With a light and airy batter studded with sesame seeds and a vibrant, herbal dipping sauce, Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s take on fish and chips is fresh-tasting and crispy. Any firm white fish will work well here, black cod is Lefebvre’s preference since it’s oil-rich and has a lovely mild flavor.


Read the full recipe after the video.

Recipe Summary

30 mins
20 mins


Dipping sauce
Fish and Chips


Make the dipping sauce
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and prepare an ice bath.  Blanch the zucchini until tender-crisp, about 3 minutes, remove and shock in an ice bath for 1 minute until cool. Drain and puree the zucchini with garlic, yogurt, tarragon, cilantro, and chives in a blender until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

  • Heat the oil to 350° in a very large enameled cast iron pot.  Fry the sliced potatoes in 3 batches, separating the slices as you add them to the pot.  Keep the oil between 340° and 350°. Be careful as the oil may splatter.  Stir with a slotted spoon so the chips stay separate.  Remove when they turn golden brown, about 4 minutes, and place on a plate lined with a paper towel.  Season with salt immediately.

Immediately before frying, make the batter
  • Combine the flour and lemon juice and zest.  Add the cold sparkling water, black pepper, and sesame seeds and mix thoroughly. One filet at a time, dip fish in batter, coating each piece completely, and let extra batter drip off fish.

  • Fry battered fish for approximately 3 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove and place on a plate lined with a paper towel.  Season with salt immediately.

  • Serve the fried fish and potatoes with the dipping sauce.