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Indulge in the crispy goodness of Long John Silver’s Batter Fish or Chicken with this easy-to-follow recipe. Recreate the beloved classic dish at home and enjoy the delicious flavors of perfectly fried fish or chicken coated in a light and crispy batter.

Why Make This Recipe

Making Long John Silver’s Batter Fish or Chicken at home allows you to control the ingredients and customize the seasoning to your liking. Plus, it’s a fun and budget-friendly way to treat yourself to some homemade comfort food.

How to Make Long John Silver’s Batter Fish or Chicken


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • Chicken or fish fillets


  1. In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Add the hot water to the dry ingredients and mix well until a smooth batter is formed.
  3. Completely coat the chicken or fish fillets with the batter, ensuring they are evenly coated.
  4. Fry the coated fillets in hot oil until they turn golden brown and crispy.
  5. Remove from the oil and place on a paper towel to absorb excess oil.

How to Serve Long John Silver’s Batter Fish or Chicken

Serve the crispy fried fish or chicken hot and fresh. Pair it with tartar sauce, lemon wedges, coleslaw, or your favorite side dishes for a complete meal.

How to Store Long John Silver’s Batter Fish or Chicken

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, place the fish or chicken in a preheated oven to maintain its crispiness.

Tips to Make Long John Silver’s Batter Fish or Chicken

  • Ensure the oil is at the right temperature before frying to achieve a crispy exterior.
  • Pat the chicken or fish fillets dry with paper towels before coating them with batter to help the batter adhere better.
  • Experiment with adding spices or herbs to the batter for extra flavor.


For a gluten-free version, you can substitute the all-purpose flour with rice flour or a gluten-free flour blend. Additionally, you can add spices like paprika, garlic powder, or onion powder to the batter for a different flavor profile.


  1. Can I use this batter for vegetables? Yes, you can use the same batter to coat vegetables like zucchini, mushrooms, or onion rings for a vegetarian option.
  2. Is it necessary to use hot water in the batter? Using hot water helps create a lighter and crispier batter, but you can also use cold water if needed.
  3. Can I bake the fish or chicken instead of frying? While baking may result in a slightly different texture, you can try baking the coated fillets in the oven for a healthier alternative.

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