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Fish and Chips

Good Old Fish n’ Chips

4-5 Servings ~ 30 min
  • 1 kg Kariba bream Tilapia
  • 1 1/4 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 cups constarch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 300ml soda water

Fish and chips is one of those dishes that  many of us Zimbabweans relish. I admit, things have changed a bit post 2000. Before this particularly in the 80s and 90s many takeaways used to specialize a lot in fish and chips dishes. This in many ways is of course due to historical English influence. You still find some great fish and chips takeaways around town. In this recipe am solely focusing on doing your fish. I have previously done a recipe on doing what I consider great fries here.

Resources/Equipment You Will Need

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring jug
  • Frying pan
  • Slotted spoon
  • Greaseproof paper


  1. Get your ingredients ready.  These include 1 kg Kariba bream Tilapia; 1 1/4 plain flour, 1/2 cup cornstarch, 1 tsp salt; 1 tsp baking powder; 1 tsp dried thyme; 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper; 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    and 300ml soda water
  2. Put 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup cornstarch, salt, garlic, baking powder, freshly ground black pepper,  and thyme into your bowl. Give everything a quick mix until everything is combined.
  3. Add your soda water and mix until a batter is formed.
  4. Put the remaining 1/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup cornstarch into a bowl. Combine gently.
  5. Heat oil in pan. Coat each piece with the mixed flour. Shake off the excess.  Dip the fish into the bowl with the batter. Again shake off any excess before frying in the pan. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Should take about 10-15 min.
  6. Repeat process until the fish is finished. Enjoy with your fries and a salad.
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Make sure to add some lovely salad...
Make sure to add some lovely salad…