Posh fish and chips
This one-pan, oven-baked take on the classic fish and chips is an unbelievably quick and easy family supper that’s a lot healthier, too. The crunchy, golden crumb for the fish is given extra flavour with parmesan
- Serves: 4 persons
- 500g Maris Piper potatoes
- a splash olive oil
- a large pinch dried oregano or thyme
- 4large or 8 small fillets (about 600g total weight) skinless white fish (cod, haddock, coley or hake)
- a knob (optional) butter
- to serve tartare sauce
- 4heaped tbsp fresh white breadcrumbs
- grated to make 3 tbsp parmesan
- 2tbsp olive oil
- ½tsp sea salt flakes
Step 1Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Cut the potatoes in half lengthways, then cut each half into three or four wedges, depending on their size. Put them in a bowl and toss with the olive oil, dried oregano or thyme and some salt to coat the wedges. Spread out in a single layer, cut-side down, on a large baking tray or shallow roasting tin. Bake for 15-18 minutes, turning the wedges after 10 minutes, until crisp and golden all over.
Step 2Meanwhile, mix together all the parmesan crust ingredients and set aside. Boil a kettleful of water.
Step 3Tuck any thin ends of the fish fillets underneath so they are an even thickness. Spread the parmesan crust mixture evenly over the fish, patting gently to ensure the fish is well coated, then nestle the fillets between the potato wedges on the tray, moving the wedges to make space if needed but keeping everything in one layer. Bake at the top of the oven for 5-7 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets, until the fish is just cooked through.
Step 4Meanwhile, put the samphire in a heatproof bowl and pour over enough just-boiled water from the kettle to cover it. Leave for 5 minutes, then drain and stir in the butter (if using). Add the samphire to the baking tray when the fish is cooked, then serve with tartare sauce, if you like.