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Crispy Beer Battered Fish Recipe

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If you are looking for a tasty beer-battered fish, this recipe fits the bill. Tender cod fillets that are in a wet beer batter and pan-fried till golden brown. Flakey, tender white fish in a savory beer batter breading. 

fried cod plank in hand

This is the beer-battered cod. A great fish fry recipe that you can use a deep fryer or a pan-fried fish. Whether you plan to cook a little fish or a lot, this beer batter recipe is great with almost all white fish. 

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🍳Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Easy batter
  • Simple ingredients
  • Easy Lunch Or Dinner Recipe
  • Most lager beers work great
  • Flavorful and fluffy batter
  • Keeps fish nice and moist as it pan-fries
  • Quick cook 
  • Beer batter works great with all white fish fillets (bass, cod filet, catfish, tilapia filet, etc)
spices and flour in a bowl on marble counter

🌶️ Ingredients Needed

  • White Fish – Tilapia, Cod, Bass, Catfish are all great fish varieties to use. You will find any white fish works great.
  • Cornstarch – Helps bring the batter a light and airy texture
  • Beer – Adjusts the texture and gives a nice flavor to the batter.
  • Creole – This is a Cajun spice to help bring out natural flavors in the fish.
  • Paprika, Garlic, And Onion Powder – Added spices for flavoring.
  • Oil for frying.
skillet with fish being fried

🐟 How To Make

  1. In a bowl add your flour, cornstarch, Creole, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir until combined.
  2. Next pour in your beer and stir the batter until well mixed. If too thick add a teaspoon of water at a time.
  3. Pat dry your fillets and then season with salt and pepper. Dip into the batter.
  4. Place in a fryer or pan that has 375-degree oil. Deep fry flipping it once. The fish needs to read an internal temperature of 145.
battered fish

🧅 What To Serve With Fried Fish

Go for a classic fish and chips, or step out and try some other tasty side dishes to pair with your pan fried cod.

fish on plate with coleslaw by it

🥡 Storage

Like any fried food, this fried fish is best when served fresh. If you happen to have leftover fish, go right ahead and place in an airtight container and store in the fridge.

The fish can store for a day or two. Then just reheat in microwave, skillet, or even an air fryer.

🍤 Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

Tartar sauce is the perfect condiment to pair with your deep fried fish. You can make it very easily with ingredients you might have on hand.

Go here for a tartar sauce recipe that is rich, flavorful, and tasty when paired with this fish batter recipe. Dill relish, mayonnaise, capers, and more all in one savory sauce.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, I think it is the best white fish recipe, and it is great with tartar sauce, lemon juice, splash of hot sauce or even white distilled vinegar.

🧈 Recipe FAQs

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Beer Battered Fish

Yield: 2 pounds fish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes

Beer Battered Fish is a homemade beer batter that you dredge white fish in and deep fry or pan fry in a skillet. Crispy light breading with a flakey and moist fish inside. A fantastic fish and chips recipe.


  • 2 pounds fish fillets (I used cod)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 12-ounce beer (light or pale ale style)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Creole spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons water (optional)
  • Oil for frying


  1. Heat oil in a skillet to 365-375 degrees.
  2. Pat dry your fish with a paper towel. Then lightly season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a bowl add your flour, cornstarch, creole, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika.
  4. Stir in the beer mixing well. If the batter seems too thick add a teaspoon of water a time till it reaches a thinner consistency.
  5. Dip your dried fish into the fish batter and carefully place in the hot oil. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until the fish is fully cooked and the batter is golden brown.
  6. If you are pan-frying the fish flip it once so the batter on both sides fully cooks.
  7. Serve up your beer-battered fish with chips, coleslaw, or any other of your favorite side dishes.


To reheat your fish air fry at 325, microwave, or even cook in oven till fully warmed.

Serve with your favorite sides, a drizzle of lemon juice, or even vinegar.

Place cooked cod filets on a paper towel to soak up any excess grease.

You can use any white fish you have for this recipe. Make sure to pat fish dry, or the wet batter will not stick well.

The fish needs to be fresh, if frozen allow it to fully thaw. Otherwise, the batter will break off the fish.

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