Beer Batter for Fish

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Total Time
10 mins
30 mins

One of the best batter recipes going! The secret ingredient: Beer!

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  • 1 cup flour
  • 34 teaspoon baking powder
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 12 cup water
  • 12 cup beer
  • 1 egg
  • vegetable oil, for deep frying (about 4 cups)
  • 2 lbs fish fillets (halibut, cod, haddock or perch)


  1. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. Make a well in center; pour in water, beer and egg, whisking to make a smooth batter.
  3. Let stand 20 minutes.
  4. Heat oil in large saucepan to 350.
  5. Dip fish fillets in batter, adding to hot oil one at a time.
  6. Cook about 5 minutes, turning once or twice, until golden and crisp.
  7. Remove to paper towel-lined plate.
  8. Repeat with remaining fish.