Beer Battered Fish

Beer Battered Fish


Beer battered fish is easier to make at home than you think. Stay in, make your own and save some money.  What could be better than that? This batter is made delightfully light and crispy with the use of a light colored beer and baking powder.

Beer Battered Fish - Stay in, save money and fry your own fish. It always taste better!

Plan ahead, it’s best to make the batter at least 30 minutes before dipping the fish.  The resting time allows the carbonation in the beer to activate the baking powder for a lighter, crispier batter.

Beer Battered Fish - Stay in, save money and fry your own fish. It always taste better!

Cut the fish into long strips about 6 inches.  Pat dry with paper towels. Heat your oil to 375 degrees. Fry the cod about 4 to 6 minutes on the first side, turn over and cook another 2 to 3 minutes.  It depends on the thickness of the strips.  Some of mine were thinner and cooked quicker than others.

Beer Battered Fish - Stay in, save money and fry your own fish. It always taste better!

You end up with crispy and fluffy beer battered fish right in your own kitchen! This cod was so tasty. Serve with Jalapeno Hushpuppies. As I’ve told you all before I hate frying, but I would do this beer battered fish anytime.

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Beer Battered Fish
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Crispy, light and moist beer battered fish.
Recipe type: Fish
Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle of beer, any light colored beer
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (this is for dredging)
  • 1½ pounds fresh cod fillets, cut into long strips (6 inches long)
  • canola oil for frying
  • lemon wedges and/or malt vinegar (for drizzling on the fish)
  1. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and beer until a smooth thin batter forms. It should be thinner than a pancake batter but slightly thicker than a crepe batter. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Cut the cod fillets into (6 inch) strips. Pat the fish with a paper towel to make sure it is completely dry.
  3. Mix together in a small bowl, the salt, pepper, garlic powder and cayenne.
  4. Season both sides of the cod with some of the seasoning mix. Reserve half of the seasonings for the dredging flour.
  5. In a shallow dish (a pie plate works perfect), pour the 1 cup of all-purpose flour and the reserved seasoning mix, whisk or stir to combine. (This step makes the beer batter adhere to the fish.)
  6. In a large pot, dutch oven or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fill up the pot halfway with oil. Once the oil is heated to 375 degrees, you are ready to fry the fish. Working with one strip at a time, dip the fish into the seasoned flour, coat evenly on both sides. Then dip the fish into the beer batter, completely dunking it until it is fully submerged. Drain excess batter and then carefully drop the battered fish into the oil. Don’t overcrowd the pot, work in batches. Fry for 4 to 6 minutes on the first side. Flip it over and continue to cook for another 2 to 3 minutes on the second side. Only flip the fish once. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels. Transfer to a cooling rack placed on top of a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining fish. (To keep the fish warm and crispy until ready to eat, place the baking sheet in a 200°F oven.)
  7. Serve warm with lemon wedges, malt vinegar and tarter sauce.
Beer Battered Fish - Stay in, save money and fry your own fish. It always taste better!


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  1. Reply

    This sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Brittany!

  2. Reply

    Yummmmmmy I’ve always wanted to trying making beer battered fish from scratch. I doubly love that you used Rebel IPA – delish! Thanks for sharing, found you at Friday Funday! 🙂

  3. Reply

    We loves to make beer battered fish with fresh-caught fish. Thanks for sharing this at Turn It Up Tuesday!

  4. Reply

    thank you for sharing this yumminess at the Thursday favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature tomorrow

  5. Reply

    Can you use another kind of fish? Maybe catfish?

    1. Reply

      I suggest a firm fish. Not sure catfish would hold up. Thank you for coming by! 🙂

  6. Reply

    This looks an interesting recipe

  7. Reply

    I’m so wanting fish & chips for dinner now! Pinned for later. Hope to see you again soon!

    1. Reply

      Thanks for pinning, Theresa!

  8. Reply

    What a great recipe, perfect for our fish fry, thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  9. Reply

    That is delicious and crispy fish love to try it, thanks for sharing with hearth and soul blog hop. pinning and tweeting

  10. Reply

    Those look light, fluffy and tasty. Pair them up with some french fries and a great tartar sauce and I’m in. We don’t do fish and chips often but when we do I like them just like this. The beer really makes the batter fluffy, and now you’ve made me really hungry. I’m craving fish and chips.

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Nikki! I could go for some again myself. 🙂

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  12. Reply

    Congratulations on being featured on Turn it Up Tuesday! These look so delicious…I really, really want some now!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Evelyn!

  13. Reply

    Thanks for submitting this delicious fish recipe to the RTSTH community! It will be published later this week and will be a part of our social media sharing! Feel free to submit any recipes or tutorials you’d like shared with our readers! -Melanie|RTSTH

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much Melanie!

  14. Reply

    Gosh this looks good! I really must give it a try, along with your coconut cupcakes. Featured at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    My Dad would go crazy for your crispy Beer Battered Fish, actually anyone would! Congratulations, it’s one of my #FavoritePosts from last week’s #CreativeMuster Party and will be featured tonight at 6pm EST! Thanks for linking it up – we can’t wait to see what you bring tonight! This post has been shared on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter for my followers to enjoy too! ~Heather

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much Heather! 🙂

  17. Reply

    I think I drooled while looking at this. I haven’t had lunch and now I’m craving fish, haha. This look awesome! Thanks for linking up with Delicious Dishes Recipe Party!

  18. Reply

    This looked so good that I made it – and it turned out fantastic! My first try and deep frying. I’ll be featuring this tomorrow at You Link It, We Make It! Thanks so much!

    1. Reply

      Oh April, I’m so glad you tried it!!! I’m not a huge fan of deep frying either. I like the food just not the smell in my house! 🙂

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        It was so good! I forgot to invite you to our group Pinterest board. If you are interested in joining, shoot me an email with your Pinterest email at!

  19. Reply

    This sounds absolutely delicious. Be great for a weekend get together with friends and a few drinks too lol 🙂 Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

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    I’m going to have to give this a try – I’m from the West Coast and they just don’t make beer battered fish quite the same on the East Coast. It seems like forever since I’ve had really tasty, perfectly crunchy fish and chips! I can’t wait! Thanks so much for linking up at the You Link It, We Make it Party and congratulations on your feature!

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Kim!

  23. Reply

    Oh my goodness gracious, this looks divine!!!! I especially your food-tography 🙂 totally pinning, have a great day! xo

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Jess!

  24. Reply

    This Beer Battered Fish looks amazing!! I am featuring it tomorrow!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!!

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Elaine!

  25. Reply

    I’m not a big fish person at all, but the pictures of this look awesome! It makes me want to try it! Thanks for linking up at Friday Funday and please come back again next week!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Carrie!

  26. Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing with the Let’s Get Real party.

    1. Reply

      My pleasure, Gaye!

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  29. Reply

    Ever time i’m out and I see something like this I order it! It’s about time I try it for myself!! I love Rebel IPA…this must be delicious!

    1. Reply

      Me too! Thank you for coming by, Melanie!

  30. Reply

    I love fish and this looks delicious! Have you ever used the batter on any other foods? I was thinking this batter would be good on shrimp too? What are your thoughts? Thank you so much for linking up with us at Funtastic Friday!

    1. Reply

      I have not, Lacie. But I think it would be awesome on shrimp. Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

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  32. Reply

    Thanks for linking up with us this week!

    This recipe caught my eye mainly because of my love of fish and beer. I will be featuring this on my next Peace, Love, Link-up on Friday the 8th. Feel free to stop by and share some new posts!

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Ashleigh! 🙂

  33. Reply

    I love beer battered fish, but have never made it at home before, this looks wonderful! Rebel IPA is a favorite at our house too 🙂 Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend?!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Joy!

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  35. Reply

    This looks so tasty right now! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday! 🙂

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Dee!

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      Thank you, Dee! 🙂

  36. Reply

    Beer battered fish is SUCH a big thing around here, but I’ve never made it myself! Guess I’ll have to change it now. Looks delicious!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Ashley!

  37. Reply

    I’m a total sucker for fried fish. Especially GOOD fried fish. I am definitely trying this recipe. Thank you for sharing at #FoodieFriDIY

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Christie! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

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  39. Reply

    I’ve made this many times and we love it!!! I have a question though… We’re having a large group over on Saturday so I’d like to batter the fish Friday night. Do you think that’ll work?

    1. Reply

      Janet, I’m so happy you dropped by to tell me you love this recipe! 🙂 Honestly, I have never pre-battered the fish and I really don’t think it will hold up well over night. 🙁

      1. Reply

        Thank you. I was worried about trying it.

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