Lisa Faulkner's fish and chips with tartare sauce recipe

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Lisa Faulkner's breadcrumbed fish and chips with tartare sauce is a real classic that's super easy to make and takes just 15 minutes to prepare

Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time45 mins
Total Time1 hours
Cost RangeCheap

Lisa Faulkner's breadcrumbed fish and chips with tartare sauce is a real classic that's super easy to make and takes just 15 minutes to prepare. This recipe is much healthier than your average takeaway and is perfect as a Friday night treat. The crisp breadcrumb-coated halibut, golden homemade chips and creamy tartare sauce work wonders together. Plus, this recipe shows you how to make tartare sauce from scratch - once you've made this version, you'll never look back


For the tartare sauce:

  • 100g Greek yogurt
  • 25g gherkins, chopped


  • garlic clove, crushed
  • grated rind of 1 lemon
  • juice of


  • lemon
  • 10g capers, chopped
  • small bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

For the fish and chips:

  • 4 baking potatoes
  • 2-3tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 1tbsp freshly chopped dill
  • 100g breadcrumbs (fresh or dried)
  • grated rind of


  • lemon
  • flour, for dusting
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 x halibut fillets, weighing about 175g each, skinned




  1. Preheat the oven to 190C, gas 5 and line or grease two baking trays.
  2. First, make the tartare sauce. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl, adding salt and pepper to taste (you may not need much salt as the capers are salty). Set aside until needed.
  3. Chop the potatoes into 'chunky chip'-sized pieces, leaving the skin on. Place in a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down slightly and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Drain and place on one of the baking trays. Coat with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, turning occasionally.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the fish. Mix the dill with the breadcrumbs and lemon rind in a shallow bowl. Put the flour and beaten egg in 2 separate shallow bowls. Dust each fillet of fish in flour, then dip in the beaten egg and then the breadcrumb mix and place on the prepared baking tray. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, depending on thickness of the fillets.
  5. Serve the fish with the chunky chips and tartare sauce.
Top Tip for making Lisa Faulkner's fish and chips with tartare sauce

Swap the halibut for cod instead.

Lisa Faulkner is the actress turned celebrity chef who won series five of the popular BBC TV show, Celebrity Masterchef. Since winning the show in 2010, she has released five cookbooks full of homely recipes that have quickly become family favorites. Born in London, she started modelling at 15 and spent time in Paris before moving on to acting at 16 years old. Lisa went on to star in some of the most well loved soaps and TV dramas including Holby City, Spooks and EastEnders. Lisa has a daughter, 13-year old Billie who she adopted with her first husband Chris Coghill. Speaking openly about her daughter, Lisa has said adopting Billie was the best day of her life, “I’ll remember that day for the rest of my life. It’s the greatest privilege to be a mother and the greatest challenge of my life and one for which I’m so grateful. Seeing my daughter develop and learn is a miracle to me.” She split from Coghill in 2011 and married Masterchef Judge, John Torode in 2019 after seven years of dating. Many of Lisa’s recipes are inspired by her mother’s own cooking - “The wonderful aromas, the knife on the chopping board and her wedding ring tinkling against her glass rolling pin as she shaped pastry. Everything that she made was delicious, and to me she was just magic.” With this in mind, she curates wholesome flavours and family favourites like fish and chips (opens in new tab), leg of lamb (opens in new tab) and delicious blueberry muffins (opens in new tab) within her collections. This taste for family cooking she brings online to her social media (opens in new tab) channels, where she shares her secret to some of the most well-loved recipes out there and offers an insight into her life with husband John. If you’re looking for tasty and nourishing recipes for your family, we’re sure to have the Lisa Faulkner recipes you’ll need to be inspired in the kitchen.