Lemon sole goujons with watercress and tartare sauce

Posh fried fish is the order of the day with this easy recipe for beer-battered perfection.

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For the batter

For the tartare sauce

For the fish

To serve


  1. For the batter, sift the plain flour and cornflour together into a bowl.

  2. Whisk in the ale and the soda water until the mixture is smooth and well combined. Set aside to rest for 10 minutes, then whisk again for 30 seconds.

  3. Meanwhile, for the tartare sauce, mix together all of the tartare sauce ingredients until well combined. Chill in the fridge until needed.

  4. To cook the fish, pour enough vegetable oil into a deep-sided, heavy-based pan to fill it by about two-thirds. Heat the oil until a breadcrumb sizzles and turns golden-brown when dropped into it. (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.)

  5. Sprinkle a little flour onto a plate and press both sides of each of the lemon sole strips into the flour until completely covered.

  6. Dip the floured lemon sole strips into the batter, then gently lower them into the hot oil and fry until crisp and golden-brown. Remove from the pan using a slotted spoon and set aside to drain on kitchen paper.

  7. To serve, place a few lemon sole goujons onto each of four serving plates. Spoon a dollop of tartare sauce alongside each portion. Garnish with a handful of watercress leaves.

Recipe Tips

When fried, the batter will be crisper if no salt is added and it is not refrigerated.