Surfers Chips
Originally posted July 15th 2014 in Summer Shorts

Summer Lockdown Snacks: Surfer’s Cheesy Chips – but at home!

If you are a regular visitor to the British coast during the summer holidays, particularly those frequented by surfers, you may have come across ‘Surfer’s Chips’ in the local beach café. This high energy snack is both delicious and easy on the pocket, and is simply chips topped with sliced onion and grated Cheddar cheese.

You can recreate this easily at home and relive some of those carefree days on the beach. Cafés usually serve the onion raw but cooked onion is sweeter and gentler.

Pop some decent quality oven chips in the oven. Ten minutes after the start of cooking time remove from the oven and top with thinly sliced rings of onion – red onion works best. Return to the oven and finish cooking. Once cooked and still piping hot, scatter immediately with grated cheese.

Surfer’s Chips: Mayo Version

Proceed as before but leave out the cheese and serve the oniony chips with mayonnaise and salad.

Beach Buttie

Make a ‘beach buttie’ – sandwich either of the chip versions in a bap – go on, you know you want to!


Cheesy chips are brilliant served with chilli as a change from rice. Scatter the chips with a few sliced chillies for the last five minutes of cooking time as well if you like.