Beer-Battered Tilapia With Mango Salsa

Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is a recipe I've seen credited to I made some slight revisions: more spice, only whole wheat flour, dark beer, less vinegar and lime juice and mint in the salsa instead of cilantro. I omitted the salt entirely. I used a large, shallow frying pan so I was able to cook all the pieces at once.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine the mango, onion, vinegar, lime juice and mint. Let sit in the fridge while preparing fish (if you can refrigerate it for an hour or more, that's even better).
  2. Combine flour, spices, and beer. Using a whisk helps get any lumps out. Put the batter in a shallow dish.
  3. Clean and dry the tilapia fillets. Cut in half length-wise.
  4. Heat the oil in a large shallow frying pan at medium-high heat.
  5. Coat each piece of fish with batter and place in hot oil.
  6. Cook on each side for about 2-3 minutes - until batter is crusty and fish is white.
  7. Place fish pieces on paper towels to blot excess oil.
  8. Serve mango salsa over fish. (I also like to serve it with a side of roasted red potatoes).
  9. NOTE: If you can't find a ripe mango, you can substitute one kiwi, a few large strawberries and a couple of chunks of pineapple.
Most Helpful

Been making this for years now and I realized I have never reviewed it! I actually put the fish and salsa along with a little shredded cheese into flour tortillas and it makes some nice fish tacos! Somewhere down the line I started using basalmic vinegar, and I add 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning in the batter instead of the spices listed. Always a hit for guests, and so easy. Will try with Chicken as someone suggested. Thank you for a lovely recipe!

LousyChef October 05, 2014

I tried this recipe with tilapia and with chicken breasts, cut into strips. The chicken was delicious! Thank you!

Mrs. Wright January 25, 2010

Cathianne... I was actually searching for a favourite Tilapia recipe (which my family loves) and yours appeared! I looked over at my lovely ripe mango's and changed direction... Mmmm! I am so pleased I did! Our daughter prepared a delightful salad and together we made a rice pilaf... A delightful meal! Thank you for sharing! Keep them coming! Mama Marilyn

Mama Marilyn September 09, 2009