Fried Fish

Recipe by Steve_G
READY IN: 50mins
YIELD: 1 batch


  • safflower oil, For Frying, 1 gallon
  • 2
    cups flour
  • 1
    tablespoon baking powder
  • 1
    teaspoon kosher salt
  • 14
    teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1
    dash Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1
    bottle brown beer, cold
  • 1 12
    lbs firm-fleshed white fish fillets, cut into 1 ounce strips (tilapia, pollock, cod)
  • cornstarch, for dredging


  • Heat oven to 200 degrees F.
  • Heat the safflower oil in a 5-quart Dutch oven over high heat until it reaches 350 degrees.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cayenne pepper, and Old Bay seasoning.
  • Whisk in the beer until the batter is completely smooth and free of any lumps.
  • Refrigerate for 15-60 minutes.
  • Lightly dredge fish strips in cornstarch.
  • Working in small batches, dip the fish into batter and immerse into hot oil.
  • When the batter is set, turn the pieces of fish over and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes.
  • Drain the fish on a roasting rack.
  • Allow oil to return to 350 degrees between batches.