame buns or potato buns- brush a little bit of melted butter on the inside of each half and broil them for no longer than a minute in the oven. 

fish and chip sandwiches


We chose to stick with 2 simple ingredients, some buttered pickles and a chipotle tartare sauce. Because of the thick fried fish and stacked fries the sandwich starts to get tall and feel big. You can personalize the sandwich with your preferences of course, if you wanted to swap out the pickles for some lettuce, use regular tartare sauce, a homemade sauce or even a completely different sauce. The finishes touches are up to you!

fish and chip sandwiches

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Fish and Chip Sandwich

Perfectly-crisp, golden-brown fried fish topped with crispy waffle fries served with a tangy tartare sauce served in a toasted bun.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Burgers & Sandwiches
Servings: 4
Author: the communal feast


  • 2 4 ounce filets of boneless skinless cod, cut in half
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 oz club soda whole can if not using beer, cold
  • 3/4 355 ml can of beer (light beer such as lager), cold
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 4 sesame buns
  • 1 pkg of frozen waffle fries (substitute regular fries)
  • tartare sauce
  • buttered pickles


  • 1. Cook waffle fries according to package directions. If making regular fries or homemade fries you'll want to preheat the oven and cook the fries before getting everything else ready.
  • 2. Once the fries are in the oven, prepare the batter. In a bowl combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt and pepper. Stir until just combined. Mix in the club soda and stir to combine. Finish by whisking in the beer until smooth and a pancake like batter forms. Some lumps are okay. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
  • 3. Heat the vegetable oil for frying to 375 degrees F. Once the oil is hot, prepare the fish. Dredge each piece of fish through the batter and place directly into the hot oil. Cook until crispy and golden about 3-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set on paper towel. After 1 minute transfer to a wire rack to allow proper air flow. Repeat until all the fish is cooked.
  • 4. Brush the inside of the buns with some melted butter and broil in the oven for 30 seconds to 1 minute until just toasted. Spread tartare sauce on top and bottom, layer 4-5 buttered pickles on the bottom half, top with fried fish and some fries.
  • 5. Serve immediately!

Fish and Chip Sandwiches

Burgers & Sandwiches

August 17, 2021


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