Vodka Fish and Chips
April 7th, 2010|Filed Under Meats, Recipes

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I had the chance to visit the great country of England a couple of weeks ago.  I went to the home of The Beatles, Austin Powers and Fluoride free water to visit some friends. I had a blast, but couldn’t find a dirty martini anywhere. And they call this place civilized?

My friends took me to Borough Market by the London Bridge. I got to sample all different types of food and had a blast. I had so much fun that I went back two days later. The second time there, I sat next to this 300 pound / 21.4 stone (for my UK fans) shop owner and ate some fish and chips with her. She saw me interrogate the cashier about what kind of beer they use in their batter. He didn’t give in so I sat down. I wondered if waterboarding was legal in the UK. The lady chatted me up a bit and told me over and over how much I reminded her of her dead son. I was close to telling Mr. Belvedere that I was her son, but reincarnated into an American and needed some money. Turns out my new mother was the owner of the fish and chips shop and wanted to let me in on a few little secrets. The first being, she used vodka in her batter instead of beer and secondly, she wasn’t wearing any underwear. Hmmmm, is she really going commando? At this point, I didn’t know if she was drunk off her fish or if her fish was frozen.

In all honesty, I didn’t know if she was crazy or drunk, but I decided to give it a shot and you can choose your friends, but not your family. I took the standard English beer batter recipe and switched out the beer for vodka.  What I got was a light and crispy shell that I’ve never had before.

Serve with French Fries and Tartar Sauce

Recipe: Vodka Fish and Chips


  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Vodka (Belvedere)
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Paprika (Sweet)


  1. Combine and whisk all the ingredients until smooth and lump free. Cover and put in the fridge until ready to use.

Number of servings (yield): 6

Meal type: dinner

Recipe: The Fish


  • 1 Pound fresh Cod
  • 1 Plate of Flour
  • 3 Cups Peanut Oil


  1. Pour the oil in a large pot and heat on medium-high. Use a tall pot and fill it half way. So you might need more oil than 3 cups. Once your oil is hot. Cut the fish into strips and add to the plate of flour. You want to coat the fish and shake the excess flour off. Do 2 or 3 pieces at a time. Take the floured fish and add to the Vodka batter. Cover and drop 1 piece of fish at time to the hot oil. Slowly stir the fish while frying for about 4 minutes. When the fish turns golden brown take them out, place on paper towels and sprinkle with salt.

Recipe: Tartar Sauce


  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons Dill – Finely Chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Teaspoons White Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 15 Cornichon Pickles – Finely Chopped


  1. Mix all the ingredients and refrigerate for an hour.

4 Responses to “Vodka Fish and Chips”

  1. Nick says:

    Dear MySocialChef:

    Cod is overfished and it’s stock is pretty much depleted all over the world. If you want your grandkiddies to ever even taste cod, you should teach people how to eat fish ethically. You should check out “Bottomfeeder” by Taras Grescoe (

    Next time try pollack. It’ll be equally good and you won’t be contributing to unethical fishing practices.

    Also, you’re the bomb!

  2. Petrit Husenaj says:

    Dear Nick.

    Suck it!

    You’re the bomb too!

    The Social Chef.

  3. Jae Boogie says:

    You’re missing something here – “serve with MALT VINEGAR!”

  4. Dixie Carter says:

    E ty marroft zoti Jae Boogie.

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