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Mar 23, 2008 08:09 PM

Best fish for Fish n'Chips??

After a satisfying Good Friday of haddock n'chips...I was curious if I made the right choice....haddock, cod or halibut??? I'm not sure of the difference and what would make the ultimate fish n'chips?

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  1. Honestly all 3 would be fine fried up they are pretty equal in taste and texture. The next time you cook it up let me know I'll be there in a jiffy :)

    1. Halibut is so wonderful, it's practically a sin to fry it and use it in fish and chips, IMO. My uncle (owns a fish market out on Long Island) says that hake, pollock and haddock make the best fried fish...:)

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      1. re: QSheba

        I've used cod. pollock haddock, halibut( I can think of better ways to use it though) Mostly it's been cod cause it just easier to get and generally cheaper althought with the exception of the halibut they're all fairly cheap. A few times I have used monkfish especially when I was able to find it very fresh. It's a pain in the a$$ to clean and to get all that nasty membrane off But everyone who tasted was was totally surprised by the taste and texture which is almost lobster like.

        1. re: tastelikechicken

          I agreed with monkfish! It is very different from the rest of the fish mentioned. The flesh was much more meaty and firm compared to the flaky flesh of cod or halibut. I had tried both monkfish (fillet) fish and chips and fish nuggests using monkfish cheeks. The latter was a bit stringy to me.

          Flounder is also great in taste when fried, but it doesn't give you the thickness like other types of fish.

          My favorite is actually wild grouper. It was one expensive fish and chips, but it was so worth it! It was sooo good!

          1. re: kobetobiko

            I think people would be very surprised with monkfish. Only problem I see is availablity outside of the East Coast.

      2. I really don't think they are similar in taste; I have always disliked cod. I am apathetic about haddock. But I love halibut. If I'm going to eat fish and chips, it'll be halibut. If I'm going to cook the halibut myself, it will not be deep fried.

        In BC, we have salmon offered at some Fish and Chip places. I've never tried it because I only like salmon rare, and I don't know exactly how much control the have over that when they're deep-frying. I think they use sockeye.

        And really thinking about it, my rule for fish and chips is the same as my rule for fish in general: whatever's fresh. (And living on the Pacific, I CAN be picky.)

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        1. re: miss_bennet

          I used to work in a fish and chip place in Victoria BC and we served Halibut, cod and salmon.
          IMHO the salmon looks weird in Fish n Chips because the colour of the flesh would show through the batter, alsways looked kinda creepy to me, and also it oily anough to begin with, do you have to deep fry it too?
          Cod is classic and I love it.
          Halibut rocks too, but again I can think of better things to do with my halibut than deep fry it :)

          1. re: starlady

            Which one in Victoria? If you lived there many years ago do you remember when what is now 'Value Village' used to be like an indoor farmers market? I used to sell my fish to the guys who had a fresh local fish stall there.
            Yeah deep fried salmon is just wrong. Fresh halibut IMO is too nice a fish to fry in batter. For me the all time very best fish for deep frying is the 'Black rockfish'. Nice fat fillets. White flesh. Sweet tasting like no other fish. BC fish are the only ones I have eatin but I hear sea bass is excellent. It sort or looks like Black rock cod. Maybe closely related.
            Just looked at a photo of one. They look identical.

            1. re: miss_bennet

              Salmon is great for fish And chips Halibut, haddock, is great, Cod is okay Pollock is disgusting.

            2. I would go for cod, haddock and if available in America, plaice (it's a flat fish and fries quickly). Sole or lemon sole is also terrific. Whiting also works well. In Britain it is rare to find halibut in a fish n chip shop because of the price but it can be ordered in advance. Also you will find skate. My favourite is plaice but I haven't seen it in the States.

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              1. re: smartie

                I had forgotten about plaice!!! YUM! Yeah, don't find it in N America...

              2. Skate is first, then cod/haddock. Halibut is too gorgeous to waste on frying.